Westmonster quotes Ken Clarke, one of the most unpleasant, authoritarian cunts ever to occupy that Chamber—and there is, let's face it, some stiff competition. Lest one should be in any doubt about Ken's commitment to democracy, here's a telling extract.
I personally think that referendums are a way of weakening Parliament and getting round parliamentary authority in regard to key issues of this kind. I have never accepted that they should be the way forward. For example, the House should vote this evening that it is in favour of the Bill and of the treaty. If we were then to hold a kind of organised opinion poll in which the right-wing press would seek to achieve the result that it wanted, and if ratification of the treaty were defeated, would we all be expected to come back to the House and vote against our judgment of the national interest in line with the result of the referendum?
Yes, Ken, that is precisely what you should do, because this is a fucking democracy, you fat, fucking piece of dried up dog-crap. Fuck you and all of the other evil, self-satisfied scum who are of the same mind, you patrician cunt-rag.
Ken Clarke may think that referendums weaken Parliament, and he would, no doubt, employ the same argument as David Miliband:
... we are a parliamentary democracy and this is an amending treaty...
I note that Miliband does not use the normal form of words, i.e. "representative democracy". And why?
Because when 98% of those MPs elected represented themselves to the electors—by means of their published manifesto—they promised a referendum on the EU Constitution. Committees and authoritative figures, both here and overseas, agree that the Lisbon Treaty is the EU Constitution in all but name.
Therefore, the MPs have reneged on their promises to the voters: in fact, they have represented themselves falsely (an action which, in any other area, we would call fraud, and a criminal offence). In other words, those MPs who promised a referendum on this issue now occupy their place in the House under false pretences: they should either insist on the promised referendum, or resign en masse. All of those MPs who voted to pass this Bill without a referendum are proven liars, cheats and frauds.
But did you expect anything else?
It will come as no surprise to even semi-regular readers of The Kitchen that I expected no honour from this particular pack of thieves, a bunch of people—and I use that word in its loosest possible sense—who are interested in nothing more than maintaining their fat fucking taxpayer-funded salaries and even more generous taxpayer-funded perks (an attitude that is amply illustrated by the perfidious Clarke's ever-burgeoning waistline and multiple dewlap chins).
A few days ago, I was acting as a Fifth Columnist at the Fabian Society Spring Conference—an amusing account of which Trixy has indulged in. Batshit was giving the keynote speech and it was whilst I was listening to the tail end of his encomium to his own ability that I understood why Britain is in such a shitty position in the world.
You see, Batshit seems genuinely to believe that other countries are no longer indulging in "brinksmanship and powerbroking", and that we have some magical world of mutual co-operation; this is, of course, the kind of dangerously naive attitude that could only be held by a particularly stupid Communist.
If all of our negotiations have been made on the basis that other countries are never trying to screw us over for advantage—and this attitude is one that must have been prevalent in the Foreign Office before Batshit arrived there; he could hardly have established this opinion in the few short months that he has been Foreign Secretary—then it is hardly surprising that we always come off worst. We might as well bend over, hold our collective bumcheeks open and wait for the inevitable, painful arse-raping.
If I flit between rage and despair any more frequently, I am going to end up having to rename this blog: something like Dr Jeckyll and Mr Hyde's Kitchen, perhaps.