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Well, I never………..

……..thought I would live to see the day that a political commentator, in this case Simon Jenkins, admit that the British people are sovereign.

Voters surrender their sovereignty to MPs until the next election. Good, bad, sane or stupid, that is the rule, he writes. Well if that is the rule; and therefore representative democracy  is not democracy per se, then it is about time the bloody rule was changed!

Jenkins continues: A quite different question is that of consent. No government in modern times has enjoyed majority consent of the electorate, let alone of the British people; in which case how can they legitimately have assumed office?

Yestersday the CoffeeHouse introduced this item by summarising thus: The Prime Minister says that Labour could not legitimately form a minority government if the party wins fewer seats than the Conservatives because it would represent only part of the country.

But hang on, in 2010 Cameron did not command the majority consent of the electorate, neither did the Liberal Democrats; and the Coalition Agreement most certainly did not command majority consent, purely because the electorate were never given the opportunity of agreeing it.

Now see what I mean when I have said this general election is an afront to democracy?

 

 

And the difference is?

Much, it would seem, is being made of a gaffe by Cameron who used the phrase ‘career defining’ instead of ‘country defining’; a gaffe on which Labour have reportedly seized.

But hang on – is not career defining correct?

Cameron knows, like Miliband, that were he to fail to become the next Prime Minister, he will be ‘toast’? Clegg, who may well lose his seat at Sheffied Hallam if polls are to be believed, knows likewise and that like Cameron and Miliband a sinecure in Brussels will no doubt be on offer.

Which leaves the poor British electorate funding all three careers, no matter what happens on May 7th.

The British electorate needs to wake up because whatever happens they are being taken for the proverbial ride.

Democracy exists in our green and pleasant land? I don’t think so.

Just saying……………………………….