Brexit serves to remind us how inherited loyalty drives the vote
Published 13/07/2016 | 02:30
The disarray created by Brexit has intensified the lingering disquiet in Britain about the way the European project has progressed. We have failed to face the difficulty involved in extending our understanding of governance to the European sphere. We have been seduced by the myth that, unlike Europe, we are governed by the exercise of the voice of the electorate and not by a bureaucratic elite.
Ireland mirrors the political practices of Britain, where voting is mainly driven by inherited loyalties, whilst Britain's use of the 'first past the post' system provides its own distinctive anomalies.
The notion that we can convert individual preferences into collective choices by exercising our vote does not sit easily with the realities of political life.