Opinion: Is the left’s love affair with democracy finally over?


There is a real problem for a huge swathe of the UK’s political left, generally Labour or Green supporters and ardent fans of Jeremy Corbyn. They are also likely to have been zealous Remain supporters, most probably a University student or from a Metropolitan area in London.

YouGov figures suggested that only 35% of 18-24 year olds voted in the Referendum. You would never have thought it judging by twitter comments from trendy lefty celebs, University students and The Peoples Republic of Islington.

With so many vocal Remainers, apparently passionate, where were they in the lead up to campaigning? Retweeting and sharing anti-brexit articles to their anti-brexit peers and de-friending or ostracising anyone who happened to think differently to them.

This is the real problem, the lack of willingness to engage in democratic politics. For these people being on the left of politics is as much a lifestyle and fashion choice as it is a political one. Being on the left sits well with their music taste, the clothes they wear, the food they eat and the things they buy. The only passion they have is for getting their own way and they really do not mind how they go about it. No Cuts they declare, but no realistic answers on how to cut the deficit, let alone the debt. Open borders and hug a refugee they cry, yet no plan on how many should come or how our infrastructure and our communities will cope. Tory Scum they scream to Boris Johnson outside his home with blatant disregard to the will of the electorate. Disagree with them and you are a racist, a homophobe, an ageist or whichever insult they can think to call you for disagreeing with their opinion.

They do not respect democracy, so why would they engage with it? On our timelines and on our televisions they wish for our Government to ignore the will of the people, because they know best and know that those that have voted the wrong way are simply mistaken. They believe they are here to help us correct that mistake.

An often quoted phrase and attributed to Winston Churchill is that “the fascists of the future will call themselves anti-fascists” I would argue that they are already here.


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