Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Democracy And The Left


I think for a lot of people, particularly those on the liberal left side of the political divide, Democracy is something they prefer the idea of to the reality. It makes them look cool and liberal to champion democracy (particularly when it is being fought for abroad, most especially against undemocratic governments that are backed by the West), but they don’t seem so keen on it when it’s closer to home.

 

Before 1972 Britain had a democracy that was envied and copied around the world. In that year Prime Minister Ted Heath took us into what was then the EEC, something which he promised the British public was just about economic and not political union. Long before he publicly admitted that he had lied about that, it had become obvious that political union was very much on the agenda and power was gradually and irreversibly being devolved away from our democratically elected government to a group of unelected and largely unaccountable officials in Brussels. Fast forward to 2016 and we have a referendum on our membership of the EU, and the supposedly democracy-loving Left are leading the call for the UK to remain in the EU, rather than taking back control of its own affairs and borders. Even more hilariously, when the result of the referendum went against them, many called for it to be ignored, citing that fact that the Leave campaigners told lies as a reason for annulling the result. If the fact that one party lied was a reason for annulling an election result, we would never have joined the EEC/EU in the first places, and I’m guessing a lot of General Election results would be declared null and void too!

 

Personally I’m not particularly fussed when we stay in or leave the EU, I can see up and down sides to both options. I do however think that if we end up remaining we should just drop the pretence of democracy. Think of the money we’d save if we didn’t have to pay the wages and expenses for 650 MPs and have elections every 4 years. We could just add rubber-stamping EU legislation to the Queen’s list of duties and turn the Houses of Parliament into a museum. I think it’s the most beautiful building in London and it would be fantastic for the public to be able to access it fully.

 

The hypocrisy of the Left in this matter shouldn’t come as a great surprise though. These are the same people who are quick to condemn (and call for the censorship of, while at the same time claiming to champion free speech) of anything they deem sexist or homophobic. However they are also the first to defend Islam (a religion which sanctifies patriarchy and homophobia) and assure us that those who commit terrorist acts in the name of Allah do not represent the views of ‘real’ Muslims, they’ve even invented a word (Islamist) to separate ‘bad’ and ‘good’ Muslims, so terrified are they of being portrayed as racist (a word which carries the same stigma as ‘paedophile’ in today’s PC society) should they be seen to be criticising Islam. It’s no wonder European and American politics have shifted so much to the right in recent years. Weakness and cowardice are probably the 2 least desirable qualities that people wish to see in their leaders. I think what has happened has been less a move towards the Right, more a recoiling in disgust from the Left!