Sunday, 3 April 2011

A democracy designed by and for the preservation of the political elite

"It stands to reason that where there's sacrifice, there's someone collecting sacrificial offerings. Where there's service, there's someone being served. The man who speaks to you of sacrifice, speaks of slaves and masters. And intends to be the master."
Ayn Rand
"We must show that liberty is not merely one particular value but that it is the source and condition of most moral values. What a free society offers to the individual is much more than what he would be able to do if only he were free. We can therefore not fully appreciate the value of freedom until we know how a society of free men as a whole differs from one in which unfreedom prevails."
Friedrich Hayek
In response to the first quotation one can but think of David Cameron and his phrase "We are all in this together". In the case of the second, one could inform Hayek, where he still alive, that we do now experience a society in which "unfreedom" prevails.

I have no wish, or need, to repeat my arguments regarding the Localism Bill, the European Union Bill, or the proposed "re-call of MPs" and the democratic deficits contained therein - all 'deficits' designed with one aim, namely for the political elite to keep their hands on the "levers of power". My aversion to the alternative system of electing our "representatives" has already been posted here and here

It is time that it is recognised the political elite will never, ever, return those "freedoms" which, over the decades, they have usurped - or allowed to be usurped by their "agents", aka "Charities" - and that there ultimately is only one option left if we, as individuals, are to regain our freedom. We take it back - and not necessarily via the ballot box! Revolutionary? Yes, no argument - but is there a viable alternative?

Take a look at any party manifesto, over the last few decades, and show me one on which the party in government has not renaged. Show me one general election campaign in which politicians have promised ("read my lips" springs to mind) adherence to a certain policy, only to break that pledge on assuming office. Show me one politician in the last few decades who has not lied to the people, at one time or another. 

How much longer are we to acquiesce to the charade of our political elite coming to us on their knees, come general election time, apologising for their past mistakes and swearing they will change having learned their lesson? How much longer do we accept our loss of liberties in the name of terrorism, diveristy/equality and being part of "Europe"? How much longer do we accept changes to our society, changes being another name for social-engineering?

Reverting to the matter of "We are all in this together", consider:

During the mad cow epidemic our government could track a single cow, born in Appleby almost three years ago, right to the stall where she slept in the county of Cumbria? But they were and are unable to locate an equal number of illegal immigrants wandering around our country. Maybe we should give each of them a cow. 

Politicians talk about instilling democracy in Iraq ... Why don't we just give them the original version of ours? It was drawn up by a lot of really smart guys, it has worked for centuries and we're not using it anymore. 

The real reason that we can't have the Ten Commandments posted in Parliament, is this: You cannot post 'Thou Shalt Not Steal', 'Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery' and 'Thou Shall Not Lie' in a building full of politicians..... It creates a hostile work environment.

Mind you, on a lighter note, perhaps Pam Ayres has the answer!


Stuart said...

To me, our government or any member thereof lying or being dishonest is a bigger news event than any other. Yet this whole debacle over the bailout agreement with Darling, Osborne etc has been barely reported by the national media. R North said everyone has an agenda and that is true in spades. The Telegraph along with all other papers have their own agenda, and that is to protect politicians or interests they agree with. Bruno Waterfields recent report in the DT seemed to disappear from the front page of their website pretty quick into obscurity.

WitteringsfromWitney said...

S: Quite agree and yes, it took me ages to find the BW article - in the end I had to google it.