An article over at CiF cemented a thought that’s been going through my mind of late. When the Archbishop of Canterbury spoke out the other day about coalition polices, it was the usual socialist guff that makes my skin crawl. That said, I agree with Cameron when he responded with the statement that he has the right to speak out on such matters. And, yes, so he has. That he is prepared to is welcome. That what he says is all too often opaque gobbledygook with a light dressing of socialist dogma is neither here nor there. That said, I am inclined to agree with his scathing view of the Big Society but probably for different reasons.
I do find it amusing that he appears to be more effective as a spokesman for the opposition than the person who currently holds the post. Incidentally, if you read the article, he is equally scathing about the the opposition, so the left don’t get off lightly either.
The crucial phrase, though, the one that caused so much consternation is this:
With remarkable speed, we are being committed to radical, long-term policies for which no one voted.
Well, yes, but tell us something new. Who, precisely, voted for the database state? I don’t recall voting for ID cards, the NHS spine, CCTV cameras spying on our every move; call me forgetful if you must, but when, precisely, did I get the opportunity to vote for a war on terror, incursions in to foreign countries or the various bans and restrictions on our lifestyles along with the hectoring, nagging and funding of the organisations that do it, be it smoking, drinking, fatty foods, salt, sugar or what we see on advertising billboards? It has ever been thus, whoever is in power. Indeed was there not a ruling not so long ago that effectively junked the idea of a party manifesto being a reasonable expectation of actual policy once in power?
Williams is an idealist if he thinks we actually get to vote for matters that affect our lives. We do not. What we get is an opportunity every five years to elect another self-serving muppet who will ride roughshod over our wishes, who will feather his own nest at our expense and, once he has his hands on the levers of power, will do all that is necessary to keep them there. We don’t count. We never have and never will. What we want isn’t a priority – we are merely the cash cow; the means to an end, that being the acquisition and retention of power. Oh, sure, come election time there’ll be some soft soaping to swing public opinion, but anyone who thinks that they will get what they are voting for is likely to get just that – good and hard. Democracy is not a panacea and is not something necessarily to aspire to, despite it being bandied about as much as the term “progressive” these days. It is merely less dreadful than the alternatives. Like Dr Good’s cure-all snake oil it is sold to the saps as the political system we should all have, without ever dwelling on its obvious flaws. Flaws that make the Great Rift Valley look like a hairline crack in the plaster. Since when did the Demos actually get their say? Okay, okay, just don’t mention AV, eh?
But the recent referendum was merely a crust thrown to the dogs to keep their minds off more serious matters – such as, how we are governed and who, precisely is doing it and how accountable they are to their paymasters.
No we didn’t vote for the polices currently being enacted. We never did. Democracy is merely a means by which the current oligarchs grasp power. It’s just another form of tyranny.