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1. O'Toole's latest dribble in the Guardian has it that #Brexit is more to do with our own political dysfunction than anything to do with the EU (which is conveniently a reason to stop Brexit). Superficially it scans, but there's a few problems here...
2. No one can argue that our system of government is any longer fit for purpose. It's aloof, out of touch and completely archaic. It has been for decades. Were I generous enough to say the EU wasn't a cause of our problems, I would say it's a symptom of the political malaise.
3. At the centre of this is a political culture that believes it has a god given right to rule rather than govern. Its central flaw is its narcissism and belief in its own virtue. Consequently, it does as it pleases without consultation or consent.
4. Being that power is centralised in London it has developed its own cosmopolitan snobbery, believing the backward proles don't know what is in their own interests and their fears are born of primitive instincts and outdated attitudes. They see it as their role to correct us.
5. In respect of that, at every major decision point through our EU membership it has never sought consent. They know they would never get it. Maastricht, FoM, Lisbon were all things done to us - radical constitutional change under a fog of deception and again belittling concerns
6. We then get to a point where there is a Westminster consensus so at election time there is no alternative to vote for. They are all marginally different flavours of the same liberal progressive consensus which will never put up any resistance to EU directives.
7. Being that they are shallow narcissistic creatures, ever vulnerable to any passing fad, they will willingly consent to whatever EU design is put before them and obligingly transpose it into UK law, largely without contest. We the people, therefore, have no line of defence.
8. Having established EU rule, our own democracy is then neatly contained inside predefined parameters where government national and local, is little more than an implementing agent of the EU project, working to its quotas, targets and objectives.
9. Consequently nothing they implement ever appears on any manifesto, and anything that is on a manifesto is subordinate to the rules and objectives laid down by Brussels. This more than anything has castrated our politics and non participation becomes the norm.
10. Fast forward to today and we find MPs have zero concept of the extent of EU integration and have no idea what we are actually a member of or what its respective components actually do. This is a whole system of foreign government our parliament does not engage in on any level
11. We now find that we have zero domestic expertise in trade, virtually no negotiating talent, and no ability to manage complex change because that function has long been outsourced. The collapse of political vitality and competence and EU membership is not coincidental.
12. O'Toole then calls for a complete overhaul of our politics, presumably requiring greater democratisation, but if the parameters of government are already laid down by Brussels and consequently cannot be changed, then how can we say reforms would in any way empower people?
13. The recurrent feature of EU governance is its slowness to respond, its rigidity and its inability to reform its own rules in a timely manner. Seven years is fast for the EU. We do not have responsive government and get used to the idea that broken things stay broken.
14. The effect of this is cumulative where anything requiring reform requires agreement of EU27 and permission from the Commission, and knowing how futile that is, once something becomes law whether we want it or not, we are lumbered with it. In no way can you call that democracy
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