EXTINCTION OF DEMOCRACY?…

Extinction Of Democracy?...
Extinction Of Democracy?...

EXTINCTION OF DEMOCRACY?

It's interesting to witness the rise of Extinction Rebellion, a very large climate change protest organisation that has decided to operate outside of democratic politics and take direct action in the hope of forcing politicians who have been elected, to take all the necessary actions to protect the planet.

I can understand why many people are completely disenchanted with the particular form of democracy that prevails in this country. You only have to look at the way politics operates to understand that any political party other than the two big beasts, Labour or Conservative, get much of a look in.

Both the Green Party and "Greener than most" Liberal Democrats get squeezed out, especially in General Elections. Although they get millions of votes, the support is not concentrated enough in any one area so that all these people find they have no political representation in government.

So one outcome of this profound disenchantment of our political system, is that people decide not to engage with it at all. Millions of people don't vote, considering it a waste of time. Others, like Extinction Rebellion, have decided that disrupting things as a form of protest, is the only way they can get their point across.

I suspect there many people who agree with the aims of Extinction Rebellion, but not with some of the methods employed. There is no straightforward answer. When most of the popular press don't report your organised protests, it is likely they will do so when you disrupt the press itself? They may have scored a short term hit when people like myself went without a newspaper last weekend… but what of the longer term?

My own very strong view is that you have to fix democratic politics, to ensure that everybody's vote counts equally, no matter where you live. That way, the whole spectrum of political opinion will be represented in Government, making it a legitimate body that all of us can respect.

As always, interested in your views readers…..


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