Rejoice that the voters rejected the centrist extremists who thought they knew better than the British people

Rejoice that the voters rejected the centrist extremists who thought they knew better than the British people

As the clocks struck ten last Thursday and everyone wishing to ‘get Brexit done’ breathed a collective sigh of relief, the battle for the next general election had already begun.And those purporting to represent the centre ground of British politics were proven the real extremists in having attempted to overthrow democracy as demonstrated in 2016. Fortunately the British public were able to see through this retrograde group.

For too long in this country, centrist politicians and media commentators described the referendum as ‘divisive’, as though that were a negative concept. ‘Decisive’ is the correct term. The Establishment abhor asking the public their opinion on single issues in binary votes, for fear of receiving an answer they do not like. The referendum of 2016 was a classic example.

The last Parliament was packed full of MPs pontificating to the electorate about the need to be ‘moderate’. It was these so-called moderate centrists who did everything in their power to overturn the will of the people. The angry interventions of Anna Soubry, Dominic Grieve and Rory Stewart et al are now a relic of the past. Yet it was from them that we were subjected to a continual flow of what was actually ‘centre extremism’, a dogma which had become a familiar sight on various news channels over the last two years. Terms such as “populism” became pejorative, as the muzzled majority were told to keep quiet and accept the orders of their superiors.

Any cursory glance at the rolling news channels and social media platforms exhibited more diatribe from this group, who Theresa May once described as “saboteurs”. Parliamentary ruses to block Brexit aided by an activist Speaker had become the norm. Centuries-old conventions were cast away when it suited but utilised to the letter if it meant another delay to Britain leaving the EU. Those on the right and left sat bemused and bewildered as a new form of extremism was taking hold in Britain.

On the eve of the election, Heidi Allen, one of the cheerleaders of centre extremism, had the temerity to tweet: “…a huge thank you to the Lib Dems, the Green Party and Plaid Cymru for a glimpse of what grown up politics could look like”. Quite how she thought “Bollocks to Brexit” as a slogan was ‘grown up’ is questionable, but it underlined the utter delusion with which these centre extremists laboured under. Indeed it is no coincidence that all eighteen MPs who defected from their parties before the general election but stood again – most of whom could be identified as centre extremists – were kicked out by the voters. The people had finally reached their tolerance of these navel-gazing MPs with their double talk.

Let there be no more talk of divisiveness in British politics. There needs to be a continued debate on important topics, without which the will of the people can never be gauged nor progress achieved. What needs to be defeated are the centre extremists who ignore the democratic will of the people and attempt to foster hatred and discord. In this way, proper democratic debate can be reborn.

So in commencing a new era in Parliament, and indeed in British politics, let us hope there continues to be a real choice at the next general election and not a stifling of political deliberation in the name of ‘centrism’. Those centre extremists had paid no heed to GK Chesterton, “…for we are the people of England, and we have not spoken yet”. As the clock chimed 10pm on December 12th, it became abundantly clear that if you ignore the will of the British public for three and half years, when you then knock on their doors seeking their votes, expect them to ignore you too.