Sunday, 28 March 2010

The night the clocks went forward

We are in this country allowed a measure of democracy, but only when the people as a whole agree with the government. In all areas of life where the people cannot be relied upon to agree with the government, no democracy is permitted. So we get the occasional vote, (one day every 1826 days) but they always write the ballot.

When talking of the government, we are referred to that body of men and women with grandiose titles such as 'Secretary of State' or 'Minister' and appear at the dispatch box and wool sack in Parliament, or elsewhere (in tv world) glad-handing around the globe. But what do these people govern and what other power is governed elsewhere and by whom?

These bodies will change, but the government continues always. It is Her Majesty's after all. She doesn't step down even for a second, and if she did she'd be replaced before the clock ticked once. The king - or queen - never dies.

The wielding of power is a mysterious business in this complicated country of ours. What strange meeting chambers may there be in the heart of the City of London? Who knows where the subterranean passages of Westminster lead and follow and whose feet are heard to echo down there?

If we are allowed an election, it follows that the result is of no great consequence. It would not be wise to permit such power to the people if it wasn't well constrained from ever harming the guardians of the shadows.


Leg-iron said...

'It doesn't matter who you vote for. The government always gets in'

Can't remember who said it, but it's never been more true.

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