Open letter to David Cameron from a Citizen of the United Kingdom

20/06/2016

Dear Mr Cameron.

I have just one question for you. Do you believe in democracy?

If you did, you would know that this referendum is not about immigration. Nor is it about money. It’s about the next major issue that affects the British people. And the one after that, and the one after that, add infinitum.

If you believed in democracy then you would  acknowledge the deceit of successive governments, including yours, in trading democracy for business deals, WITHOUT ASKING US! We didn’t even need to do that. Other countries have done better than us at trading with the EU without signing away their rights. No democracy outside of Europe does that.

Eighty percent of MPs want to remain but at least fifty percent of the population does not want to be told what to do. Yet you bully us by spending our money on your propaganda, calling emergency press conferences during purdah when you’re losing, and threatening us with economic punishment. How can you know what  the British people want? You have never asked us; you are campaigning for what you want.

Contrary to popular belief, it is not the responsibility of the government to look after us. It is the responsibility of the government to give us the tools we see fit to look after ourselves. You serve us; we do not answer to you.

Democracy is not some abstract ideology. It is a very simple truth. It is neither left nor right, socialist nor capitalist. The consensus of the population is it’s best chance at minimising extremism. Our ancestors have already paid in blood for democracy. You can’t just give it away in  return for business deals.

Does the EU override our democracy every day or not? Can we hold it to account, or not? Is it morally sound to trade democracy for business or not? You cannot argue any of these things. If we were handing over our democracy to a higher level of democracy, that might be excusable, but we’re not. No amount of trinkets and shiny things is price enough for democracy.

It is 40 years too late and we are  now hopelessly entangled with the EU, but short term financial difficulty is a small price to pay to get back our democracy, in comparison to the price our ancestors paid.

We shouldn’t even have to hold a referendum on democracy. This referendum should be  about a real issue of our day.  How tragic it would be if the last act of UK democracy were to declare itself defunct.

Yours sincerely,

Gary Appleton

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