Pilots, to a large degree, are like salesmen. They have to be confident to be good at their careers. They have to practice relentlessly and plan out all the scenarios of the things that could happen when they’re out there. Nothing is more important than preparation. They are also mighty competitive as individuals
Politicians too, under representative democracy, are salesman who have to exude confidence if they are to succeed in their careers – none more so than when they are trying to sell the people a ‘pig in a poke’. They are also competitive in that they will grab every opportunity to further their wealth and position in society.
Unfortunately, while they may practice relentlessly at improving their public image by having us believe they know more than squat-diddley about squat diddley, there the similarity with a highly skilled profession, such as a pilot, ends. They most obviously do not plan for what the future might hold, they do not ‘prepare’; ie, they do not consider the ‘what if’ factor.
In general when we board an aircraft we are taken to where we wish to go – although there are instances when this does not happen – albeit due to other factors such as ground control; and for ‘ground control’ read, where politicians are concerned, ‘charities’; ngos, etc. Methinks that where representative democracy is concerned I would rather have a pilot guiding the direction of this nation than an unknowing politician who has not considered all alternatives and would have us believe he knows everything.
Until such time as we have politicians of omnificent capabilities then I for one believe we need the safeguard of being able to ‘rein them back’ from their dictatorial tendencies and say: whoa, just a minute……. Likewise, when they refuse to countenance legislation on a particular subject which we, the people, want, then we the people also need the ability to inform them: you may not want this, but we do – so get on with it!
As I have written previously this nation of ours does not belong to 650 – neither does it belong to pressure groups such as The Harrogate Agenda who would have us believe that they can dictate ‘democracy’, especially direct democracy – which is supposed to be ‘ground up’. Democracy belongs to 64+million; and until the voice of 64+million can be heard, we can have no democracy – ergo: we need direct democracy.
Of course The Harrogate Agenda may wish to respond – without regurgitating the words of their ‘guru’……..?