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Thoughts on Democracy

Published: Friday, January 20, 2017

I just had a letter published in The Guardian newspaper. I wrote, “You were kind enough to publish a letter from me in In January 2009 at the time of inauguration of President Obama.  This was in response to a previous writer who wrote that Bush was once again a nonentity – an irrefutable argument for democracy.  I wrote that the fact that he was elected twice was surely an argument against democracy.  Now we have Trump and Brexit.  What price democracy now?”

Does this mean I am against democracy?  No, as Winston Churchill once said, “Democracy is the worst form of government – apart from all the others.”  For all its faults, our democratic process could be worse; we came within a hairsbreadth of having the dingbat Andrea Leadsom as Prime Minister.

Going back to The The Guardian, yesterday it was reported that a Labour MP was calling for the Chief Executive of Rolls Royce to lose his knighthood as the company had admitted and been fined for bribery and corruption going on over a number of years.  Alongside that article was one reporting that a woman had been jailed for non-payment of council tax.  You can be sure that no-one at Rolls Royce will be personally held responsible and prosecuted for criminality while a destitute person is jailed.  We’re back to the time of Dickens and the Marshalsea, the debtors’ prison.

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