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Costa Blanca News (South Edition) - - Letters to the Editor -

The weight of be­trayal, du­plic­ity, and con­tempt for the ‘peo­ple’, is likely to trig­ger the se­cond big­gest up­set fol­low­ing the ref­er­en­dum – it­self the big­gest ever par­tic­i­pa­tion of vot­ers to de­clare their wishes for a spe­cific end re­sult. Would that be the re­sult of our Brexit ne­go­ti­a­tions? No. Some­thing more earth-shat­ter­ing than that. The next gen­eral elec­tion re­sults.

Nor­mally, one can­not fore­tell the fu­ture … but in this case? An act of po­lit­i­cal sui­cide and the demise of a po­lit­i­cal party are in the mak­ing.

Weak gov­ern­ments sur­vive in the short term by demon­strat­ing power, and strongly bring to bear that power on dis­senters. They make deals, of­fer sta­tus ranks or ‘perks’, and de­mand loy­alty from the peo­ples’ rep­re­sen­ta­tives (and some­times from Cab­i­net Min­is­ters too!), and – to coin a phrase –‘whip’ them to obe­di­ence. Es­pe­cially if they are un­happy about pro­pos­als or ideas un­der con­sid­er­a­tion. Gov­ern­ments, who smother or ig­nore the opin­ion of se­nior law­mak­ers, and or, con­stituents, do so at their peril.

Why do they do it? Is it to de­fend their be­lief that the ‘peo­ple’ were wrong to med­dle in the fu­ture di­rec­tion of our coun­try, or in this case, our sta­tus in the world. Or to re­ject out of hand, as ir­rel­e­vant, what the pub­lic want - par­tic­u­larly when they show a pref­er­ence in how they wish to be gov­erned, and by whom? Or is there some more sin­is­ter rea­son? Rather puz­zling that tooth­less, al­beit de­struc­tive civil ser­vants, and not ex­pe­ri­enced busi­ness­men and women, are part of Brexit talks. Odd also, that a chief ne­go­tia­tor en­joys no power or author­ity in his task.

Once again, the voice of the peo­ple will speak out. They will de­cide how we shall live our lives. It’s nearly crunch-time. Not too late to undo the dam­age of the Che­quers op­tion, or any other op­tion though. Not too late to save a po­lit­i­cal party ei­ther. And only one per­son can do that. But, will a Gen­eral Elec­tion be too late? Derek M Sta­ples A puz­zled 86-year-old re­tiree

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