Thwart Democracy at your peril

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This is going to be one of those posts: an unpopular one on WordPress. I don’t care, I’m hungover but I have a few jumbled thoughts I want to put on my blog – because I’ve had enough. I’ve had it up to here with the insults, the slurs, the bullying – I’ve had it up to here with the utter contempt for democracy.

A lot of people still seem to be unable to differentiate between Europe and the European Union.

Those same people decided more than two and a half years ago that Leave voters were racists and bigots and they haven’t at all tried in all that time to listen to the actual reasons why some wanted to leave the EU. The short, easy and simple answer – by the way – is sovereignty. But nobody wants to hear that. 

Leave voters have been abused, demonised, they’ve been threatened, they’ve been bullied – yes, bullied – and dismissed as the scum of the earth. 

It has also been made abundantly clear they are crude, uneducated, stupid. 

For two and a half years, the enlightened middle classes, artists, creatives, academia, politicians, the media have looked down on the people who could get it so wrong. 

I saw this yesterday: “You can’t be an art lover and be pro-Brexit!”

It might as well be set in stone.

Well, I’m an art lover, (and most of the Leavers I know are too) and I find it astonishing I should have to explain why I love art and culture in many shapes and forms and why I’m also opposed to a centralised power and homogenised society—it’s incredible I should have to explain I can’t & won’t subscribe to a fabricated identity.

And why should I explain it? Because the ‘enlightened’ don’t believe it. They can’t, they refuse to see further than: pro-Brexit means ignorant, stupid and evil. 

Remainers hate nationalism so much they make a point of constantly stating they are ashamed of their own country. Which is quite something when you think about it. There is nothing wrong with patriotism. I love France, I also love England, my adoptive country – I am proud of their collective heritage and yes, I want to protect that. There is nothing wrong with any of this. What is wrong is not having any pride in your own country, what is wrong is looking back on its history and finding fault with every bit of it, what is wrong is attempting to re-write history, what is wrong is embracing some made-up identity which makes no sense whatsoever. 

Someone said yesterday: “Remainers who are EU devotees don’t realise that, draped in their flags and their insignia and blind faith to a political structure, they’re showing all the hallmarks of extreme nationalists. Just because it is supranational it doesn’t make it any different.”

I couldn’t have put it better. This devotion to the EU is also akin to religious fanaticism. 

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But the worse of it all is this self-righteousness: they will do everything to overturn the result of a democratic vote because they believe they are on the right side, and the good side of things. Apparently, leaving the EU would plunge the UK into chaos. We’ve had ‘project fear’ where nothing less than the apocalypse has been predicted if the UK actually leaves the EU. Of course there isn’t one shred of evidence this will happen but the propaganda has been relentless. The truth is: nobody knows for sure what the economic and political consequences of leaving the EU will be, how could they? Speculation is just that, but there is no actual reason to believe leaving will bring about Armageddon.

There is also the fact that leaving the EU apparently means turning your back on Europe – utter rot, of course. I don’t even want to keep addressing this “little Englanders” thing, the racism, etc… they keep talking about – it’s just too ridiculous. 

This self-righteousness which I find repellent has made people turn on their friends, sometimes even on their family. How does one even get to that point? To feel so utterly right, to be so incredibly sure you -are- and -know- better that you accuse and demonise and preach tolerance whilst displaying anything but?

Meanwhile, a government composed mainly of Remainers has sung to the EU’s tune and deliberately done everything it could to delay and stop the inevitable. 

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A petition to stop Brexit has just reached 5 million signatures – let’s be clear: this is a petition to cancel the result of a democratic vote – and Remainers rejoiced as if this was a success…in any way. I suggest they get back to us once they’ve reached 17 million…which they won’t, because rabid Remainers are part of the elite. And the elite by definition is small. Ah, but where the elite is, you find the power, obviously. Remainers are a small but very vocal minority because they are the academia, they are the media, they are the politicians. They are not the people and they despise the people – the great unwashed cannot be allowed to make decisions since they can’t be relied upon to know anything. How deliciously ironic that those who actually understand what the EU is, how it works and operates are ordinary people – they are also able to comprehend you can love Europe and loathe the EU. 

To be clear, I was a Remainer before the referendum, but I was of course also a believer in democracy. You lose a vote, you don’t get to vote again – that’s not how democracy works. I am convinced another vote would see Leave win by an even bigger margin but, I will erect barricades before I let this second vote happen as it would make a joke of the democratic process. People say: we need to stop Brexit because the government has made a total mess of negotiations and clearly can’t implement it. Well, that’s true, but only because it doesn’t want to implement it. Well, that’s tough because it has to. The consequences of not respecting a democratic vote will be much more dire for the UK than Brexit could ever be. 

Everything has been done to overturn a democratic vote and, yes, Democracy itself is at stake. You should never attempt to thwart democracy, there is no telling what chaos will ensue if you undermine it. I’m afraid this is something the ruling classes will learn the (very) hard way. 

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53 thoughts on “Thwart Democracy at your peril

  1. You GO Girl!!! 🙂

    I’m British by birth, Australian by choice, but when i see the protesters outside the Houses of parliament waving Blue and yellow Flags either instead of or over the top pf the Union Jack i feel insulted and thank God i don’t live in the same country they do – an England i have never known and do not feel a part of any more. 😦

    As for the Democratic vote… Here in Western Australia we had FOUR referendums on whether or not to follow 4 ‘Eastern’ States and adopt daylight saving time over our Summer to give us more daylight after most people finish working for the day. Three times it was a resounding ‘No’ (After a 6 month trial) A few years after the last no vote our Government was ‘convinced’ (by a minority of lobbyists with vested interests) to ‘give’ us a 3 YEAR trial again, before a final referendum.

    Three years later the majority again voted ‘No’… what was that about accepting a democratic vote? Expect another ‘People’s vote on Brexit soon! 😦

    I expect in another 2-5 years we here will have yet another attempt to ‘respect the changing wish of the people’ – HA!

    Love your post – as always! 🙂

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    1. I agree. I’m not British but I can’t understand this EU flag being brandished all over London because what the hell does it mean? That you’d rather pledge allegiance to a super state than to your country? Why? The thing that gets me the most is that when you ask Remainers why they want to stay in the EU they don’t usually have any arguments apart from: “I love Europe.” Well, ok. So do I. But the EU isn’t Europe. What else have they got? Very little apart from the propaganda to do with the predicted economic doom.
      As for your horror stories about referendums, I KNOW – it’s outrageous. But for this EU referendum it was made very clear it was a once in a lifetime chance to vote, that the decision would be final…and yet almost three years later this is where we’re at.

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      1. I’m watching from afar and the Parliamentarians behaviour appals me! How can this possibly be called leadership?? I’m so glad it’s not directly affecting me or my ‘chosen’ country.

        I believe you are right about the remainers having no arguement. My theory is it’s what most of them have ever known and they think they owe their decent lifestyle to it and it alone. Most if not all would be in just as favourable condition if britain had never joined and just made reasonable trade deals with the rest of the world as Australia has done – although admitedly much of our income comes from digging valuable stuff out of the ground and selling it – we do very little else apart from sell educational places and scam the tourists! 😉

        How’s the hangover?? 😉

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      2. It IS appalling, political parties are broken (even more than before I should say) and democracy is hanging on by a thread. I’m going to London on Friday for a protest in Parliament Square which will…make no difference whatsoever 😆
        But ANYWAY…hangover?! That was DAYS ago – I should bloody hope I’ve recovered by now my lovely British friend by birth 😉

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      3. I knew you were made of stronger stuff!

        It was merely a poorly made attempt to show my consideration for your welfare! 😉

        Your protest on Friday (which i hope goes well – i was going to say i hope you enjoy… but i suppose that depends upon what your blood alcohol content is at the time! 😉 ) probably will not change anything much – but SOMEONE has to stand up for what is Right in Britain, and who better to do that than a French Woman??? 🙂

        (A remarkably cute French Woman at that?) 😉

        Don’t forget to take a selfie!

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  2. Brilliant post. Perfectly put. This fanatical Nationalism for an authoritarian federal superstate actually scares me, because it’s group think at its worse. I’m not sure half these people even know why they are SO pro the EU.

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  3. Fantastic! Again, the left once again proved that it’s fascist and intolerant, It seems to be global in scope. They’ve conflated immigration with illegal immigration, sovereignty with racism, and are bent on changing established law in order to undo an election or vote. Keep up the good fight, Nathalie 👍👍👍

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    1. Nathalie, I can´t add anything more to what for me it is a basic rational way of thinking.

      And V Hub the left in modern and not so modern times( Mr. litte Benito Mussolini) have tended very subtly and slowly under a umbrela of them being the saviours of the ¨people¨ to eventually make people think that it´s o.k for the left to tell them even what to eat for different reasons. It is a very well perfected tactic that slowly gets into the subconscious of a lot of people. There is the Socialist Internationalist organisation, they are very well organized and with a very clear agenda. And by slowly erradicating the freedom of choices of the ¨people¨ and centralizing power, by definition that is fascism.

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      1. I remember having many disagreement with many bloggers – which would be fine – we’re all entitled to our own views…but they all took it too far and dismissed me as a Nazi from their high HIGH horse

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  4. Provocative writing, Nathalie. As Rousseau observed, “If we take the term in the strict sense, there never has been a real democracy, and there never will be. It is against the natural order for the many to govern and the few to be governed.” But his observation failed to take into account that all the political elite in the future would be opposed to the existence of true democracy. Describing any currently existing political system as democratic is mere propaganda to keep the masses content. The American political system is the most hypocritical example. The U.S. is a republic, not a democracy. There is a distinct difference between the two. In the U.S. national pledge, the people pledge the allegiance to the republic, not the democracy. The government was never designed to be a true democracy. It is only a matter of time before faux democracies are befallen by Hitlers, Mao Tse Tungs, Assads, or Trumps.

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  5. I’m Australian so I have no skin in the Brexit game, but I am a fervent proponent of democracy…and I’m not convinced that the Brexit referendum was in any way democratic.

    Before everyone jumps down my throat, allow me to say that in Australia, we have compulsory voting…for everything, including the very rare referendum:

    ‘To pass a referendum, the bill must ordinarily achieve a double majority: a majority of those voting nationwide, as well as separate majorities in a majority of states (i.e., 4 out of 6 states). In circumstances where a state is affected by a referendum, a majority of voters in that state must also agree to the change. This is often referred to as a “triple majority”.’

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Referendums_in_Australia

    I was shocked when I first realised that very few Western democracies have compulsory voting.

    No representational democracy is perfect, far from it, but when only the two /extremes/ bother to vote, how can you possibly say that the will of the people has been heard? When the results of such an undemocratic vote become law, how can you possibly say that it is for the good of the whole country?

    Apparently 72.2% of citizens across Great Britain voted. I know that’s a large percentage, but it still means that over 1/4 of all citizens [27.8%] did not have a say. It’s possible their votes would not have made a difference, but then with a result of 51.9% Leave vs 48.1% remain, those non-voters could have made a big difference.

    More importantly, if we count Great Britain as having four ‘states’ – England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland – only two of those states voted to leave. This is rather important in my view because Scotland vehemently wanted to remain and Northern Ireland was a strong remain vote as well. If sovereignty truly is at the heart of Brexit then how can the sovereign needs of Scotland and Northern Ireland be ignored?

    As I said at the start of this very long comment, Brexit means nothing to me, but I do care very much about democracy, and I see it being diminished all over the world. That worries me more than I can say because representational democracy is still the best of a bad bunch when it comes to political systems.

    Thanks for letting me add my thoughts here, and apologies for the long comment.

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    1. Nobody is going to jump down your throat. Everybody is entitled to an opinion, it’s Remainers and the Left in general that try to suppress speech and demonise those that don’t agree with them – these days anyway. I believe in free speech, nobody is going to get aggro from me simply because they disagree with what I have to say.

      In regard to your comment: no democracy is perfect, we can agree on that, but the thing is that it’s impossible (and it would be plain wrong) to force people to vote. A democracy means freedom and that means the freedom to not cast a vote if you don’t wish to. The people who don’t bother voting obviously don’t care one way or the other so I don’t see why and how they should be taken into account. So in effect, it is *still* the will of the people that has been heard after the referendum, the ones who could be bothered, the ones who actually cared about the issue and who cared enough to use their votes and have their voices heard in the running of their country.

      I’m more interested in your point about the ‘4 states’ because as you say, Northern Ireland and Scotland particularly had a strong Remain majority…so that’s 2 out of 4. So what’s the solution? For the UK to split I guess, Scotland had its independence referendum and it voted no – I can’t imagine it would vote differently now even with the issue about remaining in the EU in the balance. Do people in Northern Ireland and Scotland care enough about remaining in the EU that they’d want independence as a result? Some might, I doubt very much that a majority of them would because there are so many other things to consider.
      So, I agree that this referendum result being implemented could not possibly please everyone and some are bound to feel very sore about it…but we have to work with the system we have even if it’s not exactly fair – not respecting the majority vote in the EU referendum would be a terrible mistake IMO.

      Thank you for taking the time to reply, and no apology is needed 🙂

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      1. Thanks for considering my points re the four ‘states’. That’s all I was hoping for.

        I did some stats many years ago so I’m less comfortable about dismissing the ‘middle’, even if, as you say, they don’t care either way. In a democracy, I’d prefer to have proof.

        On your point about freedom, I have to disagree. Freedom in the way you mean is not a ‘right’. As individuals, we have the right to leave society and take our chances ‘in the wild’, but most of us wouldn’t survive for long. We don’t have claws or teeth to compete with predators. Nor do we have the speed to run away from them. Without the protection of society, we are helpless. To me, freedom to die is not all that attractive.

        For an individual to be free to live her life as she pleases, she must live in a society that makes such freedom possible. There are heaps of examples of societies in which individual freedom is limited or non-existent. That’s why the concept of democracy is so important to me. It’s also why I consider compulsory voting to be such a small price to pay for /my/ freedom.

        Or maybe because I’ve never known anything else, I find the UK and US systems so hard to understand. One way or the other, we’re all the products of the society in which we live.

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  6. Dear Nathalie
    I’m a Remainer, and I agree with some of the points you make, but Brexit is a complex matter which will have profound effects for all our lives.
    The main ground for your Leave position seems to be sovereignty. While I agree that the EU has a profound democratic deficit, I would argue that we should remain part of it and seek to reform it. The trouble is that a nation that is not a superpower – and the United Kingdom is not – has to align with a power-bloc to remain prosperous. Our choice is basically to align with Europe or to align with the USA. In my dealings with citizens of those places, I would choose Europe every time.
    You rather dismiss economic arguments as Project Fear, but at the time of the referendum not a single economist believed that Brexit would benefit the economy. From working in the car manufacturing industry, I can tell you that we are unlikely to retain a car industry for long after Brexit, and I suspect that many other industries are the same.

    There’s a lot more to be said of course! I hope you don’t mind my putting some of the Remain arguments in a comment on your post; if you feel I have been ill-mannered in doing so, please delete my comment and accept my apologies.
    With very best wishes
    Penny

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    1. Penny, let me start by saying that of course you are welcome to add your comments here, why wouldn’t you be?

      I agree that Brexit is a complex matter which will have profound effects for all our lives. You believe the EU should be reformed and you assume it can be reformed, you’re not the only one who shares that viewpoint but I’m afraid I don’t believe reform is possible. I think the EU is becoming more and more authoritarian as time passes, it’s become a monster that has no wish or ability to change. Just look at the way they’ve handled the negotiations to do with Brexit – true, our PM has been weak because she does not believe in Brexit but the way this country has been treated, mocked, dismissed by Brussels is outrageous. They have been intransigent, intent on making the UK pay for daring to want to leave.

      In my opinion the EU is destined to fail and surely it is better to be out than in when that happens. Before the monster ends up eating itself though, it’s going to cause more damage, the EU army is one of those things that should worry every single one of us.

      I do not dismiss economic argument, it’s clear Brexit will have an effect but Leavers know this and are prepared for this. National independence and sovereignty matter greatly to them and are worth suffering a little economic setback for. Besides, any economic upheaval won’t last forever, even if it is pretty much inevitable in the short term. In any case you’ll find the ones who will be least affected are Remainers as they are mainly middle class. I know that most economists did not come out in favour of Brexit, I’m sorry to say I think this is again part of ‘project fear’ which has gone to such ridiculous length as to predict we’d run out of food and medicine in the event of Brexit!
      Switzerland, Iceland, Norway aren’t part of the EU and they are managing just fine.
      I believe in the UK and I think there is no reason it can’t survive and eventually prosper outside the EU.

      Thank you for being civil and so very polite, I really appreciate it 🙂

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  7. It is an interesting set of issues, and worthwhile to hear your take. I have no clear sight about this issue. But I’ve spoken often with a friend who’s a British expat living in Quebec, and an intelligent and cultured and reasonable person I’ve found him to be. He told me the whole Brexit impulse mystifies him, and that the first thing he thought of when he heard the idea was how it could easily re-incinerate the Norther Ireland troubles. Also, he told me he’s spoken to many old acquaintances from his former home country, and seems to hear more often than not that most of them seem to hav ehad no idea what they were voting for or against. Referendums, paradoxical as it may seem, strike me as anti-democratic. Because they artificially oversimplify a complex issue which should normally take its course through many related processes and cultural shifts into one mass decision point.

    But of course, extremes on both sides obscure the details of the issue, I am certain.

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  8. Thank you so much for writing this. Here in the US, there is an almost reflexive condemnation of and disdain for Brexit similar to what you describe, though no one seems to have given the actual issues any thought.

    The strange thing is, for several years I’ve done occasional posts on my blog about the undemocratic and corrupt nature of the EU, the ghastly effects of the austerity policies it’s imposed on its southern member states (similar to what the Republicans want to impose in the US), and so on, and the people among my readers who now so vociferously condemn Brexit never objected or disagreed with any of it. At some point around the time of the referendum, anti-Brexit simply became the “correct” position for no obvious reason I can see, and it’s now set in concrete.

    As you say, it’s not surprising that the UK government has largely bungled the Brexit process since they never supported it — it seems to be the case in every European country that both major parties are pro-EU, pushing the voters into the arms of dangerous fringe figures if they want to make themselves heard. It wouldn’t surprise me if there is a fair amount of economic and other turbulence for a while after leaving. The EU will be vindictive. But national independence and sovereignty are important, and worth paying some economic price for, if it comes to that. Just ask people in any ex-colony, or the Baltic states. In the long run the UK will do fine. Norway, Switzerland, and Iceland aren’t in the EU and they are stable and prosperous.

    Making people vote again until they “get it right” is an old EU gimmick, of course. But the people spoke, and by a convincing margin. (As for people who didn’t vote, why worry about what they want if they couldn’t be bothered to express it by voting at the time?) So far the government has at least tried to carry out the will of the people. Let’s hope they don’t lose their nerve now.

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    1. That’s exactly it: people have taken the anti-Brexit stance because it’s “the right thing to do” and most haven’t even got a clue what it’s all about.
      You are absolutely right that the major parties in European countries support the EU agenda which has led to dissatisfaction among so many citizens across Europe. Those citizens are not being heard, they are not being listened to and so we have the ‘populism’ wave rising across Europe which the media then describes as “the rise of the far-right”. It’s so ridiculous, and unnecessary. I also agree regarding the economic turbulence following Brexit, but it is a thing Leavers are prepared for as it’s pretty much inevitable in the short term. Also agree with the fact we can’t worry about people who didn’t bother to vote in the referendum – they clearly didn’t care one way or the other so they make no difference.
      Thanks so much for replying, I really appreciate it.

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      1. I am curious what you think public opinion in France is about leaving the EU. Obviously a referendum on “Frexit” is very unlikely to happen, but if they were able to express their views, do you think a majority of French people would also vote to leave?

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      2. The referendum on Frexit will not happen, no. I can’t say for definite – obviously – but I think there might very well be a majority of people in France willing to leave to EU. My whole family, to start with. Joking aside, there were about 800 French people in London Parliament Square last Friday – they came from all over, a lot of them from France, just to support the Brits…and to make their own feelings about the EU Crystal clear. Things have changed so much in a relatively short space of time – even just 10 years ago I don’t think there would have been a majority willing to leave the EU in France. But discontent has grown, feelings have hardened, times are hard in France currently. Macron is terribly unpopular and I know he’s hanging on but I don’t see how he can last much longer…

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  9. Bloody well spot on, it always seems a blind spot to Remainers what they seem bent on a achieving, the very same Fascism that they accuse everyone else of. Perhaps Remainers lack a sense of irony.

    It seems that half the countries in the EU want to leave at this point so at this point it seems rather an irrelevant institution.

    I was very excited to read the first line of your writing, I love an unpopular post, it means it has teeth!

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    1. Thank you, my always awesome bookworm friend!
      Remainers have been so vile, not all of them obviously, but far too many. And yes, the self-righteousness which somehow leads them to believe they are entitled to behave as fascists while decrying the rise of fascism! You couldn’t make it up.

      And yes, the EU is destined to fail, I truly believe that. The fact it’s becoming more authoritarian by the day proves it knows this. When you start threatening and punishing people because they want to leave, you’re aware you haven’t got a bright future ahead.

      This was always going to be unpopular on here, my opinion posts always are and I lost so many followers over them but…you know, I really don’t give a f**k.

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      1. The whole thing has been a mess but the sooner Britain leaves, the sooner other countries will follow. My favourite comedy moment of the whole process is this ‘people’s vote’ nonsense, because presumably the people voting the first time wasn’t really The People. I’d like to vote for a rescoring of the world cup semi final so we can play France on the final but there you go!

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  10. Me again! 😉

    I read your comments and one in particular got me to thinking…

    “A democracy means freedom and that means the freedom to not cast a vote if you don’t wish to.”

    But does it though? Mean Freedom?? Means you have the freedom not to vote?

    I guess people who have had to live with alternative systems might agree with you that a Democracy has MORE freedoms than they had, but i fancy that in a Democracy as they exist (questionable!) at the moment the tyranny of an ‘Elite’ few over the masses is simply replaced by the Tryanny of the majority over the rest.

    The Greek idea of Democracy was to have ‘all eligible citizens’ vote in the running of the government/City-State. In practice this worked out to between 10-20% of the total population of the state! You had to be male, naturally, and have completed military training – so be over the age of 18. Women, children, foreign residents and slaves had no say or vote. This is what we based our government on?

    Since the word literally means the Power of the People (ALL the people?) my idea of democracy is for all to have an equal say in the running of the system, But in modern countries with multi million populations the mechanics of this pose a serious problem and our ‘solution’ is to have one representative for multi thousands of people – and usually one who represents one of two major political parties and for this person to supposedly pass on the ‘single’ wish of all those he represents in parliament so that their wishes are acted upon! (In practice ‘our’ representative does as power-brokers and lobbyists, in and related to a party, tell him how to vote – if he/she wants to be put up for re-appointment at the next ballot.

    The system is deliberately set up so as to prevent the people from having their say. To start with they force us into divided factions (loosely the Left and the Right of Centre parties) and then have us battle it out against one another to see who gets the most seats.

    Divide and Conquer! (and then do what the elite in the party want to do anyway). That’s no way to run a country! 😉

    Freedom is an illusion, a con, – in our democracies, at least that’s the way i see it.

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  11. Finally read it. 🙂 Pfff! I agree with most of what you say. (And, had I been British I would have voted Remain).
    Two things if I may:
    1) The current world-wide trend of “spitting in the soup” as we Frogs say has to stop. The constant “dénigrement” of one’s culture, nation, traditions, is nothing short of treason. Perpetrated by the loving Left. (There. I’ve said it)
    2) Crossing the Channel, allow me to say that I will never, ever, vote for Marine Le Pen or any of her “facsimilés”. And yet, her voters have been ostracized, insulted, called white trash, etc. And even though I do not share their views at all, I have this nasty feeling: Can nearly half the country (France) be a bunch of racist pigs? Has anyone really wondered, inquired, about their reasons, their motivations? Just as In Brexit, I have never really read anything of the sort. They are dismissed as racist pigs, which some possibly are, but all of them? I doubt it.
    And maybe if someone (powers that be?) took just a minute to try and understand, we (all) wouldn’t be in such a bl..dy mess.
    Happy Dimanche every one.

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    1. I agree with you 100%. I would never vote for Le Pen either but there is a reason why so many people turn her way and just dismissing them all as racists is not going to help anyone, is it? I was so angry after the last presidential elections because someone said over here in England: “Good news on Macron getting elected but let’s not forget Marine Le Pen made it to the second round which means a considerable number of French people are would-be fascists.” This is such a simplistic explanation, and it’s lazy too. Grrr…

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      1. Grrr indeed. Essentialization (or reduction) is soooo easy… It’s a very common Marxist technique to attack the people when they cannot attack the arguments, for lack of counter-arguments. So half of France (and Britain) are fascists? Come on.
        Allez bonne semaine quand même. I’m still waiting to see when Mrs May-be- will have to organize european elections because the House can’t get its sh.t together… Three years to get there? You must be joking!

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    1. Haha! I have so many comments to reply to (including some from you) and I will! But I had to say something right now. It was most probably NOT me as I was not wearing a beanie 😆
      But, here’s a quick look at the day:

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      1. Maybe a little (long, adoring) peek??? 😉

        I have a twit account, but rarely use it these days…. it’s mostly just a source of frustration and vented anger, i find. 🙂

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      2. 😀

        All that frustration and anger… Sump’ns gotta give!!

        Don’t give ’em hell, – just tell the truth and they’ll think it’s hell!
        (Apologies to Harry S!) 😉

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  12. I’ve been watching this nonsense from the southeast US. The UK votes to leave but…doesn’t. Now, there is a ‘soft’ Brexit. I can’t wrap my American head around that one.

    I’m somewhat fascinated (and simultaneously horrified) at how a handful of elites (or Lords, using an archaic term) continue to try to build empires. It’s not a sustainable form of smooth function.

    And, Brussels is no different than D.C. with politicians screwing up everything because they think they are smarter than everyone else.

    Love the Orwell quotes. Very apropos…💕

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    1. Thank you so much for taking the time to read and for adding your thoughts. I’m so pleased that people even from as far as the US are taking notice and realising what the situation is with Brexit, the appalling choices made by the government over here and how authoritarian the EU has become.

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      1. Yeah. Power corrupts and, absolute power corrupts, absolutely.

        Brussels telling other countries what they can & can’t do sounds a lot like…well…Nazis.

        I hope it gets straightened out. I hope UK remains sovereign.

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