AO Silver Member
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Orpington, Kent
We have no elections in my area this year., therefore I shan't have to vote for someone who makes me despair.
My worry is that Sterzo's Theory of the Doomed Nature of Representative Democracy might be coming true. Here's the theory:
1. One person/one vote on every issue cannot work, because we can't be knowledgeable on every issue.
2. Government by elected representatives is therefore necessary.
3. Government by representatives ony works if the populace defers to their judgement.
4. Representative democracy is open to abuse if the reps ignore public opinion or work in their own interests.
5. A check to point 4 is accountability via press reporting, freedom of comment, including satire etc.
6. If press reporting is false, comment dishonest, and satire accepted as the truth, being a representative is a lousy job.
7. The level of disrepect for politicians, civil servants, "experts" and anyone with power or influence is at an all time high.
8. Therefore no-one with sense would choose to be a politician.
9. You'd expect from all this to see a dearth of leadership in parliament.
Has it happened? We had Blair, Brown, Haigh and Ashdown, love 'em or hate 'em, they were leaders. They were succeeded by David Cameron and his echoes, Ed Milliband and Nick Clegg. (All together now: "hard working families..."). They flopped limply out of sight and what have we got? May, Johnson, and Jeremy where-am-I?