Let us consider three basic facts on which democracy is based.
1. Political authority is derived from the people - government only exists with the consent of the people.
2. 'Rights' are not granted to the people by government - 'Rights' already belong to the people from the moment of their birth.
3. The people have the sole and exclusive right and power to govern themselves in any area not delegated to their government.
Both Thomas Jefferson and James Madison warned that if governments ever became the sole and exclusive arbiter of the extent of its own power then that power would continuously grow - regardless of elections or separation of power.
Decade after decade, we the people have been voting one lot of politicians out in the hope that a new lot will be different and yet decade after decade government's powers continue to grow and the people's liberties continue to diminish. It doesn't matter who has been Prime Minister or what political party has been in government the growth of powers assumed by government has continued. In election after election parties present a manifesto and those manifestos have been so loosely worded as to be meaningless, coupled with the fact that time and again any promises that have been made have been systematically and cynically broken.
In 1775 John Adams wrote that "liberty once lost, is lost forever.” He explained that if and when the people allow government to gain power and restrict liberty, government will never voluntarily hand that power back and that it would take a long and difficult struggle to regain.
It will indeed be a 'long and difficult struggle' to regain the powers that governments have usurped as, to add insult to injury, successive governments over the past three decades have handed those powers to an alien, unelected and unaccountable 'government' situated in Brussels - without even the courtesy of asking the people whether they agreed.
When governments disregard the people and usurp even more power in the name of 'national security', then a nation state has descended into tyranny. As history has shown, when tyranny is rampant the people eventually take to the streets and a revolution occurs, often concluding with bloody retribution heaped on the heads of those who have abused the power handed to them.
It is only too obvious that the political class have forgotten the three basic points mentioned above and one can but wonder how long it will be before the people of this country begin their revolution?