Losers’ Consensus is Missing


For a democracy to work, the losing side must accept defeat.

For the next electoral cycle, the opposition should work to convince the electorate that its ideas, concepts and philosophies are better for the country.

The next election tests the opposition’s views.

If the programme overlaps with the opinions of the largest number of voters in the country, the opposition becomes the new government.

If it doesn’t, it remains in opposition.

So far so straight forward.

However, in the United Kingdom, this simple truism no longer holds, if it ever really did.

What was tacit before the 2016 referendum has become explicit.

The losing side has no wish to accept defeat. It carries its lack of success at the ballot box as a badge of honour.

For close to a decade, the losers have worked tirelessly to destroy any vestige of the consensus required for a proper democracy to sustain itself.

The challenge was too great.

The establishment invested too much of its modest intellectual capability to allow the great unwashed to have a say on the simple matter of our country’s sovereignty.

Indeed, the concept itself is not recognised by our established order. 

Unable to defend the European Union and its many sclerotic associated institutions but fully convinced, cult-like, in the righteousness of their supranational cause, they lost their sense of decorum and became totalitarian.

Boris Johnson was ousted on the flimsiest of charges – on a great deal of manufactured and vindictive sound and fury.

The upshot will be that no politician will ever be allowed to survive in office for long enough to challenge the status of our hapless, unprepossessing but strangely powerful bureaucrats.

Some might rejoice because they didn’t like Boris the character; others might think he was too chaotic so deserved to be defenestrated outside of the electoral process; yet others might have come to believe that his crimes dwarfed those of his many predecessors.

After all Blair was only responsible for the destruction of much of the Middle East and for using mass immigration as a tool against his political opponents.

We all remember Andrew Neather writing in the Evening Standard in 2009 that Blair’s plan was to “rub the Right’s nose in diversity” and so he did, while simultaneously turning a blind eye to the growing grooming scandals that now plague all our cities – the greatest of all disgraces in our country’s recent history.

Brown, for his part, merely bankrupted the country. Day after day, he claimed to have magically conquered economic cycles, promising equally frequently that under his myopic watch, there would be “no more boom and bust”.

In due course, he delivered the greatest crash in living memory, the effects of which we still suffer from today. So catastrophic was his tenure that on his way out Liam Byrne, Chief Secretary to the Treasury under Brown, left a note for his successor saying “I’m afraid there is no money” left in the country’s coffers.

Most right thinking people will see Boris’ treatment for what it truly is: a bureaucratic coup against the people of our country.

Our parliament will, henceforth, do the bidding of the State – turning the concept of democracy on its head.

Our politicians, Sunak and Starmer included, will know that to survive in office, they will have to kowtow to the permanent state.

Their role will be to submit and survive but never to challenge, giving the establishment a fig-leaf under which to cover its gross overreach.

In short, “the mother of parliaments” is no more.

She has been usurped by a furious, hate-filled and treasonable nexus of government officials, parliamentarians, civil servants, and many others in the broader state apparatus.

Their aim is to re-impose the obviously failed system of political decision outsourcing to bodies beyond our shores and outside our scrutiny.

Westminster will become increasingly more like the National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party or The People’s Assembly of North Korea.

It will be there to rubber stamp. In doing so, it will give, for a time, the impression that the United Kingdom, like China to the outside world, is being competently run because disagreements on fundamentals will no longer manifest themselves.

The establishment has openly turned against the British public. It no longer respects it. It has spent too long insulting those who pay their hefty salaries to change course.

This means that our freedoms, in due course, will vanish – as many of them already have.

Alex Story is Head of Business Development at a City broker working with Hedge Funds and other financial institutions. He stood for parliament in 2005, 2010 and 2015. In 2016, he won the right to represent Yorkshire & the Humber in the European Parliament. He didn’t take the seat.