Most of those who know me well know that I am no fan of democracy – quite the opposite. Democracy is about herding enough idiots into a polling booth to give you what you want. Those who rule us think this and practise this. The only good thing about democracy is that every so often it gives the sheeple an opportunity to bite back. Thursday’s BREXIT victory was a stunning example of this.
Those who trumpet for democracy the loudest are very often those who seek to thwart it the minute the democratic process does not deliver their desired outcome. Already the losers of the EU Referendum are looking for ways to discard the democratic result won by the LEAVE campaign. It appears that for many democracy is a convenient means but not a binding principle.
Nicola Sturgeon is clearly one for whom democracy is something to be lifted and laid. Remember that democracy is the will of the people and that our political leaders are supposed to be devoted to it. Sturgeon’s threat to call for another Scottish Indepence Referendum is more about petty spite than love of democracy. A democratic process was followed in 2014 and a clear NO to independence was recorded. How a REMAIN majority in Scotland in the EU Referendum transmutes into a desperate desire for indy in the dark corners of our First Minister’s mind is indeed a great mystery. But only if you think Ms Sturgeon is a democrat.
Perhaps Ms Sturgeon should be asked why – if she wants Scotland out of the UK – she did not seek for Scots voters to be recused from the BREXIT Referendum. This would surely have been “democratically acceptable.” It appears that our First Minister only wants the voice of Scotland’s voters to be heard in a British context when that voice suits her agenda of Scotland out of the UK. In other words, use the apparatus of the state you loathe to undermine that state and extricate yourself from it, rather than honestly distancing yourself from the state. It all seems a bit dishonest and the exact opposite of the so-called spirit of democracy.
The First Minister also has to be challenged in respect of the 36% of SNP voters who apparently voted for BREXIT. Will she be championing their cause, it has to be asked? In the interests of democracy, of course.
The truth is that – democratically speaking – Sturgeon has neither majority nor mandate to force a second indyref on the people of Scotland, as expressed in a very powerful way here by Jim Sillars. His use of the term “Project Deception” is commentary enough on the First Minister’s democratic credentials.
Another epic fail when it comes to democracy is the outgoing Prime Minister, David Cameron. His pouted lip withdrawal from the fray is because he lost a referendum – one he himself brought to the people. Yes, he was probably going to be dead man walking given he campaigned vigorously for the losing side. However, you would have liked him to be more of a man about it rather than wimping out mumbling about captains on ships. He and his wife crying as they walked back into Number 10 might have had some feeling sorry for them but it was utter pukesville. A small price to pay for being so out of touch with the common people, Dave.
Democracy can be a cruel mistress, particularly when you only use her to get what you want. And it is a rough old game.
The problem is, there are no real democrats. The truth is, none of us want to be on the losing side. Democracy is a construct we have invented to make losing more palatable. And fairness has nothing to do with it, either. That is the big lie we tell ourselves.
The reality is that we have democracy so we won’t have civil wars. It is a game we play with ourselves.
You would just like our political leaders to be better at it.