Democracy gone wrong – otherwise known as Brexit

What do politicians think they are achieving by trying to arrive at an alternative compromise that a majority will support? What makes them believe that their compromise will be acceptable to the other 27 EU states? What makes this disjointed bunch of self-opinionated, self-important representatives think they can arrive at a better option than has been achieved through years of meetings and negotiations? They cannot even agree amongst themselves.
We elect politicians to help govern the country with a view to making life tolerable and as bearable as possible for as many people as possible. They, in turn, elect a committee (the Government) to decide, largely, on policies to be carried out. The Government is charged with decision making and negotiations to enable their policies to be actioned.
In this one instance (one too many in my view) a decision was delegated back to us – to remain in or leave the EU. The decision was to leave. It was never expected that we would each have our say in the detailed decisions necessary to achieve our exit from the EU. Why would individual politicians believe they should have a say either? There was a committee to do that – the Government. It was their job to arrive at as good a deal as possible. The deal could not be a unilateral one. It had to be acceptable to the other member states.
Why, in all of this, would the Irish border (between north and south) not be an obvious issue? Unless you have a common market with no tariffs between countries, how can you have the free passage of goods from one country to another? Yet another Irish problem.
In any negotiations there is never an outcome that universally satisfies everyone. Could I or you have done any better? Does anyone believe that our MPs, individually or collectively could have done any better? We have a Government, given the responsibility to negotiate a deal, which they have done. It’s time to leave.
What is the logic or the benefit of asking ordinary people to decide on a matter, the complexity of which is far greater than most of us could comprehend? – much like the universe. Even if we had all the facts (and fantasies) at our disposal, understanding it would be beyond most of us. It’s why we have Governments and Civil Servants.
The future result of either decision – to stay or leave – could never be known. It represents a leap of faith. Many subsequent events, unrelated to the leave or stay decision, will impact on the ultimate outcome of that decision.
The current mess outlines why democracy can be a very bad form of government. In this case the MPs have taken the concept of democracy too far – they think they have a say. Just as well they don’t try to meddle in every decision. And what on earth has Teresa May’s resignation got to do with whether or not to support ‘her’ deal?