Democracy, a precarious defender against national self-destruction

“Britain rejects descent into chaos”, writes Janet Albrechtsen.  Boris now has a solid majority to get out of the EU and Janet’s views would be shared by most of us.

But go easy on the jubilation! Less than 44 per cent of voters opted for the Conservatives and 12 million people voted for Labour and other far left parties. The SNP triumphed in Scotland with a policy hardly distinguishable  from that of Labour.

And, as Janet points out, the well healed seats dominated by university graduates remained with Corbyn, some shifting towards him in spite (or because of) an extreme socialist agenda further polluted by anti-semitism and affection for Islamic extremism.  She writes

“Despite delivering Labour a thumping loss, the question remains: how did so many apparently smart people vote for him at all? The answer, in large part, is that despite the repeated failures of socialism, the ideology has conquered the universities.

“The left’s ideological march through British universities is surely complete when the most well-educated Brits chose Corbyn and Corbynism.”

Moreover, it is not that clear what the UK is escaping to.  In the election, Boris promised more spending, especially on health and his energy policies are no different from those of Brussels.  The dominant ideologies of human induced climate change and the miracle of renewable energy are apparent permanent fixations, evident in the idiocy of politicians -including those of the LNP – about the Australian fire situation and the elevation of Greta to Time Magazine’s Person of the Year.

Britain may have dodged a bullet but democracy remains a fragile bulwark against national self-destruction.

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26 Responses to Democracy, a precarious defender against national self-destruction

  1. anonandon

    Well it could have been worse…

  2. Robbo

    The loonies may not be in charge of the asylum but big mobs of them are at the gates gathering their breath before having another go at breaking in and taking over. This scenario is not limited to the UK or Australia because the USA is under attack from the the moronic left as well.

  3. Crazyoldranga

    You need to get a proof reader, unless you were drunk when you wrote the article.

  4. JohnJJJ

    Why do the mid range rich and powerful vote for socialism? Because they are rich and powerful and the way to consolidate that is to have a leftist government. Socialism does not allow movement in the economy, it freezes the current situation. So they are under no threat from below. The leftist politicians and bureaucrats are easily bought and provide a humanist and sentimental front. The basis of Fabianism. To consolidate the struggle within the rich and powerful, one group will support a communist group, who will eventually win full power.
    It’s the dialectical dance.
    Marx was wrong footed. One step forward two steps back.
    It’s the Trotsky Troika!

  5. struth

    Britain may have dodged a bullet but democracy remains a fragile bulwark against national self-destruction.

    “fragile”?

  6. stackja

    Less than 44 per cent of voters opted for the Conservatives and 12 million people voted for Labour and other far left parties.

    Australia votes differently.

  7. Rusty of Qld

    It wont matter in a couple of generations, the elephant in the room is growing exponentialy every year.

  8. Watch Your Back

    I think you’re being overly pessimistic Alan. Boris didn’t want the election to be about Climate Change, nor did he want to be wedged on accusations of austerity.

    He’s won, and my sense is he’s a pragmatist. The Climate Change nonsense will quietly be dropped.

    I am more concerned about Keynesianism but hope he looks to Trump on taxes and deregulation, and making it attractive for investors.

    Surely it is better to get out of the EU?

  9. Democracy, a precarious defender against national self-destruction

    Well, sometimes. Probably rarely.

  10. yarpos

    I see the leftist wailing, “not my PM”, people talking about leaving the UK has all started. Great, isnt it?

  11. Russell

    At least the UK still has first-past-the-post voting. This preferential stuff is madness. It reduces the responsibility for selecting your vote wisely. Why let people say “if not enough people vote for my candidate, give me another vote for another candidate”. Just a recipe for formation of smaller rubbish parties who never get there on their own and creates the opportunity for “deals” that are so dictatorial. The Brexit Party did a powerful and moral thing by not standing candidates in conservative held seats.

  12. BorisG

    Britain may have dodged a bullet but democracy remains a fragile bulwark against national self-destruction.

    And what is the suggested alternative to dwemocracy?

  13. SORTITION. DEMARCHY. LOCAL PARTICIPATION. ROCK-RIBBED CLASSICAL REPUBLICANISM. SUBSIDIARITY.

  14. BorisG,

    how did so many apparently smart people vote for him at all?

    Many if not the majority of people in the UK and elsewhere are party loyalists and vote for the party that their father as and grandfathers voted for. They may not like Corbyn but he won’t shake their party loyalty.

    I have a friend in England who is not a socialist at all and pretty skeptical of Labour policies but he would never vote the Tories because they are ‘ the nasty party’.

    There are about 20% swing voters who vote on policies, personalities etc, and their vote is decisive.

    That’s why a 60/40 vote is called a landslide. And not just in the UK.

    Democracy is fine.

  15. BorisG,

    Dot can u please translate your gibberish into plane English?

  16. Walter Plinge

    As to the well-healed voting Labor, this seems to be typical:

    Historian Bernd Wegner found in his study of officers that a large majority of the senior officers corps of the Waffen-SS were from an upper-middle-class background and would have been considered for commissioning by traditional standards. Among later Waffen-SS generals, approximately six out of ten had a “university entrance qualification (Abitur), and no less than one-fifth a university degree”.

  17. Dr Faustus

    But go easy on the jubilation! Less than 44 per cent of voters opted for the Conservatives and 12 million people voted for Labour and other far left parties. The SNP triumphed in Scotland with a policy hardly distinguishable from that of Labour.

    FPP voting gets the right result overall, but throws up all sorts of tyranny of the majority issues.
    Examples:

    SNP won 48 seats out of 59 with 3.9% of the National vote and 45% of the total Scottish vote.
    This is now turned into ‘a clear call for Scottish Independence‘.

    Lib/Dems won only 11 seats with 11.5% of the National Vote.
    They are politically irrelevant.

  18. Methinks FPP (no preferences) and non-compulsory voting are a first step to improving things in AU.

    The most powerful argument for both is that the ALP, SFL and the gangreens are against both FPP and non-compulsory voting.

    The senate system needs are complete overhaul.

  19. candy

    Democracy is fine.

    It looked a bit dicey when Labour were concentrating solely on stopping Brexit and intent only on that, and not what they could offer as a governing party.

    Even diehard Labour people could see that was not a party that was ready to govern, if their only policy was blocking Brexit and pretending the referendum had not happened.

    I don’t even think the Tory win was about Brexit as much as Labour looking like very entitled lords and ladies who believed only they knew what was good for the people so shut up you lowly workers, basically.

  20. Entropy

    England would be better off if the Scottish mendicants remaining in Scotland did jump ship for Brussels.

    “Oh, sob! We will really miss you, yes we really will. Oh, and we will no longer fund your lifestyles now you are all grown up. Maybe France will pay for it instead”.

  21. JohnJJJ

    Walter Plinge Among later Waffen-SS generals, approximately six out of ten had a “university entrance qualification (Abitur), and no less than one-fifth a university degree”’

    Similar to ISIS, Al Qaeda and your average jihadi terrorist:
    Bergen and Pandey further observed that 54 percent of the perpetrators either attended university or had obtained a university degreehttps://nationalinterest.org/blog/bruce-hoffman/todays-highly-educated-terrorists-4080

  22. struth

    This is now turned into ‘a clear call for Scottish Independence‘.

    When independence means being part of a socialist super state that you’ve surrendered your sovereignty to, we can safely say, now, it’s no just an accent, the bastards aren’t speaking English at all.
    I knew it.

  23. Watch Your Back

    In the Indyref in 2014, in which I voted for the Union, 2m people voted
    No, with 1.6 million voting Yes (for Independence). In percentage terms this was 55:45.
    On Thursday, 1.2 million Scots voted SNP (45%), and 1.4 million (55%) voted for UK unionist parties. The proportions haven’t changed, so there’s no mandate so far as I can see.

  24. max

    Democracy: Two Wolves and a Sheep Voting on What’s for Dinner

    H.L. Mencken:
    Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance. No one in this world, so far as I know—and I have researched the records for years, and employed agents to help me—has ever lost money by underestimating the intelligence of the great masses of the plain people. Nor has anyone ever lost public office thereby.”

    “Democracy is also a form of worship. It is the worship of jackals by jackasses.”

    “Democracy is the art and science of running the circus from the monkey cage.”

    “Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.”

    “As democracy is perfected, the office of the president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. We move toward a lofty ideal. On some great and glorious day, the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.”

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