Democracy stops once in power

I find it interesting that a number of readers’ letters and local Councillors keep misapplying the word Democracy. The term originates from the Greek dēmokratía “rule of the people”.

Democracy allows those eligible citizens to vote for the individuals whom they wish to be their elected representatives. Once MPs or Councillors are elected that is where Democracy ceases. Once in ‘power’ these individuals then pursue either their own or the party agenda and are often indifferent to ‘the people’.

The people then in truth end up with a form of modern Aristocracy, once again from the Greek aristocratie “rule of an elite”. In terms of National Government we move a step further, largely we now have a plutocracy, the rule of society by the wealthiest people. One should Google the current Cabinet members, but don’t stop there have a good rummage around, you won’t see Joe Blogs involved in aggressive tax avoidance schemes, laws voted in by these very people. Joe Blogs doesn’t make fraudulent claims on allowances and, if they did they would be out of a job and at Her Majesty’s pleasure. Should one live in Polegate and work in Canterbury you cannot have a subsidised second home, or consider a 10% pay rise whilst the vast majority of public service workers have received none for three years.

I have no political allegiance whatsoever, if an idea is good and watertight, then so it is, whosoever comes up with it. Equally it is sometimes necessary to introduce unpopular measures (which should be short term) but they should be fair throughout society. Locally and nationally we are all in difficult circumstances largely as a result of party political infighting and of course our other plutocrats.

There are some very good MPs and local Councillors who soldier on trying to do their best for us, I applaud them, but too many are in a power game which inevitably leads in some form or another to corruption, however great or small, detected or otherwise and in which I include the lack of openness and transparency in their decisions.

Paul Woolmer