By Euro Weekly News Media • 05 August 2011 • 9:50
Alicante's Elda hosital to build a new car park. Image: Generalitat Valencia
THE term democracy has become so abused that it may be time to strike it from the dictionary and start again.
Either that or define its true meaning, agree to it and stick to it. Otherwise democracy is whatever politicians peddle it to be. We had the German Democratic Republic. That bankrupt land was as far removed from the people’s right to vote as it is possible to be.
The same can be said of other countries like the Democratic Republic of Congo. Britain claims democratic credentials but their electoral system means nine million voters get the party that was rejected by nearly 20 million electors who put their cross on alternative candidates. The chutzpah of these sharp suited fraudsters is such that they claim the Spanish, British and American systems have reached such perfection they must inflict them upon lesser systems.
There is democracy in Latvia where on July 24 a referendum was held: 96 percent of voters told their parliament’s 100 members to clear their desks.
The Spanish and British peoples will no doubt wish they had similar opportunity. Democracies are not necessarily democratic and dictatorships are not automatically unrepresentative. Many presidents are influenced by tribal leaders who govern in broad accordance of their people’s wishes. Because their system is different doesn’t make it better or worse. Are elected dictators better than unelected ones?
Nowhere other than in politics does one find greater distortion of descriptions. Many who claim to be socialist are the workers worst nightmare. The conservatives conserve very little of value. The Liberals tend to be opinionated bigots; it is doubtful if members of the Labour Party ever laboured in a productive job in their lives.
If we had true democracy politicians would be selected on merit by their constituents, not by wheeling and dealing constituency party stitch ups. Non-European immigration wouldn’t be strictly controlled. If politicians listened there would be no wars of conquest and colonisation.
Tony Blair was democratically elected by the first past the post system. For good reason this faux-socialist multi-millionaire was known as ‘Five Wars Tony.’ Try to keep up, David Cameron.
Imagine if we had democracy; if we had politicians who listened to people and reflected their views. There would be tighter regulation of the banks. All government departments, especially the office of the Chancellor of the Exchequer, would have their decisions carefully scrutinised by independent specialists.
Better bookkeeping and greater accountability would almost certainly ensure a better performing budget and less debt to the banking houses.
If Britain and other countries were genuinely democratic, politicians would be barred from office for fiscal and sexual corruption, theft, being employed by finance houses, job creation for their own stooges, owning shares in arms related industries and investments. They would not be permitted to exchange political vocation for boardroom positions they had favoured when in office.
Scroungers would be put to work on community projects; likewise over-staffed public service departments. Transfer 70 percent of the pen-pushing bureaucrats to creative pursuits, like building schools and infrastructure. No lay-offs but far better value for public money.
If the people were listened to crime would be reduced tenfold. There should be a revolution of thought, not of the streets, otherwise there will be. Politicians should be individually held to account by referenda every 12 months. If they fail to win the approval of their electorate, or independent president, then there should be a referendum.
In all other occupations performance is monitored and each team player is held to account on a day to day basis; why should politicians be exempt?
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