They just don’t get it

The anti-democrats

The reaction within the establishment to David Cameron’s speech pledging an in-out referendum on the EU, if he manages to remain Prime Minister after the next general election, shows how detached and contemptuous its members are.

First up we had Ed Miliband, puffing his chest out like a gooney bird in the House of Commons, declaring ‘his’ party would not allow the people to choose the way this country is governed.

It seems the socialist dogma of common ownership is limited to taking money from those who have it, to lavish in return for votes on those who want it, but don’t go out and earn it.  For Comrade Ed and his fellow travellers when it comes to common ownership of this country, only the self selecting elitists who have served their time in party youth organisations, think tanks and policy units, get to decide.

Then we had Nick Clegg chipping in with the same utterly discredited arguments he used in favour of the lunacy of the UK ditching sterling and adopting the Euro, namely that this issue will cause uncertainty for business and the economy and jobs and investment will be at risk.

Then with every man and his dog across the continent chipping in their tuppence worth, the august pages of the Barclay Brother Beano provided a platform for Fraser Nelson to opine that while David Cameron puts his faith in the people, Ed Miliband clings rigidly to belief in the state.  Fraser Nelson’s take on this issue reveals his paternalist Tory streak:

All of a sudden, “this Cameron” finds himself armed with a very powerful question to ask his opponents at election time: “We trust the people. Why don’t you?”

Trust the people? Trust them to do what? Why, to do what Cameron wants them to do of course!  It speaks volumes of the establishment that this issue is presented in terms of ‘trust’.

Democratically-minded people would not be talking about trusting the people any more than they would be declaring they would not be holding a referendum.  True democrats would be talking about letting the people decide and seeking the people’s consent. They would be talking about representing the wishes of the people.  But that doesn’t occur to the likes of Cameron, Clegg, Miliband or hacks like Nelson. These are people who belive they have a divine right to impose their wishes and dictate what will be to everyone else, and those who are their cheerleaders.  When it comes to democracy they just don’t get it.

That is why we need to be sceptical and suspicious of the motives of all members of this insular, self serving crowd.  They are not trying to serve interests, only their own.

5 Responses to “They just don’t get it”

  1. 1 John Payne 25/01/2013 at 11:02 am

    While we wait for Cameron promises, Miliband and Clegg to decide whether they will join kicking the can down the road, we should be aware that an attempt to brainwash the British public with the usual scare tactics:

    From the EU more regulation to tighten the knot they already have on us.

    From the main three political party elites more propaganda to persuade don’t know voters.

    From the financial elite a possible run on the pound to soften up the British public.

    What should the rest of us aim for?

    Rather than making long lists of unknown repatriation demands let us bring to the front just a few of the most important areas the British public wish to have repatriated, and will surely be rejected by the EU. I have two for starters.

    1 Repatriate our fishing waters.
    2. Stop the free movement of Europeans immediately unless they can prove they are able to conform to our worldwide immigration rules.

    If EU we have a negative response on these red line issues there will be no point in playing Dave’s game to wait four years, and therefore expose his delaying tactics.

    A Nationwide poll to establish the three most important areas the British people will want repatriated BEFORE the Conservatives produce a list.

  2. 2 prometheus1938 25/01/2013 at 11:42 am

    Well Said, can see we will get on well together.

  3. 3 Clive 25/01/2013 at 12:04 pm

    Fully support everything you say. I read your posts daily partly to keep me sane. The real problem though is getting the millions of sheep out there to wake up. I do try to spread the truth in my own way, but I find the level of apathy quite depressing, hopefully with the efforts of people like you Richard North and ‘Witterings’ it wont be forever. Good Luck.

  4. 4 James Murphy 25/01/2013 at 2:27 pm

    Possibly the congenital (and woeful) deference of the British political mindset, which expresses itself in more-or-less unthinking allegiance to established politicians, has its roots in monarchism? Let’s not forget, we are not a republican democracy. To a certain extent we still repose faith in ‘kings and Queens’, which both underlines our deference and undermines our intellectual independence.
    Real Republicanism is a psychological statement as well as a political one: it declares roundly, openly and publicly that we, the people have no masters (except God, or whichever religious principle we worship). Conversely, monarchism constitutes a basic doubt in the political mind of man, to wit: whatever I think or feel to be the truth, I still set such knowledge or convictions below my allegiance to the King or Queen. Thus a social hierarchy and sense of inferiority is instilled (- regardless of whether the monarchy is constitutional or not). A sense that there is someone above me who knows what’s best for me. The paternalism you were talking about, AM.
    That said, I am not necessarily anti-monarchist myself – I think its symbolic power can serve as a great antidote in this vulgar, demotic age; but I do think we need to realise there is a downside to a class-based system of values (which is was what Monarchism is, whether you like it or not) in that it enshrines an abdication of responsibility on the part of the individual to work out his or her own political salvation, so to speak… – Your thoughts, AM?

  5. 5 thespecialone 25/01/2013 at 8:15 pm

    Clive – I am in the same position as you. People at work have told me they thought Cameron’s con…errr sorry speech was very good! I try my hardest to educate them, I really do but it will be a long slog. It will take more than just me to teach them the truth. They think the truth is what Pravda (BBC) says.

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