(video included only because I like the song)
Yesterday I wrote that where democracy is concerned, this country is ‘procreated’- which, without doubt, it is.
Having watched Marr this morning and seen David Cameron maintain that black is white while Marr sat there doing his usual soft-pedalling act makes me think that we have come to the end of the line where truth, honesty and principle are concerned.
What we are obviously faced with during the next 4 months is both sides of the EU referendum question dealing in propaganda, while ya-booing at each other. Let us not forget that propaganda is but a means of communication, often biased or misleading in nature, aimed at influencing and altering the attitude of a population toward some cause, position or political agenda – and by heaven, have not our political class and their sycophants turned it into an ‘art form’.
A referendum is a means whereby politicians ask their electorate to vote on a particlar proposal. As such, having asked, logic would dictate that politicians have by that decision have decided to ‘butt out’ and leave the people to make up their own minds based on fair and unbiased facts. If only that was possible. That a compliant media now appears to be concentrating on the number of ‘big beasts’ who are for ‘In’ compared to those that are for ‘Out’ can only lead one to believe they (the media) are attempting to influence the result.
That we now seem, once again, to be presented with the opportunity of a referendum, albeit one being ‘rigged’ as was that of 1975, is not something we should be celebrating but one in which we should be asking on whom do we lay the blame for its happening – and happening so late.
When a situation arises wherein the people of a nation have had their system of governance changed by stealth and subsequently been denied the opportunity of voicing their direct dissent cannot, even by stretching the definition, be termed democracy. The only reason a referendum is in the offing is because a politician, in this case Cameron, deemed it would assist in his being returned to power, power which he usurped in 2010.
On numerous occasions, it has been noted that apathy of the electorate can be attributed to their belief that for whoever they vote, nothing changes. In other words, they acknowedge their voice matters not as they have no individual power to change anything. It is a great pity that a meeting in Harrogate (and do read the links) – one which produced a suggested alternative form of governance (first published in 2013 as The Harrogate Agenda – THA) in which power would have been returned to the people – has been left to wither and die.
Had this idea been more widely dispersed, which it could have been as it was envisaged to be a movement, I am of the opinion that we would not now be facing a repetition of 1975. Unfortunately – and it pains me to have to say it – the blame for yet another rigged referendum lies not with our politicians but with those who took over the idea first expressed here and, in effect, made it their own private property. Had THA received wider publicity, had it been ‘pushed’, people would have soon come to the realisation that they did live under a democratised dictatorship, that a means existed whereby they could control their political elite; and that consequently the forthcoming referendum could well have been held earlier and under conditions they specified.
Wherever one looks it now seems we are being led by the nose, consequently readers will know that I am of the view that if we are to be led by the nose, it should be we the people that did the leading.
Readers may be wondering if there is another context the heading to this article fits. Yes, having intimated that where democracy, truth, honesty and principle are concerned, we have come to the end of the line, the thought is germinating that possibly this blog is coming to the end of the line.
On that last point an announcement will follow during the course of the next few days.