tph wrote:The problems is that a lot of MP's think that their own opinion is more important than that of the people they represent...
tph wrote:An MP's duty is to represent the people that elected them. If they believe that the people's opinion is wrong they must try and persuade them to change their minds. If they can't do that then they have to fall in line with that view.
Isaac Asimov wrote:... democracy means that "my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge".
To hold the people in contempt and simply disregard their views is the action of a dictator not that of someone who believes in democracy.
Re-read the first line of your first post. Now imagine what a dictator would say when asked why they did what they did.
tph wrote:You seem to bestow MP's with more intelligence than they perhaps deserve.
Both sides of the debate on Europe made claims and put forward arguments which were not correct.
To quote Stephen R Covey "Correct principles are like lighthouses, you cannot break them, you can only break yourself against them". Democracy is a correct principle. If you plot a course (or pursue a policy) which is in conflict with that principle you will eventually end up on the rocks.
Democracy is what legitimises parliaments power. Without it there is no legitimate power.
In a democracy everyone gets a vote regardless of their level of education. That has to be accepted.
tph wrote:It sounds like you want to fiddle the system to produce a particular result. The problem with that is it never works all of the time.
I heard an interesting debate about Brexit on the radio yesterday regarding the educational divide on the vote.
There was a professor at a Scottish university explaining that he voted remain as the university received a lot of funding from European grants and that this secured his work (and his job).
They also had a gentleman who worked in the unskilled labour market who voted leave as he found it very difficult to find work because of the oversupply of unskilled workers due to high levels of European unskilled workers in his area.
Both essentially voted for the same reason, that of protecting their jobs. The difference in educational backgrounds makes little difference and it would be wrong to suggest that one was more valid than the other.
The professor's vote is quite likely also selfish,
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