Generation Brexit

LSE100: Are the people fit to rule?

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The Brexit vote was an exercise in plebiscitary democracy; a direct appeal to the British people to state their voice on the UK’s continued membership to the European Union. However, the second most Googled question in the UK, after the vote took place on 23 June 2016 was 'What is the EU?'

What does this tell us, if anything, about the how fit citizens are to ‘rule’?

Long before the vote, studies have shown that much of the British public was ill-informed about the workings of the EU and the Referendum campaign did little to fill this gap in information. Contentious social issues were discussed at length, such as immigration, the NHS, and welfare, which arguably often had little to do with the UK’s membership in the EU. Both the Leave and the Remain campaigns were focused on portraying what life outside of the EU would look like, in practice having little to no ability to make such predictions. In light of the above, was turning to the wisdom of the people the right choice?

  • What were the pros and cons of the Brexit referendum?
  • Did the UK public know what they were voting for? Where they given the chance to be appropriately informed?
  • Is the Brexit Vote legitimate? Should the UK public vote directly on such big issues from now on?

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Nichols sheds light on people’s inclination to hold strong views on political dilemmas, despite being ill-informed or misinformed. One example is the observed correlation between how strong a respondent’s opinions were, and how ill-informed (ignorant) he or she was. The main thesis of Nichols’ article is that this problem is further exacerbated by a general loss of faith in expertise, where individuals assert their autonomy by dismissing the advice/opinion of an expert. In particular, this...

Jonas Birk
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Jonas Birk

It is unfair to say that the Brexit result showed that the people are unfit to rule. They ruled as they saw fit and should not be 'blamed' for choosing an option that is self-harming. Rather, what it taught us that the politicians who led the campaigns are unfit to govern, in that they were totally unable to articulate their views in an understandable and convincing manner. Their role is to convince people by presenting more attractive narratives or arguments. If pro-EU politicians failed to...

Jacob Judah
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Jacob Judah

I believe wholeheartedly in the power and importance of retaining democratic ideals. However, modern democracy, as flawed as it might be, has emerged slowly and surely and must be granted its merits. It is very simply a fact that we as citizens are not all knowledgeable about every topic under the sun, no one is and can be. That is why indirect democracy arose in the first place, to bridge that gap between ruling efficiently and knowledgeably while still retaining some form of mandate from...

Krittika Ray
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Krittika Ray

The Brexit referendum has brought back the debate in political theory and philosphy around "who should rule?". For some the Brexit referendum shows that epitocracy or weighted voting would produce better outcomes and should therefore be adopted. However, I am strongly against such views. It has been revealed that many voters did not know what they were voting for in the Brexit referendum and that much of the information available to the citizens was either fake, wrong or based on...

Kristine Hernes
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Kristine Hernes

Pre-Brexit votes, there has been the rise of various news on the harms that the EU has caused Britain such as restriction on free trade with other nations for instance and the misconception that the EU seeks to unilaterally impose its supremacy over its member States, disregarding the British conception of parliamentary sovereignty which underpins the constitution of Britain. The latter is clearly seen the legal jurisprudence stemming from the ECJ. Indeed, these "harms" voiced rigorously by...

Marvin Yee
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Just under 52% of people voted for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union but how well informed were those making this choice? I would call into question the decision to let the people vote on an issue as important as this, in a time where information on the issue was biased and convoluted.  Democracy, in my view, is very important and thus in order to ensure that each person has an equal vote, there must be clarity. Clarity of information was certainly not present during the...

aoifembyrne
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aoifembyrne

Many may debate about whether epistocracy is a better alternative to democracy, however I cannot help but think those who suggest epistocracy as a solution to unengaged and misinformed voters are merely trying to sweep the problem under the carpet rather than tackle it head on.  How are people meant to understand politics when every party and leader is saying different conflicting things? Especially in reference to the Brexit campaign where large amounts of the facts given were outright...

Charlotte Buckingham
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Charlotte Buckingham

I do believe that citizens can provide a bottom-up insight into the ways which the country should be ruled. In the nations where democratic system apply, this is not only essential, but also fundamental in establishing its liberal values. as well as in being highly reflective and critical towards the ways it is currently being run.  All the analysis of how democracy is nowadays under crisis and fake-news permeate the Internet and social media sites, I have a great sense of how the lack of...

Mingyue Li
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Mingyue Li

As a citizen of a democracy, I take seriously my individual responsibility and privilege to make as informed a vote as possible. However, an informed democracy does not simply comprise the accumulated work of individuals, but also the concerted efforts of a government to nurture a society of educated and politically-informed citizens. Citizens are not fit to rule, but they are definitely fit to choose the rulers.

Durian
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Are citizens fit to rule? One may say that to answer this question we must establish whether citizens even understand the various activities that the government carries out, and more importantly, the potential impacts of the choices that the government makes. But I would like to argue that the likelihood of citizens understanding the complex functions of the government are actually pretty low, if not entirely non-existent amongst some groups. What really determines whether citizens are fit...

Eliud Samuel Muturi
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