“Representative democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want and deserve to get it good and hard.”
(paraphrasing H.L. Mencken)
With the impending commencement of the last of the self-glorification jamborees, much advice appears in the press by journalists (eg: Charles Moore, Neil O’Brien and Andrew Grice) advising David Cameron and the Conservaties how to continue the propagation of the system by which they, the journalists, are able to feed themselves through the regurgitation of senseless pronouncements made by men and women who have, time and time again, failed in their chosen career but, defying all the laws of logic, manage to hang onto their jobs.
Added to which we have William Hague, in the Telegraph, informing us what we can and cannot have when it comes to deciding how we wish to be governed; which is accompanied by the obligatory ‘puff-piece’ from Robert Winnett, the newspaper’s ‘political editor’, who is of the opinion that many of those travelling to Birmingham consider Hague to be the greatest prime minister we never had.
Nowhere have I noticed any of the journalistic ‘wise men’ mention – probably because the thought never entered what passes as their brain – the point that if we are to be allowed to express our consent on membership of the EU, should we not likewise be allowed to express our consent on any law that the political class decide to impose on us? Should we not be allowed to express our consent on the amount of taxation that we will be told must be provided? More importantly, not one of them focusses on the fact that, in virtually every sphere of our lives, all that we can do is only that permitted by the political class. Bearing in mind the preceding sentence, there is no mention of the fact that, if this country is supposed to be a democracy and the political class have so much power, then there cannot be that much power, if any, left with the people.
It is indeed ironic that those who have chosen to turn a blind eye to the growing power of the political class are those who are now complaining the loudest about the wish of the political class to dictate to them what they can and cannot publish.
The words of Martin Niemöller spring to mind………….