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Summer Blog: MPs have now left Westminster, returning to their constituencies for the annual summer break. For many it will be a bitter sweet homecoming. They have been humbled by their voters, who showed more courage then they did in taking one of the most important decisions since 1940 about how Britain is governed, and by whom. Although the vote to leave the EU prompted a period of tumultuous political change, the sense of quiet relief across the country is now palpable. Britain’s democracy has done what it does best. It has facilitated a peaceful revolution against those who wielded power, dramatically but quietly. British people returned their country to accountable, parliamentary government. In their understated way they went to the ballot boxes in their millions. They voted to end autocratic rule by an alien power and, in so doing, set off the chain of events to return power, seamlessly and authoritatively to the people with whom it had, for centuries, rested. The new prime minister, Theresa May, lost no time in completing the revolution.
Those who had shamed Britain’s system of free, democratic, parliamentary government were gone within days. They had flouted the rules under which freedom flourishes by highhanded attempts to scare or bribe people into doing what their rulers told them, adding injury to insult by deploying hard-earned taxpayers’ money to ram an ill-founded message home, threatening the most horrendous economic, political and military scenarios, should voters disobey. That they also called in reinforcements from the international jet-set of the powerful and famous came as no surprise to Britain’s voters.
June: Freedom not Fantasy- Dr Sheila Lawlor reflects on the Referendum results
May: Treasury Forecasts: Politics or Truth? John Redwood critiques the involvement of the Treasury in the referendum debate