David Cameron has dignified a foul-mouthed and abusive outburst by Russell Brand with a typically juvenile response, reported as a story by the Guardian. No surprise there.
The real story however concerns the substantive issue Brand raised recently, concerning disengagement from the political system by increasing numbers of eligible voters. While some of the disengaged understand clearly what the problems are, others are disengaged only because they have a sense that things are not right, that politicians and parties are to blame and that as nothing changes there is no point in voting.
The reason why nothing changes, as we have explained in the two posts on Hard Truths here and here, is because our politicians have given away the power to govern this country to the EU. They could not change things even if they wanted to, unless they first made the UK independent again. Politicians have continued with the transfer of power despite knowing for decades that the EU undermines and erodes sovereignty and democracy by design. Democracy can lead to outcomes that don’t suit the political class, so they simply use power to prevent the wishes of the people being followed. It is this that is fuelling disengagement and anti-political sentiment.
So while it is self evident that you cannot believe in democracy and support the EU or membership of it, we find Cameron making a comment of profound and deluded idiocy – or cynical deception – in response to Brand’s call for ‘revolution’:
I’m a democrat. If Russell Brand’s got a better idea, he can let us know.
I have a better idea, Dave, and I’ll tell you right now what it is, let’s have democracy! Not the sham that describes dictatorship by an elite as ‘democracy’, but the real thing that reflects the meaning on the word, demos kratos – ‘people rule’.
Whatever Cameron is, he isn’t a democrat. Cameron wants to continue with the fraudulent notion of democracy that merely collapses ‘democracy’ into periodic voting, while isolating the political process from any form of control by the people.
Brand’s desire is for revolution. We do need a revolution, but not of the kind Brand has in mind. We need a peaceful withdrawal of consent to bring about a change of the system. Resorting to violence plays into the system’s hands, because they can put down violence with far greater and better equipped violence. Brand doesn’t seem to get that. No, we need a revolution that leaves the state’s hands tied by making their systems unworkable and their rules unenforceable.
It can be done. But it needs to be done in a way that keeps structures and rules intact, only under the control of the people, in order to avert anarchy. The Harrogate Agenda has a strategy that can achieve that . A post on that later this weekend.