……..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?