How long will we tolerate our dictatorship?

In recent days the sum total of hypocritical cant emanating from the insipid EU has reached astonishing levels, with the catalyst being the demonstrations in Egypt.

Is there any entity less qualified than the European Union to make public utterances urging the Mubarak regime:

… to meet the aspirations of the Egyptian people with political reform, not repression

Who on earth are the EU’s leaders to lecture the world on democracy?  Where is the EU’ shame in wheeling out Baroness Catherine Ashton, the grandly titled High Representative of the European Union for foreign affairs and security policy, to make comments such as that below when she herself has never been elected to so much as a parish council in her life?

… democracy is, of course, about votes and elections – but it is also about far more than that. What we in Europe have learned the hard way is that we need “deep democracy”: respect for the rule of law, freedom of speech, an independent judiciary and impartial administration.

So where in the name of all things Holy is it?  Any Egyptian taking succour from the words of this patronage elevated appointee of the political class should stop and consider what the EU’s interpretation of democracy is.  If Egypt follows the EU model its people will find themselves having shed blood to supplant one dictator for another.

For what the people of Europe have is an unelected and unaccountable transnational government – the antithesis of any structure that can be called democratic.  And in the member states the people have elective dictatorships that take their orders from Brussels and pointedly refused to ask for the people’s mandate as an EU constitution was forced through in Lisbon.  Where in Europe has one of the supposedly democratic national governments gone to its people and asked if they wish to continue to be ruled by Brussels?

Catherine Ashton says:

Europe’s experience tells us that true democracy is the necessary foundation of tolerance, peace and prosperity.

Perhaps then the lessons that need to be learned from the Egyptian experience are for those of us living in the EU. If we want to experience geunine tolerance, peace and prosperity then maybe we should be following the example of the Egyptians masses.  They understood what too many Europeans do not, that liberty is not something a ruler can bestow upon you, it is something you have to take for yourself.  Why do we in the UK for example tolerate our Foreign Secretary declaring that ‘We should have faith in the people of Egypt’ when he and his fellow government members deny us the right to determine how we are governed because they have no faith in the people of the United Kingdom?

It makes my skin crawl when I read Ashton proclaiming that the first of many EU missions are already heading to Tunisia.  If the Tunisians, and the Egyptians after them, adopt the corrupted sham that passes for democracy in the EU they will soon see that having a Cameron, a Sarkozy or a Merkel form of administration is no different to being ruled by a Ben Ali or a Mubarak.

All that will change is the veneer, with people being given the illusion of power while possessing none.  If they do not believe that perhaps the experience of Cameron’s Westminster can give them a reality check.  For here on the supposedly democratic Planet Cameron we have a toxic Prime Minister who, among other things, tells MPs in his party who disagree with him:

to say nothing and vote with the government

and offers them positions on committees, but only in return for setting aside their detailed knowledge of the subject in question, remaining completely loyal and supporting the government without question. This is what European people power looks like, as our representatives are browbeaten by the elected dictator – a man who determines the people shall not have a referendum because he does not want one.  Yet Cameron has the brass neck to declare:

As a friend of Egypt, and the Egyptian people, we stand ready to help in any way we can. We believe it must be a government that starts to put in place the building blocks of a truly open, free and democratic society.

Would it have been worth all the suffering and the loss of life in Tunisia and Egypt only to replace the whip that had beat them with a stick instead?  It is not the people of Tunisia and Egypt who need to learn from us.  It is we who need to learn from them.

17 Responses to “How long will we tolerate our dictatorship?”

  1. 1 Grumpy Old Man 13/02/2011 at 9:25 am

    you cannot expect a man who lost a walkover election to be enamoured of the democratic process.

  2. 2 Martin Brumby 13/02/2011 at 9:26 am

    A delicious piece of writing.

    The EU has raised hypocracy to an art form.

  3. 3 John E Payne 13/02/2011 at 11:39 am


    My thoughts entirely and I wish we could do something about dictatorship European.

    However, we have yet to get this view over the ‘don’t care’ attitude of the voting Public. They continue to elect political parties on their mundane promises on Education, NHS, and Law and order. Thus overlooking completely all these are, and will be, decided by a European dictatorship. I certainly do not see the public coming out on the streets Egyptian style. Someone please come up with a plan! Yours frustratingly.

  4. 4 iniref 13/02/2011 at 11:44 am

    This is a moment of great opportunity for supporters of citizen-led democracy. Campaigning must be stepped up in order to mobilise articulate opinion for improvements rather than token gesture changes in our democracy.

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  5. 5 permanentexpat 13/02/2011 at 12:17 pm

    From childhood I remember the expressiom ‘lazy arab’…but when enough is enough they take to the streets, a move we are too lazy to make.

  6. 6 Uncle Badger 13/02/2011 at 12:33 pm

    Another excellent post. AM!

    I had similar thoughts when I read an unelected EU bureaucrat castigating Britain for the ‘un-democratic’ decision of its elected Parliament to deny prisoners the vote.

    Those deceased responsible for having got us into this mess should suffer the fate of Cromwell after the Restoration. Those still alive… no, I’d better not go on, I’d be sure to commit a thought crime.

  7. 7 Anoneumouse 13/02/2011 at 12:35 pm


  8. 8 Neal Asher 13/02/2011 at 12:54 pm

    I’m presuming you meant ‘hypocracy’, Martin? As in the urban dictionary?

  9. 9 microdave 13/02/2011 at 2:14 pm

    Couldn’t agree more, AM. What worries me is that it took some 30 years of dictatorship for the Egyptians to rise up, and that was helped by the actions of nearby Tunisia. Similarly the Iron Curtain took an awful long time to fall. Short of a miracle, I can’t see the sheeple of Europe, and particularly Britain, getting off their fat backsides any time soon..

  10. 10 iniref 13/02/2011 at 2:51 pm

    microdave wrote:
    “I can’t see the sheeple of … Britain, getting off their fat backsides any time soon..

    It depends on YOU. Why not start to act? Here’s a “text” sms or tweet sized message as an example

    Cameron promised “power to the people” and direct democracy-by-people. Demand meaningful change, vote now Pass this on

  11. 11 Johnny Rottenborough 13/02/2011 at 2:57 pm

    Would it have been worth all the suffering and the loss of life in Tunisia and Egypt only to replace the whip that had beat them with a stick instead?

    If the élites have their way, Tunisia, Egypt and the rest of Africa can indeed expect a stick, once the Euro-Africa economic area is established. Under the guise of setting up a free trade area, the élites dismantle accountable government and introduce dictatorship. Europe was conned; will Africa be any different?

  12. 12 Peter Crozier 13/02/2011 at 5:12 pm

    A great thought provoking blog but one which hardly applies to the Egyptian revolution!
    You say”a Cameron, a Sarkozy or a Merkel form of administration is no different to being ruled by a Ben Ali or a Mubarak.” However there is one vital difference – the Governments in the UK, France and Germany can be removed every so often by a vote! That is a measure of what a democracy is at present, although admittedly we have a very long way to go before our form of democracy is satisfactory. The Egyptians on the other hand have years ahead of them before they acieve anything approaching democracy. Strong religious faith and tolerant democracy do not seem to mix easily. Faith does not depend on logical thought.


  13. 13 Martin Brumby 13/02/2011 at 6:17 pm

    Hypocracy? no I meant hypocrisy. Shouldn’t blog when half asleep.

    What I really meant was a bunch of three faced incompetent slimy twats.

  14. 14 Autonomous Mind 13/02/2011 at 7:12 pm

    The problem, Peter, is that when removed they are replaced with their colleagues from the other parties who wil faithfully press ahead with the political class’ objectives in spite of what the voters wanted. Why else do you think there is such a chasm between Cameron’s pre election promises and what is happening now he is PM? As I have said elsewhere on this blog, the Conservatives, Labour and Lib Dems are three cheeks of the same malformed arse.

  15. 15 David Jones 13/02/2011 at 8:29 pm

    The pronouncements on democracy of our “Foreign Secretary” get up my nose. Stupid, shallow little man. Motes, beams and eyes.

  16. 16 valentine 13/02/2011 at 8:48 pm

    Hold the celebration…
    Was it a removal of power or a sweet military coup?
    The military stands as any person with whom who pays him…and not the people…. They helped remove Mubarak but will they help install peoples power and democracy?

    Why the USA/Israel helped install a 500 000 members army in Egypt?

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