Thursday, 29 August 2019

Democracy didn't die in the UK yesterday it was never alive .

“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.”
― Terry Pratchett, Mort

 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.

Consider this..

  • 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.  
The report by the social mobility think-tank found 29 per cent of MPs in 2017’s Parliament were privately educated, while 18 per cent attended grammar schools.

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. 

The data found 86 per cent of MPs to be university graduates, with 23 per cent attending Oxford or Cambridge. 

  • 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 totalOf total
Conservative PartyDavid Cameron33050.8%
330 / 650
Labour PartyEd Miliband23235.7%
232 / 650
Scottish National PartyNicola Sturgeon568.6%
56 / 650
Liberal DemocratsNick Clegg81.2%
8 / 650
Democratic Unionist PartyPeter Robinson81.2%
8 / 650
Sinn FéinGerry Adams40.6%
4 / 650
Plaid CymruLeanne Wood30.5%
3 / 650

  • The First Past the Post System can as in the 1992 election,
  • see four parties were separated by only 3.41%, 

General election 1992: Inverness, Nairn and Lochaber[5][6]
Liberal DemocratRussell Johnston13,25826.0−10.8
LabourDavid Stewart12,80025.1−0.2
SNPFergus Ewing12,56224.7+9.9
ConservativeJohn Scott11,51722.6−0.4
Scottish GreenJohn Martin7661.5N/A
Liberal Democrat holdSwing−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.
Various newspapers, organisations and individuals endorsed parties for the 2015 election, nearly al for the Tories or Non-Labour

NewspaperMain endorsementSecondary endorsement(s)NotesLink
Daily ExpressUK Independence PartyConservative PartyEndorsed the UK Independence Party.[1]
Daily MailConservative PartyUK Independence PartySupported a Conservative government. Encouraged anti-Labour tactical voting.[2][3]
Liberal Democrats
Daily MirrorLabour PartyLiberal DemocratsEndorsed a Labour government. Supported tactically voting LibDem against the Conservatives in marginal seats.[4][5]
Daily TelegraphConservative PartyNone[6]
Financial TimesConservative PartyLiberal DemocratsEndorsed a Conservative-led coalition.[7]
The GuardianLabour PartyGreen Parties in the United KingdomEndorsed the Labour Party. Also supported Green and Liberal Democrat candidates where they were the main opposition to the Conservatives.[8]
Liberal Democrats
The IndependentLiberal DemocratsConservative PartyEndorsed a second term of the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition.[9][10]
The SunConservative PartyLiberal DemocratsSupported voting for the Liberal Democrats in 14 Labour/LibDem marginals.[11][12]
The TimesConservative PartyLiberal DemocratsEndorsed 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

Daily Mail () Newspaper Front Page for 27 July 2013

Democracy didn't die in the UK yesterday it was never alive .

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