Dennis Kennedy

denniskennedy1@btinternet.com
Dennis Campbell Kennedy is a writer on Irish and European affairs. Currently based in Belfast,  he has worked 
as a journalist in both parts of Ireland, and in the United States and Africa. From 1985-1991, he was Head of the 
European Commission Office in Northern Ireland, and later  lecturer in European Studies in Queen's University 
Belfast.
Born in Lisburn, Co.Antrim, he was educated at Wallace High School Lisburn, Queen's University, Belfast, and 
Trinity College Dublin. He graduated in Modern History from Queen's in 1958, and received a PhD from Dublin 
University (Trinity College) in 1985. Read more...

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BORIS'S BRASS NECK

Posted by Webmaster on June 20, 2016 at 3:45 AM


Boris Johnson’s mop of blonde hair is being rapidly replaced as his defining feature by his brass neck. He now (DT 20/06/2016) argues that a vote to leave the EU in this week’s referendum is the one way to stop ‘the steady and miserable erosion of parliamentary democracy in this country’. What does he think a referendum vote to overturn the collective wisdom, not just of this parliament, but of every UK parliament since 1961, would do to parliamentary democracy?

He and other Leave campaigners say they are fighting to defend the sovereignty of the UK parliament. Yet in the event of an ‘out’ vote on Thursday, it seems the Westminster Parliament - a majority of whom have been campaigning to stay in and denouncing the Leave proposition as potentially disastrous for the county – will be invited to swallow their beliefs and principles and do as they have been told by ‘the people’ and endorse the result. So much for the sovereignty of Parliament.

Edmund Burke used to be bedtime reading for Tories; Mr Johnson should look at Burke’s rebuke to the electors of Bristol in 1774 on the duties of an elected Member of Parliament:

“Your representative owes you, not his industry only, but his judgment; and he betrays, instead of serving you, if he sacrifices it to your opinion…His unbiassed opinion, his mature judgment, his enlightened conscience, he ought not to sacrifice to you, to any man, or to any set of men living.”

Dennis Kennedy


 

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