Readers of this blog and its predecessor, Witterings from Witney, will be aware that I have continually complained that the form of democracy – representative democracy – under which we live is but one of democratised dictatorship.
To illustrate the foregoing statement, let me first give two examples:
- The electorate have no means by which they can show their disapproval with any decision taken by their government of the day, at the time said decision is announced and implemented. Neither do the electorate have recourse to demand that their government of the day cease that which they intend to do.
- Political manifestos are but carefully worded documents, in that proposed courses of action are short on detail to the extent that when enacted the result is not that which the electorate were led to believe it would be.
I suppose the most grievous dictatorial decision is noted by Richard North , an article which includes these words:
…… but the truth of the matter is that, when it came to the core Brexit strategy, everyone was ignored. Rarely – even in the most rigorous of dictatorships – have we seen such a tightly-framed decision process where matters of such great importance have undergone such little debate.
The process of Brexit, therefore, is a blind march into ignorance, led by a woman with neither the capability or the knowledge to inspire, surrounded a braying, ramshackle apology for a political party which cannot even communicate with its own leader – much less the rest of the country.…….
On the 4th April last year I wrote an article entitled The Silent Majority, from which:
….Since when have we, the people of the United Kingdom, been able to partake in the decision making that affects our lives? Since when have we, the people of the United Kingdom, been able to choose who is to represent us in Parliament? Since when have we, the people of the United Kingdom, been able to hold those we elect to account, on a daily basis? Since when have we, the people of the United Kingdom, had the ability to decide on the level of taxation we have to pay? Since when have we, the people of the United Kingdom, had any say on the level of remunertion for those we elect to represent us?…….
Back in 2011 I wrote an article, from which:
Over the decades politicians have gradually usurped power from the people to the point where we are now; one where it seems that when considering any aspect of our lives, we are first cajoled, then hectored and, if it becomes necessary, ordered how to lead our lives by politicians; aided and abetted by their sycophant quangos, fake charities and the like. It cannot be denied that the usurpation of power is still ongoing, especially when considering this country’s membership of the European Union. Whilst the last successful military invasion of our nation was by the Normans, since when others have tried but none have succeeded, a country does not have to be taken over militarily, it can be done politically – the result, it can be argued, being identical – and in the latter case eventually the people rebel when political rule becomes totalitarian, or authoritarian, in control – as it eventually does.
Unfortunately not sufficient resources and time was expended on promotion of The Harrogate Agenda as has been expended on Flexcit; the two could – and should – have been run simultaneously.
Had they been, might our country not have found itself in a shallower hole than the deep one in which we now find ourselves?