LETTER: Democracy past its sell-by date?

Whether or not you agreed with the result, the rhetoric used in the run-up to the referendum has permanently damaged the ‘Mother of Parliaments’ and questions our whole system of government. Let me be clear – both of our referendums were public consultations just like elections and who believes what they hear at voting time?

Sadly, our interference abroad masquerading as democracy has destroyed its credibility and whilst we may not agree with other political systems, imposing our will and changing centuries of familiar system has not helped those people and just ends in tears and further de-stablisation of a fragile world. But again there’s not much point in allowing people to vote if the result is opposed and we go round and round until ‘we get it right’. Do not laugh, dear reader, this approach is coming to a place near you soon and the decision makers and committees for anything must beware of the elephant in the room that questions any type of result for anything trumpeting ‘undemocratic!’.

As an 18th century politician drily remarked ‘ One should not give the people choice as they do not know what it is or what to do with it. Better that they go from day to day as usual as this is certain.’

So democracy or autocracy ... which is best?

Let’s have a referendum!

Rod Colley

Corsica Hall

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