Brexiteers will surely be raging with anger after Richard Dawkins’ latest comments and will likely respond in typical fashion- with insults and foul language but intellectually, they are no match for this brash Oxford academic.
Dawkins continues to slam the Tories and tell them how Brexit is disastrous, was unnecessary and its effects will be felt for generations. This time he is back in the limelight, slamming David Cameron for taking a “ridiculous gamble” by calling a referendum on Brexit and simultaneously blasting the Tories for continuing to live in denial and continuously defending Brexit.
But what will annoy the Brexiteers even more is his argument that “they were not qualified to vote on Brexit and should never have.”
“That’s why we are a parliamentary democracy. Some things have to be debated and voted through the Parliament and not put into the hands of unqualified voters. Brexit should have been voted through Parliament and not through a referendum,” he said.
While Dawkins’ comments may be seen to be controversial by many, his point is that David Cameron made a tactical mistake by placing a referendum in the hands of an electorate that was poorly informed on Brexit and was easily manipulated by the right wing media and right wing campaigners like Nigel Farage.
Had Brexit been put through parliament, it would have been debated by MPs and deliberated on before rushing it. There’s a very big possibility that a whole different result would have been achieved had Brexit been placed through the Parliamentary system.
The right wing media and right wing figures like Nigel Farage simply took advantage of the situation and heavily influenced voters by stoking anti European sentiments and that was the wave that ushered in Brexit.