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Friday, 10 February 2017

Democracy, is it failing us?

Now is the time for a revolution; but how do we tell the children that? I’m not suggesting that it is too late for us, us middle-aged belly-spreading generation that wanted it all to be so different; or the current next generation of newbies glued to their phones and thinking that a revolution consists of ordering something a little different at Starbucks. No, it is not too late, but I think we will not be taken seriously. Just look at the demonstrations that have been happening recently against the Trump-ton. Have they been taken as anything other than an itch that is annoying and needs to be scratched away? This is not right, the political classes should be taking us all seriously. But all Theresa May and her cronies on the bench seem to do is smile smugly and then wave it away as if they have something far more important to do, such as destroying the evil NHS.

Democracy, it maybe sane to say, is becoming a parody of itself. Let’s look at what democracy should mean:

system of government by the whole population or all the eligible members of a state, typically through elected representatives.

That is according to Google, who of course know so much more about what a democratic state should be; but it is interesting when you break it down: a system of government by the whole population, you just have to look at the current way that the government bicker and attack with their shadow government to realise this is not on behalf of the whole population. It is for their own interests. Then we are asked to believe that they do it on behalf of their electorate, the majority of which when it comes to elections see nothing fit to vote for so abstain. This is not democracy, it is delusion. We are living in a broken society that only something new can fix.

A new kind of politics is needed. Winston Churchill, arguably one of our greatest prime ministers, once said that democracy is the worst form of government;, apart from all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.

We need something new and inventive. Something that will attract the imagination of everyone old enough to vote, indeed, he also said that the best argument against democracy is a five minute conversation with the average voter.  Just watch Prime Ministers Questions on a Wednesday at midday and realise what an embarrassing disaster our political system has become.

So what is the answer? Is there an answer and if so who implements it?

We do. We are the answer. We need an uprising and then we need to start this whole process all over again. And it can start with the internet. Here we have the greatest tool at our disposal, so great and so new that the higher classes of the political system refrain from using it. It is the best weapon anyone could have, so much better in the knowledge that our ministers do not demean themselves by using it.

Educate the young to want better than what we have been given. For too long we have let mediocrity slide over us like a large blindfold; or like one of those Rovers from The Prisoner, to stop us from speaking our mind. That is the government that is being created worldwide and it is all being done under the banner of democracy.

Perhaps it is too late for us forty-somethings, but it is not too late for the younglings (quoting George Lucas from Star Wars Episode 3: Revenge of the Sith).

Can we save democracy? Yes, we can; but it should not be and cannot allow to remain to be the domain of the elite. It should be for all of the people and represent all of the people. That is why so few bother to turn out to vote, because it has become an exercise for the elite to get exactly what they want and draw a veil over the rest of the country. Heck, Donald Trump talks about being "one of the people", and he is one of the richest on the planet, screwing everyone along the way (in more ways than one if you believe all of the stories). So if he is one of the people and represents a break for the establishment, then that is a country in deep trouble. Here in Britain it is similar, we have elitists in power who do what they want to do for their own gain. That is not a democratic country, it is elitist. But it can be changed.

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