Nostalgia just ain't what it used to be

Nostalgia just ain’t what it used to be

This LSE analysis by Davd Richards and Martin Smyth entitled “Things were better in the past: Brexit and the Westminster fallacy of democratic nostalgia” points to the apparent contradiction between the view that Brexit emerged from a populist bottom up revolt against the established order and what is the potential political reality.

They say: “There is a real possibility that a Brexit settlement that does not seek to imagine much beyond re-centring power to London, will exacerbate the very pathologies in the way politics is done that were distilled in the vote to Leave.  If the Brexit vote was a revolt against an out of touch governing class, then the clawing back of sovereignty by a Westminster elite, or to put it more prosaically, the reclaiming of powers to Parliament, will not resolve the issue.”

And they go on to point out that the Great Repeal Bill will in effect give power to ministers without recourse to Parliament adding: “crucially, with strong, single party government in a system where party competition has broken down, then the accountability mechanism is severely weakened.”