……..and what a ‘state’ it is!
The reason for the parlous ‘state’ in which our nation finds itself can, in my opinion, be laid firmly at the door of ‘representative democracy’.
First, a few reasons for the preceding statement:
- Representative democracy is but an alternative term for a dictatorship that has yet to emerge from the closet;
- Representative democracy is ‘sold’ to us as government by the people, for the people; however, without the responsibility of the people and the involvement of the people what have you left? Just ‘government’;
- Under representative democracy, elections may well determine which party is ‘in’ power; what they do not determine is how and what use is made of that power;
- Representative democracy in the United Kingdom is to decide, once every few years, which ‘representatives’ of each political party will misrepresent the people in Parliament;
- Representative democracy is simply totalitarianism by another name, one that allows its electorate the illusion of having a voice in ‘matters du jour’;
- Representative democracy is but a prison of our own making, one which forces us to agree to a government of our ‘choice’ to fight for their right to oppress us;
- Representative democracy betrays the electorate especially when laws which the people must obey have no roots in them but in oligarchies – be those ‘home grown’ or of a ‘foreign’ origin.
- Representative democracy only fosters an illusion of government by ‘representatives’; and that is not ‘government by, for, or of the people’; but instead produces conflicts of interest which result in an unstable balance of power, some of the power being held by unelected groups of those with other interests, one of which most definitely is not that of the people;
- Just who is an elected government that can decide it will not tolerate dissent from those who elected it?
- Finally, to those wishing to overthrow their current tyrannical government and look with envy at the British system – is there much point in overthrowing that which you have only to replace it with yet another similar form of government?
Like many others, I will not stand by while democracy is trampled upon by politicians more concerned with amassing power for themselves than helping the people who elected them to Westminster in the first place. It should be recalled that democracy was born of philosophers – unfortunately, it has now been murdered by politicians.
Let us remember that ‘democracy is derived from the Greek: ‘demokratia’, in turn derived from the words: ‘demos’: people and ‘kratos’: power’ – in modern parlance: of the people, for the people, by the people. It is inconceivable that people who have ceded the habit of self-government can correctly decide by whom they should be governed; coupled with the fact that no government who might profess to be liberal and wise will surface from the choices of a people who are but serfs.
The problem the people have in the United Kingdom is that politicians mainly have only one agenda it would appear; and that is to feather their own nests. Many have their hands deep in corporate pockets, acting as advisors. Whatever else they do can be classified as sleight of hand and distraction with a view to keeping the public occupied with trivia, divided against each other; and thinking their vote matters.
Democracy should never be left in the hands of politicians because they tend to only like democracy when it can be used to their personal advantage – witness the recent case in the High Court which began last Thursday. Likewise, referring to the ‘debates’ held on the referendum of last June together with that held recently in the House of Commons on the subject of parliamentary scrutiny of the Government’s negotiating strategy for leaving the EU – and one thing we rediscovered is the old adage that we usually learn from debates that we seldom learn from debates.
Politics ought to be the part-time profession of everyone in the land as, bearing in mind the venality exhibited by our politicians past and present, there can be no safer repository for the ultimate powers of government than the people themselves; because, where democracy is concerned, the key element is participation of the people.
Therefore it becomes imperative that our system of democracy be changed to one wherein the people become ‘sovereign’, which they in fact are; and thus become the final arbiter, thereby having the final decision over what is acceptable law under which they are prepared to lead their lives and, at the same time, safeguard the future of their nation.
The problem that the people will face is that our political class are not ‘the people’. Not only that but they do not – and will not – like us because we will be occupying the ‘ground’ which they consider their domain.
It will be up to us who no longer wish to be ruled by a chosen few, to put them in their rightful place in the hierarchy of democracy – and that is where the new website that will shortly ‘go live’ comes into play. It will be your opportunity to decide the form of direct democracy you wish – and, more importantly, to decide how it should be progressed.