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  1. I suspect that Philip Hollobone (MP for Kettering) is well aware of my opinions. But I agree with you on the general point.

    Presently a lot of Members of Parliament are dusting down the Edmund Burke line “I am a representative – not a delegate” as an excuse for going against the people, they seem to be unaware that if Mr Burke had heard this line being used as a excuse to keep the United Kingdom under the rule of a foreign power (in this case the European Union) he would have challenged the Member of Parliament using the line to a duel.

    I am not using a figure of speech – I mean a literal duel (swords or pistols).

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  2. The Burkean line would hold in the case of Shamima Begum. At the time of the election voters didn’t kow what might happen and candidates hadn’t taken a position on it.

    It does not hold over Brexit. Candidates campaigned and MPs got elected on the basis of their professed desire to respect the referendum result. Many of them lied. Those are despicable.
    I can have some respec for the LibDems, who did not deceive the electorate. And they got a drubbing.

    I have only contempt for Soubry,Woollaston Ummuna et al.

    And May.

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  3. Yes, some people have indeed spent the last thirty-odd months endlessly pushing Edmund Burke’s eighteenth century quote (‘Your representative owes you, not his industry only, but his judgment; and he betrays instead of serving you if he sacrifices it to your opinion.’) in support of getting MPs to vote down Brexit completely.

    One excuse is that younger people are having their glorious future of licking Eurocrats’ designer loafers cruelly taken away from them. The thing is, Burke has been dead for more than two centuries – doesn’t it seem odd for such youth-obsessed people to set such store on the writings of a Dead White European Male?

    Burke was also writing at a time before universal suffrage, before mass education and universal literacy, before television, newspapers and the internet brought information, opinion and argument to the population at large. He was writing at a time when the vote was restricted to a very small number of privileged males. He was writing at a time when MPs tended to represent ridiculous ‘rotten borough’ constituencies consisting of ancient mounds of earth in Wiltshire (Old Sarum) or tiny, one-street Cornish villages (Mitchell, Grampound, Tregony, etc**). Things have changed – and changed big time – since those days.

    (** Look them up on Google Maps. These former ‘boroughs’ which once sent not one but two MPs each to Parliament can barely muster much more than a pub, a Spar shop and a bus shelter today)

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