“Ankh-Morpork had dallied with many forms of government and had ended up with that form of democracy known as One Man, One Vote. The Patrician was the Man; he had the Vote.”―
Those who claim that yesterdays events saw the death of democracy in the UK are wrong , we do not live in a democracy but in a state which pretends to enfranchise the people , whilst making sure that it is either ignored or prevented from knowing the truth.
- We have a hereditary head of state, a monarch who by right of birth who is supposed to be a constitutional monarch, but as was proved yesterday can actually stop our parliament from sitting. It seems any Head of state who faced election may think twice about that , but should they have such powers anyway?
- We have an unelected chambre which consists of peers (some of who are hereditary), who are there for life what other Western Democracy would even consider such a thing.
- Two of the last three Prime Ministers went to Eton an exclusive public school and MPs educated at comprehensive schools now make up 51 per cent of the Commons - the highest number since Sutton Trust began recording figures.
While the figures reveal undeniable progress in equal opportunities, the report also found one in ten MPs had attended Eton, one of the UK’s most exclusive public schools.
Conservative MPs were disproportionately privately educated, with 45 per cent attending private schools, compared to 14 per cent of their Labour counterparts.
- We have an electoral system of First Past the Post , which is a winner take all system which allows one party , with less than 40% of the vote to have a majority and despite over 60% not voting for them could be in power for five years. It is even more stark that if those who did not vote are taken into account then you could claim a mandate with les than 30% of those eligible to vote supporting it.
Take the the 2015 election
|Of total||Of total|
|Conservative Party||David Cameron||330||50.8%|
330 / 650
|Labour Party||Ed Miliband||232||35.7%|
232 / 650
|Scottish National Party||Nicola Sturgeon||56||8.6%|
56 / 650
|Liberal Democrats||Nick Clegg||8||1.2%|
8 / 650
|Democratic Unionist Party||Peter Robinson||8||1.2%|
8 / 650
|Sinn Féin||Gerry Adams||4||0.6%|
4 / 650
|Plaid Cymru||Leanne Wood||3||0.5%|
3 / 650
- The First Past the Post System can as in the 1992 election,
- see four parties were separated by only 3.41%,
|Liberal Democrat||Russell Johnston||13,258||26.0||−10.8|
|Scottish Green||John Martin||766||1.5||N/A|
|Liberal Democrat hold||Swing||−5.3|
It also means for those living in parts of the country where one party is dominant then if they do not support that party it actually means that voting in a General Election means nothing.
Even in marginal seats you may be forced to abandon your prefered party for another . Under proportional representation you can at least o some degree se your vote count even if it is your second choice.
- We have a completely biased media , which almost solely supports the right.
|Newspaper||Main endorsement||Secondary endorsement(s)||Notes||Link|
|Daily Express||UK Independence Party||Conservative Party||Endorsed the UK Independence Party.|||
|Daily Mail||Conservative Party||UK Independence Party||Supported a Conservative government. Encouraged anti-Labour tactical voting.|||
|Daily Mirror||Labour Party||Liberal Democrats||Endorsed a Labour government. Supported tactically voting LibDem against the Conservatives in marginal seats.|||
|Daily Telegraph||Conservative Party||None|||
|Financial Times||Conservative Party||Liberal Democrats||Endorsed a Conservative-led coalition.|||
|The Guardian||Labour Party||Green Parties in the United Kingdom||Endorsed the Labour Party. Also supported Green and Liberal Democrat candidates where they were the main opposition to the Conservatives.|||
|The Independent||Liberal Democrats||Conservative Party||Endorsed a second term of the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition.|||
|The Sun||Conservative Party||Liberal Democrats||Supported voting for the Liberal Democrats in 14 Labour/LibDem marginals.|||
|The Times||Conservative Party||Liberal Democrats||Endorsed a second term of Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition.|
Who can forget this the day after the 1992 election.
However it is the daily right wing rhetoric from the media which endorses xenophobia, racists and simply lie without impunity
Democracy didn't die in the UK yesterday it was never alive .