Muirfield golf club is to hold a second vote because the decision six weeks ago not to admit women members has “damaged” its reputation. If the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers can decide on a second vote, why can the UK government not follow their example on the infinitely more important issued of EU membership?
The Muirfield rules sensibly require a substantial majority to change from the status quo (unlike UK referenda rules) and the resolution to admit women narrowly missed it. Now the members are being asked to vote again.
According to the Scotsman newspaper:
The first Muirfield vote was influenced by a “no” campaign, which cited slow-play worries, lunch concerns and fears about making ladies “feel uncomfortable”.
Similarly, last week’s EU poll was influence by silly scares and downright lies. So I ask Parliament to give us a second vote or, better, do their job of representing the whole population and pass a resolution saying Article 50 should not be triggered.