Social media, smartphones and the resulting digital cacophony have pretty much seen off the possibility of “silent” anything.
It Britain leaves the EU without a deal we will hear the screams for years.
The UK decided in June 2016 to follow the path to departure from the European Union; that the voters were lied to and electoral law was broken in the preceding campaign; and that, after nearly three years, the path has led Britain to the edge of a cliff.
With their parliamentary system now becoming so fixated by what they see as her historic duty to deliver Brexit no matter what the cost no one on either side is capable of seeing that they are not serving democracy but upholding the falsehoods of a Referendum which in its self was not legally binding.
Noise is not the same as democracy and there is no distinct parliamentary solution to this conundrum.
To shrug off the chains of tribalism is impossible because of first-past-the-post elections – which do not truly represent the voting citizens.
That a government has to face elections every five years and could be turned out is important but is it enough.
The last two elections make plain that British politics is no longer dominated by just two parties. More proportionate distribution of parliamentary seats would inevitably mean coalition government.
The electoral system is often seen as unfair, making votes effectively unequal • The monarchy and House of Lords are unelected • Government is not bound by a superior, entrenched constitution • Citizens don’t take a full part in the democratic process (voter apathy) • Referenda is used infrequently in the UK • Representative process is flawed in key respects (‘Elected dictatorship’) • House of Commons doesn’t reflect social composition of the UK • Party system offers voters a limited choice (two-party system)
Imagine a country where fundamental rights and liberties were enshrined in law and could not be ignored by a government.
Oh, wait, sorry that’s not Britain, that’s how the European Union works.
This idea that the EU is undemocratic and/or unelected has to stop.
Laws are approved, amended or rejected by the directly elected MEP’s using proportional representation in the EU Parliament and elected government Ministers in the EU Council from the 28 member states.
The Commission President is now elected in the similar method of the UK Prime Minister, he or she campaigns during the European election and is the leader of the largest party after the Parliamentary election. The other 27 Commissioners are appointed by the 27 elected governments and the entire Commission is approved or rejected by the directly elected Parliament.
EU treaties are ratified only with the consent of every 28 national parliaments and government approval.
European protesters, for example, have exercised their democratic right to put pressure on elected officials, as is the case with TTIP and the French government is threatening to veto the agreement in the EU Council. That is a representative of just 12% of the EU population able to defy the will of the other representatives of 82%. That would be like the London Assembly led by the Mayor of London, representing roughly 12% of the UK population having a veto on UK trade deals. Unimaginable (and impossible) in a British context.
Evidence suggesting proportionally citizens can influence the decision of the EU better than in the UK.
We need to educate all European (especially British) people on how their vote in the European election can kick out the EPP led Parliament and Commission. That they by voting in left or centre governments in their national elections can kick out the EPP led EU Council.
It’s time our education system, national politicians and media gave the knowledge to the citizens on how to use them.
The EU is unelected/democratic is a myth, it’s the UK that has the problems.
There is no direction to history, no implacable force of providence driving England towards an act of irrevocable, collective self-harm.
However with no entrenched Bill or Rights Referendum and General Elections simply do not offer the choice that the nation needs.
Elections are about consent but also about enabling citizens the opportunity to express their political convictions.
A great deal of uncontrolled (prerogative) power lies in the hands of the prime minister, who is not directly elected • There are few controls on the Prime Minister’s extensive powers of patronage • Pressure groups can also reflect the interests of privileged groups rather than the public at large.
Indeed the present Conservite elections of a new leader without a mandate from the people to be Prime Minister shins a light on just how out of date English Politics is.
All human comments appreciated. All like clicks and abuse chucked in the bin.