For far too long those that sit on the green benches in the House of Commons, or on the red benches in the House of Lords, have sat there under false pretence.
Since 1972 they would have us believe they govern this nation of ours, yet they have not due to the fact they ceded their right to govern when they acquiesced their power to so do to the European Union.
Since then they have taken little, if any, interest in the governance of our nation nor, come to that, little or no interest in matters EU; yet now they clamour for a voice in the process of leaving an organisation in which, up to now, they have shown no interest.
According to Wikipedia we find that, in 1653, after learning that Parliament was attempting to stay in session despite an agreement to dissolve, and having failed to come up with a working constitution, Cromwell’s patience ran out. On 20 April he attended a sitting of Parliament and listened to one or two speeches. Then he stood up and harangued the members of the Rump. This speech does not survive but has often been paraphrased, for instance in the Book of Days: You have sat too long for any good you have been doing lately … Depart, I say; and let us have done with you. In the name of God, go!
Again, according to Wikipedia (same link) a more detailed record of the event is recounted by Thomas Salmon in his Chronological Historian (London, 1723, 106), thus: Cromwell commanded the Speaker to leave the Chair, and told them they had sat long enough, crying out “You are no longer a Parliament, I say you are no Parliament”. He told Sir Henry Vane he was a Jugler [sic]; Henry Martin and Sir Peter Wentworth, that they were Whoremasters; Thomas Chaloner, he was a Drunkard; and Allen the Goldsmith that he cheated the Publick: Then he bid one of his Soldiers take away that Fool’s Bauble the mace and Thomas Harrison pulled the Speaker of the Chair; and in short Cromwell having turned them all out of the House, lock’d up the Doors and returned to Whitehall.
Is it not on record that some MPs are drunkards, is it no longer recognised that MPs are whoremasters as they increase their remuneration solely on the back of their being MPs (and where the term ‘whoremasters’ is concerned, not just for financial gain), have they all not ‘cheated the public’ at one time or another (albeit that it is always within the rules – rules they devised)?
Anarchy can be described as a a society without a publicly enforced government. Under representative democracy where is, or can there be, publicly enforced government? It could be said that presently this nation is an oligarchy because does not power rest with a small number of people (650)? Are not those currently in power distinguished by wealth family ties or ‘corporate control’ – and in view of the latter, are not MPs the result of selection by their political parties?
At one time or another we all rail at government (whatever its persuasion) – and for what purpose? Yes, we can turn out one lot for another, but what does that achieve for us as individuals? One cannot help but be reminded of that well known phrase: Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.
Just what to these 650 do for the people of this nation and why are they therefore funded from the public purse? Is it not time that we the, people, entered Parliament, turfed the lot of them out, then locked the doors and returned home? For what good they currently do – or have done – would their absence be noticed?
If we, the people, are prepared to sit on the sidelines and accept that which is imposed on us without complaint then the words of Galations comes to mind; (paraphrasing) as you sow, so shall you reap. On the other hand, as Louis L’Amor said: To make democracy work we need to be a nation of participants, not observers.
So people, are you to be led like sheep to your doom – or are you prepared not to be observers but to participate in how you can lead your lives — and decide the future of your nation?