"The one pervading evil of democracy is the tyranny of the majority, or rather of that party, not always the majority, that succeeds, by force or fraud, in carrying elections"
Lord Acton, The History of Freedom and Other Essays (1907)
We are all "EUians" now because this country of ours is governed by spineless, Quisling politicians who aren't fit to lick their electorate's boots. For nearly 40 years our politicians have abused the positions that they have attained, during which time they have continually deceived those they are supposed to represent. Assuming powers to which they had no right and making decisions that were those only the people should make, our politicians have wrecked a country that was held as a beacon for freedom, honesty, fairness and tolerance.
Our politicians have been aided and abetted by what is supposed to be a 'free press', one that should be impartial and informative; and which has been anything but - having allowed itself to be 'bought' by means of 'political patronage'. As our politicians stand accused of fraud and deceit, so do our supposedly free and impartial press.
Unfortunately, probably the greatest culprits on whom the blame can be laid for the degrading of what was once a great and proud country is the electorate. Instead of querying what have turned out to be lies, presented to them by both the politicians and the free press, the electorate have accepted, without question, the information fed them on a daily basis.
Having begun with a quotation, it is perhaps fitting that I end with one - on reflection, maybe one for each of politician, press and people.
"We must, indeed, all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately"
Attributed: Benjamin Franklin
For the free press:
"The Freedom of the press is one of the great bulwarks of liberty and can never be constrained but by a despotic government"
For the people:
"Who speaks of freedom and liberty while the human mind is in chains?"