You don’t have to be a fool to vote No, but it helps

by Elias Blum

If people are voting No because they like what Britain has become, what it stands for, and where it’s heading, then that is their choice. They are perfectly entitled to that view – although they shouldn’t deny its inherent Toryism (not in terms of the party, but in terms of the ‘can’t do’ attitude and fundamentally oligarchic and reactionary orientation of political life).

If, on the other hand, they think that by voting No the London-based parties are going to swing around and offer something better, and that voting no will be a catalyst for progressive democratic reform across the UK, then ‘fools’ is not the only fit word for them, but it is the most polite word I can think of.