That’s the only reason I can see why there was such an onslaught of comments to Iain Roberts’ blog.
I always thought that although I disagreed with Nigel Farage he cut a sophisticated and intelligent figure in the political firmament. Not any more.
The problem with his view of democracy is that democracy = anything UKIP wants and its extreme dogmatic views. I’ve no problem with people expounding these views – it’s when they get all sensitive and uppity should anyone try and draw an analogy or point out inconsistencies.
What Iain was saying is essentially that democracy is an organic thing – where peoples views change with circumstance and thought. There are a whole lot of votes that aren’t achieved the first, second or third time for things these days we find innocuous – like not having slavery.
Nigel Farage’s reaction wasn’t a joke – I was watching it live. He seriously believes that he can say that it’s wrong to have a second referendum then say (and let’s face it it’s because the result for him wasn’t `right`) he now wants a third referendum. It’s totally laughable and makes him look very unserious.
To cap it all and I have it on the RTE website (and surely this ISN’T a joke):
UKIP leader Nigel Farage, who called for a `no` vote, compared the referendum to a corrupt election in Zimbabwe or Afghanistan.
Let’s repeat that – an ex-leader of a political party that is a serious force in British politics said that a free and fair election in Ireland was similar to one in Mugabe’s Zimbabwe.
Who does he think the Irish are – thick, easily-bullied or just naive? Perhaps he can explain to the Irish people what he meant by that statement as he DID say on RTE that the Irish were `bullied to vote `yes“.
Perhaps it’s Nigel Farage that is the bully and also thick and naive. Let’s look at the facts:
Higher Turnout (on an old register)
Voting 2 to 1 in favour of `yes` (even with the `yes` campaign handicapped by the charge they were holding the referendum just to get the `right` result)
20% + swings in most constituencies
In fact one `yes` campaigner thanked Nigel Farage for coming from England to tell the Irish how to vote. Apparently, it shifted thousands of votes from `soft yes` and `soft no` to `yes`. Well done, Nigel! Can you head a referendum `no` campaign here?
So instead of the UKIPers moaning and groaning and making excuses can they can just reflect on the result – YOU LOST – THE `YES` CAMPAIGN WON – GET USED TO IT!