Wherever one cares to look we, the people, are being taken for the ‘proverbial ride’; especially where democracy per se is concerned. At this early point it is necessary to, once again,define the word ‘democracy’. It is derived from the Greek: ‘Demos’; People; ‘Kratos’: Power – People Power. If the ‘people’ do not have the power to control their elected ‘representatives’, then it must follow that there can be no ‘democracy per se’.
We have such a situation with Brexit (also just about any other matter you care to mention that affects our nation or our lives – including the process wherein our prospective Members of Parliament are chosen). There is not one subject on which we, the people, have a voice; which means that as a result this nation of ours is in the hands of those over whom we have no control whatsoever. Such a situation only underlines that which I have maintained for ages; that we live under a system of democratised dictatorship.
In considering the preceding paragraph it is necessary to consider the second point first. Think: who decides which individual can stand as a prospective Member of Parliament? Answer: a local cartel of each political party; who in turn are forced, in some circumstances, to accept someone their party HQ has decided should be one of the candidates. Consider how many Members of Parliament, or prospective Members of Parliament, are the offspring of past Members of Parliament. Think: Selwyn Gummar/Ben Gummar; Neil Kinnock/Stephen Kinnock, as two examples. Just what ‘strings were pulled’ to facilitate their entry into politics – and over which we had no voice? The fact that the latter offspring is married to a former Danish Prime Minister had no bearing on his selection? Leaving that ‘suggestion’ to one side, we then enter the area of ‘tribal voting’, which is probably why Stephen Kinnock – and those lucky enough, like him, to ‘inherit’ a ‘safe seat’ – then enjoy a ‘job for life’. Wherefore democracy?
It is not long before those having entered politics realise – if they had not realised it previously – that there is a ‘career path’ available; ie progression through to Cabinet Minister, if not Prime Minister – and then beyond to even ‘greater glory’. In so realising, such ‘representatives of the people’ then come to the conclusion that to progress such a ‘career path’ they must then ‘toe the party line’. Wherefore democracy?
Currently those ‘in charge’ of Brexit have not the slightest understanding of ‘matters EU’ and have thus, through such ignorance, highjacked the Brexit process; not for the good of our nation but more for ‘political capital’ and their own ‘self-aggrandisment’. Wherefore democracy?
Richard North writes: Yet, none of us is in control, so the game will have to play out. And, if the worst happens, vive la revolution.? It then follows why should we have to suffer the game being played out by politicians who, having their own agenda to which we are not privy and over which we have no control, are liable to do this country great harm? Wherefore democracy?
Currently we have a Prime Minister who seems more intent on maintaining her position as leader of her party and her position as Prime Minister than following a course that would be for the benefit of her nation and those for whom she professes to care. Wherefore democracy?
It is true that for democracy per se to prevail, the will of the people must prevail. This then begs the question how can that be when, in relation to Brexit, they have been misled by two campaigns (Leave and Remain) wherein each misrepresented the facts and thus lied. Not only during the campaign, but since, we have been inundated by opinions of politicians and ‘supposed’ political commentators who, patently, have not one iota of knowledge about ‘matters EU’ nor the law of treaties; but who maintain that only they are capable to ‘lead’ us. Wherefore democracy?
The question ‘wherefore democracy’ has been repeated, probably to the point of boredom, but it is a question of great importance. If we are to have democracy per se, then it must, whatever form that democracy takes, be one in which the people are told the truth and therefore the facts. When truth and therefore facts are omitted by any government, for political gain, that intends to lead the people to which it professes to serve; then it has no moral right to ‘hold office’. When a media, that professes to be in existence to report on matters ‘du jour’, does not or chooses not to so do (for whatever reason) then they, too, have no moral right to exist.
Heather Brooke is reputed to have said of public relations – although, today, it is equally true of politics and journalism – that it was at best promotion or manipulation, at worst evasion and outright deception. What it is never about is a free flow of information. As a result, the people of the United Kingdom are in an iron grip, both where democracy and public information are concerned, exerted by the political class and the media; and until the people of this nation wake up and ‘smell the coffee’, they are but pawns in a game in which they are unable to have a voice in how the rules are written.
To become a Member of Parliament was once considered to be an accolade, one similar to receiving an honour such as a knighthood. Sadly becoming a politician, or receiving a knighthood, has lost a great deal of status. Where politicians are concerned they are not a self-regulating group of nice fair-playing people, they include in their numbers a lot of dodgy people, ones who care not but for self-advancement – and in most cases involving financial self-improvement.
On a personal level I continually worry about how much deeper the indigenous people of this nation will allow it to sink, when considering a sense of pride in our nation and themselves, before they decide enough is enough.