Round like a circle in a spiral, like a wheel within a wheel
Never ending or beginning on an ever spinning reel
Windmills of your mind
Andy Silvester writes on Coffee House about David Ruffley and his ‘troubles’; also citing Mercer, Hancock and Miller, using these examples for a ‘proper’ re-call bill for errant Members of Parliament. Highlighting the fact that in all the approbation that Ruffley’s decision to stand down at the next general election has incurred, the one section whose voice has not been heard is that of his constituents.
Silvester writes about a stable democracy – yet the only thing stable about our present system of democracy is that the horse (democracy) has long since bolted; even if it was ever there in the first place. It never ceases to amaze me that we get article after article calling for devolution of power to the people – we even have politicians jumping on this bandwagon – when devolving power to the people is the complete antithesis of representative democracy – the two are but ‘chalk and cheese’.
This post reminds me of this article in the Guardian – just how can democracy exist; and here we need to remember the derivation of the word ‘democracy’; if that present system under which we are governed allows an ex-MP to stand again when they have been found guilty of malfeasance and presumably lost their seat as a result.
Was that the reason Joan Ryan lost her seat to Nick de Bois at the 2010 General Election? Or was it purely because the electorate in Enfield North had turned against the Labour Party? Is the electorate so fickle that they because they now feel ‘shafted’ by the Coalition – and the main element of that coalition, the Conservative Party – they will re-elect Joan Ryan?
If it is accepted that representative democracy is the only form of democracy, where is there one element of democracy per se when those selected to represent a constituency are not chosen by said constituents, but by a ‘party machine’?
We are continually informed that there is a great divide twixt politicians and those that they are supposed to represent, so when will the people realise that there is another way whereby they can control those they elect and fund?
When will the penny drop?