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UK is not a democracy
10:00am Wednesday 16th October 2013 in Letters
Sir – Jean Butcher (Letters, September 25) thought we lived in a democratic democracy, as do most people — and how wrong everyone is.
Where is there any separation of power twixt the executive and legislature?
How can one person be a member of both, yet presume to inform us they will represent our views in Parliament?
Within the structure of representative democracy, where is the process whereby we, the electorate, can demand that the Government of the day cease a policy for which there is overwhelming opposition?
Attending one of his surgeries, I was informed by David Cameron MP that where national and local policy came into conflict, then national policy reigned supreme.
Local government bodies do not have any independent existence or power, being defined as they are through Acts of Parliament.
Their existence, boundaries and powers are dictated by central government – indeed not only are they funded primarily from the centre but the nature of monies collected locally is directed by the centre.
Mr Cameron was elected on the basis of 33,973 votes, in the 2010 general election, in a constituency which boasted an electorate of 78,220. Receiving just 43.4 per cent support from his electorate, he did not even achieve a majority in his own locale.
Coupled with which he holds office as Prime Minister with just 10,703,654 Conservative votes from an electorate of 45,844,691 – 36 per cent of the votes that were cast and 23 per cent of the total electorate.
Representative democracy, I would suggest, is just democratised dictatorship in action. So no, we most definitely do not live in a democracy.
David Phipps, Cote Road, Aston
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