Wherein is democracy?

“To the extent that a society limits its government to policing functions which curb the individuals who engage in aggressive and criminal actions, and conducts its economic affairs on the basis of free and willing exchange, to that extent domestic peace prevails. When a society departs from this norm, its governing class begins, in effect, to make war upon the rest of the nation.”

Edmund A. Opitz

Two articles caught my eye this evening, one by Douglas Carswell writing in The Commentator; and the other by Brendan O’Neill writing in the Daily Telegraph. Carswell is writing on the subject of bank reform – or not, as he maintains – and O’Neill writes on how the political class believe that we are privileged to have been allowed onto the  the rarefied plane of political and media debate.

Both articles demonstrate that the political class have no wish to listen to we, the people; and both demonstrate that they have no intention of so doing. From Carswell:

“The Vickers report recommended some kind of separation between retail banking (where ordinary folk put their money) and investment banking (the supposedly more high-risk kind of banking). The idea behind a Vickers-style division is good – your money, put for safe-keeping in a bank, shouldn’t be at risk from all that other stuff that bankers do. Yet how complete a separation should this retail/investment split be? Almost total, think most MPs, according to today’s FT. A sort of separation, say the Treasury team.” (Emphasis mine)

From O’Neill:

“A few years back, sensing they were massively estranged from the public, politicians and the commentariat sought to engage with us via the web, in a largely phoney, flimsy fashion; now, recognising that they are still estranged from the public, more so than ever in fact, these same opinion-makers denounce us as trolls and write off web-based political engagement as a gigantic failed experiment. They have opted to stew in their aloofness, rather than address it.” (Emphasis mine)

When considering our personal money – or at least what remains of it after the state has done a ‘Dick Turpin’ on us – and the future direction of our country, should not we have a voice in both?

All the more reason for adoption of the 6 Demands of the Harrogate Agenda, methinks.

Just asking/saying………



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