Ding Dong! Democracy is dead!

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I’m told over a million people marched through London demonstrating against the Iraq war. The war went ahead. The peoples’ voice was ignored.

In the same way, a song has been chosen by a certain group of people in Britain to express their opinion about the death of a former Prime Minister. What these people want to do is to buy as many copies of this song (but the profits go where?) as it takes to force it into a position on a national music chart. By doing so, the BBC will be obliged to play it. This will be a huge joke on the part of the song buyers and a huge embarrassment on the part of the establishment. The important point to stress here is that the BBC will be forced to play the song.

Except they won’t. This is the lie of democracy. In exactly the same way that the Greek people were denied their right to democracy and vote against austerity measures, the people of Britain are being denied freedom of expression because those in power have arbitrarily decided against it.

Again, the important word here is arbitrarily; just as the rule of law has to be applied across the board for it to work, any set of rules has to be respected by all parties otherwise the game is rigged.

And the game is rigged. Just look at the banking frauds. The law is not being applied evenly, in fact, not at all, in the banking sector. It even allows former banking chiefs to judge themselves and impose their own punishment (if they choose to). But even this is not enough for some bankers, they want to change the law retrospectively so that there is absolutely no chance of them being brought to account.

If the ruling regime can make the rules up as they go along then democracy is a sham and it is impossible for the ruled to ever exert their will.

4 Responses to “Ding Dong! Democracy is dead!”

  1. John Popham says:

    You ask where the profits from the song go. The answer is to Fox Studios, proprietor one Mr. Rupert Murdoch…..

  2. Ivor Tymchak says:

    So, the ‘protest’ simply fuels the power of another tyrant.

  3. June Russell says:

    In fact, least some of the royalties go to the Yip Harburg Foundation http://www.yipharburg.com/

  4. Ivor Tymchak says:

    Thanks for that info, June. It’s always good to know that some good can come out of this debacle.

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