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.