Europe: Ian B on the Need for a Royal Coup d’Etat
The problem at the moment seems to be that those who consider they “own” the result- the Vote Leave cabal- are in no hurry to strike when the iron is hot and seem to be doing everything to play into the hands of the EUphiles. I fear that the years of impoverishment of the capacities of our ruling class has led to a situation in which nobody is fit to handle this situation. The Labour Party is largely irrelevant anyway, but the Tories (who I despise equally, to be clear) are more interested in weeks of infighting over the leadership. Party before Country. Career before Party. They are a disgrace.
Furthermore, most of these characters appear to be determined to maintain the very conditions that have caused such anger in the population, including unchecked migration and subservience to the EU “Single Market”. The narrative is already being developed that we are in a position of weakness, whereas any decent political leader would recognise that we are in a position of enormous strength and can be as dismissive of the EU as we like. It should be treated as a crumbling Empire like the late Ottomans or Austria-Hungary. We should be immediately doing everything we can to pull more states out and into a post-EU free trade area with no customs union or political union.
On tariffs, we should simply tell them that we will raise no trade barriers, and if they do more fool them as it will only hurt their own citizens. We should immediately start organising free trade deals with other nations. We may even consider redirecting the corrupt “foreign aid” slush fund to assisting those states wrecked by the Euro to reconstruct their ruined economies. We should stop all payments immediately, implement a moratorium on migration and new citizenships. Once there is calm, we should be reforming our own economy on Misesian lines to end that enormous harm of super-inflationary central banking has wrought since the collapse of Bretton Woods.
Constitutionally we are in uncharted waters with a Parliament which is actively hostile to the population it is supposed to represent. The answer, however, is not a General Election, since this may well lead to the disaster of a “mandate” for a Parliament of Remainers to overturn the Referendum result. I think there is a solution however.
The government is Her Majesty’s Government. It is appointed by the Monarch, hence the pantomime of going to the Palace to ask for dissolutions of Parliament, etc. It is usual held that our Parliament is sovereign; however it could be reasonably argued that it is only so when appointed by the people at an election. There is no good Constitutional understanding of referendums; however one must conclude based on our other arrangements that when the people speak directly, we have taken back our sovereignty from the Parliament on the issue on which we have spoken (via the referendum) and thus the Parliament has no power on the issue. We may also note that the monarch herself is, since the Glorious Revolution, only in her place due to being appointed by the people (via the Parliament). We may thus conclude that she too is our creature.
So I would hold that the answer is for the Queen to, on behalf of the people, dispense with the services of Mr Cameron and appoint a government who are prepared to carry out our will as expressed, using the Royal Perogative since Parliament has no sovereignty on the issue of EU Membership, that sovereignty having been returned to the people. We have given our instruction and our adminstration must carry it out. I would suggest Jacob Rees Mogg, John Redwood, Frank Field, Kate Hoey, Gisela Stuart, et al. Mr Farage could be made a Baroness, which is the normal route to government for those who can’t win elections these days, as I understand it.
And let Boris Johnson and Theresa May mud wrestle for the Tory leadership in George Osborne’s back garden for all it matters. This is far above the tawdry ambitions of these transient political personages.