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Brexit reveals which people really care about representative government

10 February 2019

7:00 AM

10 February 2019

7:00 AM

I am in a small minority in turning off the news when it is not about Brexit. The slow, agonising process fascinatingly brings out what people in public life really think. Do they care about representative government, or not?

My estimate is that 60 per cent of the House of Commons do — while differing about exactly how to apply the principles — and about 40 per cent are perfectly indifferent, seeking their own personal or ideological advantage. By the standards of most legislatures in history, this is a more impressive proportion than people recognise.

This article is an extract from Charles Moore’s Spectator notes, available in this week’s magazine


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