Yesterday Mr Blair told us all we should have another referendum or Parliament should ignore the results of the vote on leaving the EU. He took my breath away, both by the hypocrisy of his position and by the vagueness of his proposals.
I recall Mr Blair won 3 elections in a row and formed a majority government each time. In each of those elections the south east of England voted by a substantial majority for a Conservative government. I and my fellow MPs representing that Conservative majority of the south east did not
1. Turn up at Parliament and say Mr Blair had no right to govern our voters
2.Take a case to court to say that as the south east of England is a larger part of the UK than Scotland and Northern Ireland combined in terms of voting population the UK government had no right to tell us what to do
3. Demand a re run of the election to try and get a better nationwide result
4 Say that because Labour lied, telling us there would be no more boom and bust and assuring us there would be very few EU migrants, the election was nul and void
5.Demand debates and votes on specific topics from the government in court actions when we were quite capable of tabling such debates and votes ourselves in opposition time
In a mature democracy like the UK we accept the verdict of the majority. A loyal Opposition in Parliament will oppose, challenge and try to influence a government, but accepts the government’s right to govern, and accepts that the main features of its Manifesto have every right to pass through Parliament.
Why does Mr Blair now think all these conventions and rules have been suspended, because he this time was on the losing side?