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The Future of Democratic Action -
Peter Kellow writes
Democracy in Britain is broke. And the same condition exists pretty well everywhere in the western world. The so called parliamentary democracies, that great pride of western civilisation, no longer deliver for the people they are supposed to serve.
We are now ruled by extra-democratic organizations, usually supranational, that have no mandate from the people that act as laws unto themselves serving only their own agendas and their own interests
I speak certainly of the banks and the stateless superrich whose interests straddle the globe and who recognize the sovereignty of no government, no electorate and no tax regime.
But also in our times the European Union is increasingly usurping power from democratic institutions. We have Prime Minister David Cameron to thank for Britain not being part of the new improvised European Pact that will reduce the nations who sign up to it to little more than instruments of the Brussels bureaucracy in the service of the German super-economy. Cameron used his “veto” against the pact for the wrong reason (protecting the interests of his friends in the City) but we can still be grateful that we are out of it.
The French are not so lucky and they are getting increasingly angry at seeing the way the power is drifting away from the people. They are now to be ruled by Brussels, Germany and the global banks and multinationals. With the mainstream political classes in the pocket of Brussels and the banks, their voting choice is becoming a tweedledum/tweedledee affair.
Now in the midst of the 2012 election campaign for the President, the people are beginning to decisively register their dissatisfaction. They are turning in increasing numbers to the only candidate that tells the truth about much of what is happening. This is Jean-Luc Mélenchon, the candidate for the Front de Gauche.
This Front came out the French Communist Party, which has always been a significant force in France, and so some of the programme includes left-leaning policies that not everyone would favour. But as an outsider, Mélenchon is able to speak sincerely and knowledgably about the betrayal of democracy in France and betrayal of the economic futures of the French people which, as
in Britain, are being sacrificed at the altar of supranational nomenclatures and the global financial elite.
I have dual British/French nationality and my adopted home city is Toulouse in the south of France * and so, I am glad to say, I already live in a republic where the head of state is chosen democratically and not by dynastic bloodline as in the Kingdom.
On Thursday of this week, Mélenchon spoke in the main square in front of the Town Hall. I and my wife attended and were amazed by the passion and atmosphere. 70,000 people attended. The main square and all the surrounded streets were so overwhelmed that a further giant screen had to be set up in a neighbouring public square. The well ordered crowd stood tightly shoulder to shoulder
Toulouse and its agglomeration have about 450,000 people so, of those, 15% attended this event in person. And that, in the face of a public transport strike.
Meetings of this type in public places and streets may well have to become the future for democracy in the west as the parliamentary option is increasingly denied. Watch the short hand held video I made to start to feel what being in a committed crowd of 70,000 might feel like.
The DRP may not be able to match that number yet but we can learn some lessons from Mr. Mélenchon about to organise ourselves and get our message out.
Democracy is being more and more excluded from the regular decision making institutions.
When that happens the streets are where democracy has to be kept alive.
That is the democratic right of last resort that they can never touch.
Vive la republique!
Long live the Democratic Republic!
*Incidentally, although Toulouse might look quite a long way down on the map, it is now as easy for me to get to most cities in the Kingdom now as it was when I lived in Plymouth. Toulouse has the third airport in France. So thanks to good connections and the internet it is as easy for me to fulfill the role of leader of the DRP in Toulouse as in Plymouth.
The charismatic, hard-left firebrand hailed as the best orator of the presidential campaign. "The French Revolution of 1789 hasn't breathed its last!" roared Jean-Luc Melenchon
Read the story in the Guardian
“The Best Three Days of My Life”
Comment from Member Richard Middleton
I quite agree, Peter. The commission of inquiry has really wasted the chance it was given to find the real causes of the riots and prevent a repeat performance. Perhaps, though, the \"Con-Dem-olition\" [a term I heard on the radio, last week, and rather liked] was never serious about uncovering underlying reasons or engaging in social reform.
The plan seems to have been that \"riot commission\" members should
- be chosen on the basis that they didn\'t really know what they were doing;
- say whatever the string-pulling power elites want;
- discuss the problem in a cursory fashion;
- grab hold of the first theory to come into their heads; and then
- suggest pointless, irrelevant, unworkable or even harmful remedies.
Exactly how many GPs were appointed to this body? If the young oiks were not to blame, then it must have been all the Guardian-reading Trotskyists in the teaching profession. Do you know how many weeks holiday they get, every year? I\'m so sorry. Rabid Thatcherite hypocrisy and prejudice are highly contagious. Luckily, I have a copy of the New Statesman handy. I\'ll sellotape it to my left arm. It works a bit like a nicotene patch for people, who are addicted to fascism.
The point you made about the subjective nature of any system of \"character assessment\" was particularly powerful. On the one hand, hippy headteachers would be saying \"He\'s fine. He\'s fine. Hey, don\'t worry. It\'s just a Molotov-cocktail phase that he\'s going through. It\'s perrrrrfectly nooooormal. He\'ll grow out of it.\". On the other, the fanatical evangelical Christians and retired army officers whom members of the most deranged British Government in history want to parachute into leadership roles in schools, would be saying, \"Now, look here. This ghastly young fellow is trouble with a capital \'T\'. Probably a commie or an East-End gangster in the making.
Only last week, I saw him in the corridor with his top button undone AND he wasn\'t wearing his blazer! What does that tell you? He gave me some rubbish about it being over thirty degrees Celsius. I told him that we can\'t just go stripping off in public, whenever we feel like it. I mean, if I had started stripping off in Iraq, I might not have gone completely bonkers in the heat and then I might not have become a staunch supporter of the Conservative Party or been offered a job as a headmaster.\" In a letter to the Daily Telegraph, which was published yesterday [Saturday 31 March 2012], a reader asked how anyone would be able to distinguish April-Fool stories in Sunday\'s papers from the Government\'s farcical policies and advice on matters, such as sausage rolls, the \"Granny Tax\" and petrol supplies.
Contrary to previous reports, the UK is not being run by Second Formers from the Remove. They are merely acting as the messenger corps. It is now clear that Major James Anderson (Rtd**), Reggie Perrin\'s brother-in-law, is actually in charge. This gives me another chance to refer people to a wonderful clip from one of the funniest TV series ever made.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8nxo0fS2VMM ** Not sure whether that was \"Retired\" or \"Retarded\". Sorry, bit of a cock-up on the abbreviations front.
Issue No 96 Sunday 25 March 2012
A Pathetic Defence of the Monarchy
Comment from Member Richard O'Connor
I watched Question time that late evening, and I was disappointed at the stupid responses for keeping a monarch.
Not one of the panelists cared about accountability or democracy. No hint of a constitution to be protected from the Members of parliament of the day. Just propaganda...
There was no passion to have republican principles, with the exception of the panelist who was an author, good on her!
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