Tag Archives: Direct Democracy

Manchester -a personal statement.

The recent event in Manchester resulting in the death of 22 people and the injury of some 50+ more, some of whom were children, is, of course, not only sad; but also sickening.

Sickening not just because of what occurred, but sickening as a result of the platitudes offered by those who bear the responsibility for having created the conditions which allowed it happened.

Statements such as: our prayers and thoughts are with those bereaved; we will not allow terrorism to win; those complicit in the act will be brought to justice; Manchester will ‘come together’ and be stronger; a public vigil will be held in their memory, etc, etc, are meaningless  to those who died or were injured – or their families.

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From cradle to grave – what are the benefits?

In the United Kingdom we are repeatedly informed the NHS is there to care for us from cradle to grave, yet all we read about is the ‘alleged’ shortage of cash that the NHS suffers coupled with waiting times in A&E and admissions to wards. One has to ask why politicians have allowed what has become an ‘institution’, an institution of their own making, to be still treated by them all as a ‘sacred cow’.

At its inception it was never intended to cater for the patient numbers that now exist. Why those numbers exist today  can basically be laid at the door of immigration together with the increased longevity of life, but, more importantly, also at the door of politicians who have done nothing to mitigate the situation in which the NHS now finds itself.

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People of the United Kingdom, we are well and truly ‘procreated’!

Well may you ask where the fault lies.

Sometimes I think that a parody of democracy could be more dangerous than a blatant dictatorship, because that gives people an opportunity to avoid doing anything about it. Aung San Suu Kyi Discerning the difference between a dictator and a leader is quite easy. The former cannot help but see ‘leading’ and ‘serving’ as stark contradictions that by their very nature are utterly incompatible. The latter can’t tell the difference Craig D. Lounsbrough

When a nation leaves the fate of his country to an ignorant and fool person, then that nation itself will be remembered in history as an ignorant and fool nation!”
Mehmet Murat ildan

From Wikipedia we learn that: Dictatorship is a form of government where a country or a group of countries is ruled by one person or political entity, and exercised through various mechanisms to ensure that the entity’s power remains strong. A dictatorship is a type of authoritarianism, in which politicians regulate nearly every aspect of the public and private behavior of citizens. Dictatorship and totalitarianism societies generally employ political propaganda to decrease the influence of proponents of alternative governing systems.

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What is sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander – unfortunately

According to the Cambridge Dictionary one definition of this saying is that it is said: to emphasize that if one person is allowed to do something or to behave in a particular way, then another person must be allowed to do that thing or behave in that way, too.

Much is made of a ‘supposed’ statement by Winston Churchill: We are with Europe but not of it; we are linked but not compromised. We are associated but not absorbed. If Britain must choose between Europe and the open sea, she must always choose the open sea.

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Naturalisation

When a foreign national seeks citizenship/naturalisaton of their host nation, who should make that decision – those of the community in which the applicant lives; or, as in the United Kingdom, a bureaucratic, box-ticking government department?

Recently, in Switzerland, a case concerning a woman who had lived in Switzerland since she was eight, speaks fluent Swiss German, has three children with Swiss passports, has no criminal record, doesn’t claim welfare and is politically active was rejected. On the face of it, one would have thought she would be a ‘shoo-in’ for a Swiss passport. How wrong you are..

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Home Truths – a new series

Having been for some time a disciple of Thomas Sowell, an American economist, turned social theorist, political philosopher, and author; I thought I might start a new daily series, using his ‘pithy’ remarks (some of which may end up being paraphrased to make them pertinent to this country.

#! – A question for politicians:

Since this is an era when many of you are concerned about ‘fairness’ and ‘social justice,’ what is your ‘fair share’ of what someone else has worked for?

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The Political Mindset

Even though his political affiliation/thinking is at the opposite spectrum to mine, I have (until now) always ‘had time’ for Frank Field (Labour – Birkenhead).

In a  recent interview he gave to Sky News on the subject of Parliamentary Democracy viz-a-viz Brexit, he said:

When we decide to have a referendum, we give back to the people that sovereignty – they decide the issue………… (emphasis mine)

So presumably, under representative democracy, the people have no sovereignty unless the political elite allow them so to have for the fifteen hours that polling booths are open. This point was noted by Jean-Jacques Rousseau (28 June 1712 – 2 July 1778) who is reported to have said: The English think they are free. They are free only during the election of members of parliament.

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The right to rule?

It would seem that those we elect rely on a mistaken belief, based on ‘Parliamentary Democracy’, that they alone have the ‘right to rule’ the people of the United Kingdom. This allows them to believe that, through the system of representative democracy, they ‘own’ the United Kingdom based on the idea they represent the people of the United Kingdom – which they most definitely do not.

While one sees MPs such as David Lammy stating he will vote against triggering Article 50 come what may  and Owen Smith openly stating he will use any vote in an attempt to get another referendum to overthrow the result of the first; no way can MPs maintain they represent the views of the people. It is then the question has to be asked: wherefore democracy?

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The hypocrisy of MPs

Following the recent High Court decision on the ability of the Executive to arbitrarily decide when and how Article 50 notification is given, a court case which our all-knowing executive arm of our Government lost, I am amazed at the number of MPs ‘queuing up to proclaim the ‘Sovereignty of Parliament’.

I have, therefore, to ask those MPs just where were they – and their predecessors – during the last four decades plus – when the sovereignty they so prize has been steadily eroded under their very noses?

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Announcement

It is with great pleasure I am now able to advise that the new website, Direct Democracy for the United Kingdom (dd4uk.com), which is a Public Consultation on the way forward to enact direct democracy in the United Kingdom, will be published at 11:00 on the morning of Monday 7th November 2016.

Please note that at the top of the home page is an advisory article on how you can gain the best use of  this forum; and it is strongly advised that this is read prior to proceeding. Likewise it is also suggested, besides reading  the home page, you also read ‘Intro’ (also at the top of the home page).

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