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Why I, an architect, stood as a Brexit Party candidate in the election


People can support democracy while being critical of how the brexit referundum was designed. Not everything done in the name of democracy is actually democratic, and the brexit referendum had serious flaws. It should not be treated as a sacred calf, which is where this kind of black-and-white 'with us or against us' thinking leads. Saying "Architects either believe in democracy or we don’t" attempts to strip out this nuance. As designers, we're all aware of how influencable people are, and how invisible design choices can fundamentally change outcomes. We should have an appreciation for the same effects in political science. When the referendum was designed as two non-specific options 'Leave/Remain' which do not map onto how parliament votes, this changes the outcome and meaning of the result. Mr Ijeh also misses the point in what has become a predictable complaint about how changing immigration policy isn't racist, how dare you, won't somebody think of the Angolans? etc. etc. The argument is not that voting Leave is racist because of the effect on immigration, this is a straw man. "what exactly is racist about giving an architect from Angola exactly the same rights to work in a UK practice as an architect from Austria?" it remains to be seen whether the Angolan architect will be given any new immigration routes, so they're a red herring compared to the definite loss of free movement for the Austrian architect. Architects should indeed be involved in politics, but if this article exemplifies Mr Ijeh's political understandings then perhaps it's better that his involvement has not extended to being an MP.

Posted date

8 January, 2020

Posted time

2:20 pm