Labour and Lib Dems ask: What do you think this is, a democracy?

It has long been argued that Labour, and to a lesser extent the Lib Dems, have been waging a class war in this country.  The evidence of this is clear.  The political class has declared war on the class most simply defined as ‘everyone else’.

The defiant refusal of Labour and Lib Dems to support a referendum on our continued membership of the European Union, is the most serious and pressing political story of our time.  It has far reaching implications for the democratic process.  Yet the media, for reasons we understand all too well, is ignoring the most obvious questions this issue poses.  Where has a single BBC, Sky or ITV news journalist asked Ed Miliband or Nick Clegg:

‘Why are you refusing to let the British people decide if this country should be part of the EU?’

This position goes beyond arrogance.  It is the continuation of a nothing less than a coup d’etat.  The British people have never been asked for their permission to consign the independence of the United Kingdom to the dustbin.  They have never been asked if they consent to more than 75% of the laws and regulations by which they are bound to be created by alien bodies overseas.  They have never been asked to approve the wholesale export of billions of tax pounds to Brussels to be spent in the way special interests and other nations see fit.  They have never been asked if they want our borders torn down to enable millions of foreign nationals to set up home here and take advantage of benefits and infrastructure to which they have never contributed a penny of funding.

It is this way because the political class does not want to know or hear the answer.  When the wishes of the people are ignored and even suppressed this country cannot be called a democracy.

Even when some tiny vestiges of democracy are permitted by the establishment, such as the requirement put on local authorities to hold a local referendum if they want to increase council tax by more than 2%, the response is a desperate and aggressive campaign by the politicians and bureaucrats to eradicate that need to ask permission to tax people more.  They want our money to fund what is of interest to them, such as first division civil service salaries for senior bureaucrats, index linked pensions far more generous than anything in the private sector, and hugely expensive rafts of sustainability related positions and campaigns to service an repressive and controlling agenda set down by UN bodies and the EU, which have never been put to or approved by the electorate.

This is why we see the Labour, Lib Dem and not a few Tory members of the Local Government Association, a kind of cross-party self interest ‘union’ for councils, demanding the right to extract as much as they like from local taxpayers without the need to get our permission or approval.  They have done this is such a stunningly brazen and transparent manner because the local authorities consider themselves to be above challenge, untouchable by ordinary people.  They believe they should be able to do what they like and feel they can.

Democracy in this country is a myth.  Being allowed – increasingly pressured – to vote every 4-5 years is not democracy.  What marks a democracy is the control the people have over their representatives and public servants between elections.  We have none, because this is not a functioning democracy.  The British people are not permitted to decide how this country is run or by whom.  Every election cycle is characterised by pledges to ‘change’ yet the only changes are the faces of the grubbing parasites that infest our town halls, county council chambers and parliament.  No matter who people vote for the outcome is a continuation of the same agenda handed down from supranational bodies.  The wishes of the people are trampled upon, scoffed at and ultimately ignored by those who like to tell us they know best.

Increasing numbers of people are seeing that voting in elections is meaningless.   They are increasingly rejecting the political process.  Tellingly the political class is becoming nervous about this because they know the lower the percentage gets, the weaker their claims of systemic and personal legitimacy will be.

That is why we see their ideological allies in ‘think tanks’ coming up with ideas such as compelling 18-23 year olds by law to vote in the first general election that takes place after they attain the age of majority, or face a fine.  Other ideas include making voting compulsory for all, or moving voting to the weekend in the hope of increasing turnout.  All these ideas have one objective in mind – preserving the legitimacy of the political class.

Participating in the process gives it legitimacy.  As long as people continue to vote they are validating the political class and enabling it to continue eroding our democracy while continually reducing accountability.  It’s not enough to want to vote the current lot out by voting an identikit lot in.  It plays into the hands of the parasites and maintains the illusion of democracy.

To achieve genuine democracy – and thus take back for ourselves the power to address the vital issues that are before us instead of dancing to the political class’ tune – we need a different approach.  We need to educate and inform people and show them how we can take back power and eject the parasites.  The strategy for doing this is being developed.  More to follow in due course…

7 Responses to “Labour and Lib Dems ask: What do you think this is, a democracy?”


  1. 1 tedtreen 14/05/2013 at 12:39 pm

    “To achieve democracy – and thus take back for ourselves the power to address the vital issues that are before us instead of dancing to the political class’ tune – we need a different approach.”

    We need a different approach indeed – which is why the ruling élite removed our right to possess firearms legally.

    An unarmed population is far easier to control than an armed one.

  2. 2 Autonomous Mind 14/05/2013 at 12:41 pm

    Gene Sharp has shown how we can achieve the same end without resorting to armed conflict. Look him up.

    “As soon as you choose to fight with violence you’re choosing to fight against your opponents best weapons and you have to be smarter than that.”

    – Gene Sharp

  3. 3 Andy Baxter 14/05/2013 at 1:33 pm

    Gene Sharp:

    Violence is not the way: although I agree with your sentiment of an armed population having ‘liberty’ from oppressive government in the truest sense of the word.

    “only free men own guns” as the saying goes.

    No. Violence is counter productive and frankly belongs to the 18th and 19th century revolutions (French, Mexican etc)

    In todays world the ultimate weapon we people own, one which has both real physical and moral power is CONSENT. to governed by consent to be policed by consent under The Rule of Law

    As AM points out above OUR consent is something the political class crave, demand and will use coercion and force (legislation) to entrench (a paradox I know) but the veneer of such tacit or acquiescent consent is important to them.

    Publius (or Gaius) Cornelius Tacitus (AD 56 – 117) once said “The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws.”

    Witness the political classes (EU and Westminster) profligate reams of just such all designed to corral, bully control and oppress.

    What is needed is massive public withdrawal of consent to be governed as we are and that will only be acheived with a grassroots movement educated, informed, trained and skilled in the ways of grinding the system to a halt with passive civil non consensual disobedience.

    Its the ultimate end game and the political class FEAR just such a situation more than any other. for if they oppress then they lose the moral high ground and legitimacy, if the accept then they are shown to be craven and weak within their inner circle

  4. 4 tedtreen 14/05/2013 at 4:08 pm

    Whilst I applaud the foregoing sentiments, I cannot but feel that advising the current élite that they no longer have our consent to govern would, since they have the entire apparatus (and apparatchiks) of the state behind them, be somewhat less effective than a 9mm Parabellum reminder.

    Just one or two, in the manner of Admiral Byng, “pour encourager les autres”…

  5. 5 Sam Duncan 14/05/2013 at 5:20 pm

    “Being allowed – increasingly pressured – to vote every 4-5 years is not democracy.”

    Exactly. There are two points here: that voting isn’t democracy in the first place, merely a closer approximation to it than dictatorship or absolute monarchy, and also that since the state is now so big and powerful it’s impossible to choose a candidate with which you agree on everything, or even a majority of issues. The European problem illustrates this very well: the only parties offering any kind of referendum are UKIP and the Tories. What if you want one, but disagree with them on everything else (which is quite possible)? What do you do?

    Stand yourself, is the usual glib answer from statists. Well, you’ll need a deposit. And a wedge of signatures. And you’ll have to give up your free time – not to mention money – for canvassing. And you’ll probably lose, because even if a large number of people agree with you, they aren’t about to vote for an independent. But assuming you do win, you’ll have to give up your job as well, because the political class have turned “being an MP” into a full-time profession.

    So sure, that’s an option. In cloud-cuckoo land.

    It’s a long time since I started mentally substituting “electoral oligarchy” (look it up: it doesn’t mean “Russian tycoon”) wherever I read “democracy”.

  6. 6 Furor Teutonicus 15/05/2013 at 8:16 am

    I wonder why none of them have asked for a “Mimimum turn out” rule?

    I.E, less than x% of potential voters vote, and the election is declared Null and void.

  7. 7 The Man With Many Chins 15/05/2013 at 11:57 am

    Pure gold AM, pure gold :-)


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