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Saying Brexit MPs drugged goes beyond reason

Jul 26. 2016
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Re: “Unintentionally entertaining realism”, Letters July 25.
With mounting irritation I read Robin Grant’s response to John Shepherd’s criticism of the Brexit referendum (“Writer idealistic to a fault”, Letters July 24). Given Grant’s insinuations and distortion of the truth, it seems anger overtook his reasoning capacities. To accuse the British MPs of being drugged is far beyond reasonable – when one apple in the basket is rotten that doesn’t mean they are all rotten. 
I visit Bangkok about four times a year and meet friends in a bar. Can you infer from this that hanging around bars is my lifestyle? As the recent past proves, far from being drugged, the UK was the best-performing country among its peers. 
I share Grant’s dislike for Boris Johnson, but to compare him with Donald Trump shows unawareness of Trump’s lunatic policies, or did I miss Boris’s proposal to build a wall along the Scottish border? 
Nowhere did I read in Shepherd’s letter any support for a military coup in the UK, so where did Grant get that idea? The Brexit vote was democratic because the one-man, one-vote principle was upheld, but undemocratic because the lies told as part of the Leave campaign made it impossible for voters to make a sound choice. 
Robin Grant is unable to see how the world we have to live in works. Calling the English MPs drugged seems like the kettle calling the pot black.
Egon
 

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