The Westminster government is very keen on presumed consent. This week it has said that it wishes to move towards a position of presumed consent for organ donation, ie that unless we opt out then we are presumed to be opted in. That’s fine by me
However, the government had a blow this week to its other main assumption about presumed consent, and that was its presumption that the British people are in favour of an utterly hopeless deal on Brexit just because ‘we’ narrowly voted for an unspecified deal in June 2016. Eventually, and it started the other day, MPs are going to have to take responsibility for the chronically bad deal to which we are heading. It isn’t the electorate’s fault any more (although it was originally) but if the execution of this terrible idea is equally hopeless then we are all going to blame those in charge and those in power. It’s tough for the government, but that’s how it works.
Eventually someone will have to say ‘We have come to the end of the road of constructive ambiguity – I’ve got to tell you, the whole Brexit deal is a pile of ordure and I can’t support it.’. That person will make their name and deserve our praise.
Just for the record, I voted against Brexit and you cannot presume my approval for any form of hard Brexit, squidgy Brexit or ‘hardly-anything-changes-except-we-don’t-have-a-say-anymore-but-keep-on paying’ Brexit.
When I looked at the list of Tory MPs who voted against the government yesterday it included several of the Tory MPs that I admire most, and I admire them even more now.
Labour continues to edge towards an anti-Brexit position – this will be a ‘we-can’t-agree-something-as-crap-as-the-government-has-come-up-with’ type of anti-Brexit but I believe that eventually there is a moderate chance that this will come to pass.