Thursday, 1 September 2016

There is a divine sense of humour at work in the universe. Irony is the gift to see it.

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There is a divine sense of humour at work in the universe. Irony is the gift to see it.


This thought came to me when I read a poll carried out by the Electoral Reform Society that said David Cameron and Jeremy Corbyn's part in the Brexit referendum campaign persuaded many voters to vote Leave.

The Electoral Reform Society, though ostensibly neutral, can't hide how unhappy it is with the referendum result. Referendums are not part of its ideas for electoral reform, which seek to doom England to ending our first-past-the-post system, in favour of perpetual coalitions in which the liberal centre always has a veto.

If a future referendum is held they want an official body to adjudicate on whether assertions by politicians are factually true. The members of such a body would be, of course, the kind of experts that Michael Gove accurately said the country is tired of. Exactly the experts who advised of immediate disaster if Leave won the vote.

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