Sunday, 27 October 2019

An election is not a referendum

Here I am discussing whether or not an election is the right thing to do right now on Paul on Politics. I am ready for an election, they are always interesting and a great opportunity to drum up support but should we really have one at this point?

The country remains split on Brexit and Parliament even more so. It is in stalemate, unable to move in any direction. Labour are posturing to get themselves into the best position to go into an election, Tories are doing the same. Lib Dems are refusing to support a unity government under the leader of the opposition. None of them are acting in the best interests of the country.

An election now would be a referendum. A one issue vote that would ignore all of the other significant problems that need attention. We may end up this a government that has a mandate to solve the Brexit impasse and do untold damage to the the country in other policy areas.

So let's have a referendum first. Get the problem of Brexit out of the way. We know facts now that we didn't know in 2016. We can see the pros and cons. We are better informed.

Then let's have that election, an election on a range of issues, the most important of which has to be the environment and the future of our planet.

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