Sunday, 1 May 2022

I asked a question on Twitter recently. That question was "Do you consider the United Kingdom to be a true democracy?"

Only one person that I noticed answered yes.

Out of all the ones who answered no, most were posting laughter GIFs or asking me if this was a joke. Of the ones who did give a serious answer, they touched upon many obvious points: our unelected monarchy, our unelected House of Lords, our lack of proportional representation, and so on. They did not even have to mention the actions of the Johnson government to show how undemocratic the UK is. A common answer was that we've never been a true democracy but now things are getting even worse. I find it hard to argue with that take.

Our current system gives absolute power to the party that can win a handful of swing voters in a handful of swing seats and those swing voters are inevitably swayed by billionaire press barons, which is precisely why Rupert Murdoch always get his PM. The fundamental flaw in our democratic system is there are always just enough idiots and racists for Murdoch to control, meaning we end up with a government that appeals to idiots and racists, but alienates the majority.

A few years ago, I would have described this country as a flawed democracy, primarily for the above reasons - a system where we get a free vote on who our members of parliament should be, but in which the voices of ordinary people are drowned out by the corporate media and in which there is far too little accountability. Today I would describe the UK as a managed democracy in which the establishment will take whatever steps are necessary to ensure it always gets the "correct outcome" and neoliberalism is protected forever. I honestly believe they would have considered a military coup, had Jeremy Corbyn become prime minister.

Here is how Wikipedia describes managed democracies: 

"Guided democracy, also called managed democracy, is a formally democratic government that functions as a de facto authoritarian government or in some cases, as an autocratic government. Such governments are legitimized by elections that are free and fair, but do not change the state's policies, motives, and goals.

"In other words, the government controls elections so that the people can exercise all their rights without truly changing public policy. While they follow basic democratic principles, there can be major deviations towards authoritarianism. Under managed democracy, the state's continuous use of propaganda techniques prevents the electorate from having a significant impact on policy."

Clearly, a managed democracy is not much of a democracy at all. The faces of the government might change, but the people who are actually in charge, remain in charge forever. It's not really people in charge though, it's money. Money is the true ruler of our country and money has decided many of you will be exploited.

Now you might argue that our country can't possibly be authoritarian because it's nice to people like you and the government represents your views. But the same can be said for any authoritarian government. They always have their fans whose whims are put before the rights of marginalised groups. People within those marginalised groups are far less likely to see the system of government as fair and democratic for this very reason.

We all know media moguls like Rupert Murdoch are experts at keeping the public divided. What naive people like me never fully understood was the lengths the establishment would go to to smear anyone who offered change, and then Jeremy Corbyn came along. The establishment decided Corbyn was not allowed to become prime minister; he was too much of a threat to money. He would have ended the tax avoidance loop holes, he would have redistributed wealth, and horror of all horrors, he would have democratised our society, destroying structures of power and ensuring the game was up for the elites. Imagine how different the UK would look with a democratised media that disempowered the likes of Rupert Murdoch and amplified ordinary working class voices. Imagine how different the UK would look if corporations and public services were under common ownership so people were put before profit. Imagine how different your bank balance would be if you got a vote on the pay distribution within the company you work for. That's the point of democracy, you're supposed to get a meaningful say in how your life turns out. 

In a true democracy, the voices of ordinary people are amplified, basic human rights are protected, and the destiny of the country is dictated by the common good, not by what makes most profit for shareholders.

In our capitalist economy, obstacle after obstacle is placed in front of ordinary people. You either get poverty wages or you get 10s of 1000s of pounds of student debt, and there's a good chance you'll still end up with poverty wages. For the working class, it's a trap.

Our current "democratic" system is two wolves and a sheep voting for what they're going to have for dinner. The wolves (the upper class and the middle class) are going to have the sheep (the working class) for dinner every single time. And if the sheep dares complain, they will be told it's all their fault. They're the reason they're being eaten for dinner!

It really is that blatant and yet even a decent number of working class people still support it. The Financial Times has been telling us that "democracy functions better when there is less of it". Yes, they really just came out and said it. Society functions better when plebs like you are silenced because you don't know what's good for you. 

That claim is obviously grade A bullshit.

Countries with higher unionisation have much better social outcomes. Worker co-operatives have happier, better paid and more motivated staff, and they are more productive too, even though the plebs of the workforce make company decisions. Imagine that! Working class idiots having the brainpower to wrap their heads around major decisions and finding better solutions than capitalists with their elite super-brains!

I'll let you in on a little secret. We don't need the people who modestly refer to themselves as elites. We do not need capitalists. We do not need to let them have all the money. We are more than capable of being the masters of our own destiny.

The key reason the rise of Jeremy Corbyn (and Bernie Sanders) was possible in the first place, and the reason he and his supporters had to be stopped, was the establishment's propaganda machine had lost control of younger generations. The youth were finding their voice and refusing to be marginalised and this was thanks mainly to the role of social media. This is why there has been such a concerted effort from governments to control social media, with purges of left wing accounts, censorship of posts that challenge mainstream narratives, threats of draconian regulations, and an army of establishment bots to sow division and drown out our voices. But their efforts really aren't working too well.

That's why they've had to go the authoritarian route. That's why they're dismantling the flawed democracy which was only ever the polite face of fascism. 

The privileged always take bigger issue with impoliteness than injustice because you are expected to politely know your place. If you tell someone to fuck off on social media because they say you deserve your own poverty, you are a monster who must be silenced forever. You must be purged. But if you're a Tory with your snout in the trough, that's fine, just try not to be so blatant about it.

They will, of course, pretend to be disappointed with the behaviour of Boris Johnson's corrupt mob, but just look at what he has been allowed to get away with.

There was the time Boris Johnson lied to the Queen to prorogue parliament to push through his ridiculous and unworkable Brexit deal, and the many times he lied about getting pissed, about throwing massive parties while we were under lockdown and people died from his Covid failures. 

And just look at how the entire establishment come together to support each other: the press who will back whoever represents billionaire interests most; the Metropolitan Police with their dodgy former commissioner who the Tories made a dame; Lord Geidt who always finds his Tory mates not guilty; the EHCR who tried to destroy Labour in the Corbyn years, but now ignore Tory Islamophobia and instead focus on attacking the rights of trans people; the neoliberal fifth column who took control of the opposition and broadly supported the government's criminal actions; the monarch who is supposedly there to protect our democracy and instead gives royal ascension to any and every attack on our basic rights without so much as a murmur.

There is an entire establishment of people who mostly hate each other, but love their own bank balances, and so will fight for each other and put their allies into positions of power and line each other's pockets to ensure they all remain wealthy and powerful forever. And fuck the rest of the country.

Just look at the constant law breaking from this government - if I started to list it all, I would be here all day. And then there is the lack of resignation, the sheer indignity, when Boris Johnson gets caught time and time again. He can break the ministerial code and just declare he has not broken the ministerial code and face no punishment - it's just absurd. Where is the independent oversight? 

Well, when we establish any body like the Standards Committee to at least maintain the illusion of independence, what does the government do? It seizes control to ensure it always gets the right outcome. That's managed democracy. It's why Boris Johnson faces no punishment for lying while Julian Assange faces extradition for telling the truth. We protect the liars and punish the truth tellers.

While we're busy being outraged by an MP watching porn in parliament, a staggering number of Tory MPs (56) are being investigated for sexual harassment. And that's not even the biggest recent scandal. That would be the unlawful deaths of 30,000 care home residents. The government are claiming they did not know about asymptomatic transmission when they deliberately sent Covid patients into care homes. I knew about asymptomatic transmission and I'm just an ordinary member of the public. Did you know about asymptomatic transmission? Well, Boris Johnson certainly did. He was told by SAGE in February 2020 and spoke about it in March 2020 and is now trying to rewrite history.

If you caused 30,000 deaths through gross negligence you would go to prison for a very long time. Tories just get to continue denying culpability after the High Court finds them guilty. It's beyond farcical.

They keep insulting our intelligence, just like they keep insulting the true heroes of the pandemic, the teachers and nurses who risked their lives to keep the country running, only for the government to accuse them of getting pissed at work, which is exactly what the government were doing themselves. The sheer lack of respect! They claim claim to be champions of free speech when they are in fact champions of bullshit.

And the champions of bullshit are now telling us they will force universities to platform bigots to overcome "cancel culture" and give people the ability to sue for being de-platformed, but I'm pretty sure by "people" they mean the far-right. If a lefty anti-war activist or human rights champion gets cancelled, and let's be honest, that happens all the time, they don't care. They're more than happy to see BBC panels stacked with conservatives and just a single token lefty that they can all bully and treat like a child for saying things like food should be a human right. They want people to be platformed who will tell you trans people aren't real people or that "wokeness" is the reason the country is fucked and not the people in charge of running the country. They want bigotry, divisiveness and scapegoating, not a "market place of ideas".

If they wanted a market place of ideas, they would not be trying to ban the BDS movement or outlaw peaceful protest or remove books with anti-capitalist authors from schools, even when the book is non-political. That's the real cancel culture. The masters of deflection are cancelling every lefty in sight while screeching "cancel culture" at any person who speaks out. That's why human rights lawyers are labelled "lefty activist lawyers" - demanding the law be followed is lefty activism now. How very authoritarian.

The people who claim to love the marketplace of ideas and the rule of law hate any opposing ideas and they especially hate any suggestion of following the law. That's why they've been threatening Home Office staff who are revolting over their illegal Rwanda plan. The people who insisted for years they were not anti-refugee and simply wanted a fair asylum system, now want to outright ban non-white, adult men from seeking asylum in this country and dump them in Rwanda, forcing them to seek asylum there, whether they want to or not. Never mind that this would be illegal under international law, they will just pretend the refugees are illegal before they've even been processed, ignoring that this is racial and gender discrimination. White refugees from Ukraine get treated differently though. They get to stay in people's houses while they're being "processed", but brown people fleeing wars just as horrific get dumped in a country with dreadful human rights abuses, the kind of country you would want to seek asylum from, rather than in. It's truly sickening how they get away with these double-standards.

Obviously, we should be offering safe haven to Ukrainians, we should be offering safe haven to all refugees, but the government are telling us in broad daylight that non-whites don't count as full humans. Their refugee policy is literally "send them back to Africa" - we are being governed by the National Front.

Just look at the way they have decided they can remove citizenship from dual nationals (mostly non-whites) at the drop of a hat. This category would include my children. They will tell you they would only strip criminals of their citizenship, but they now consider peaceful protesters to be criminals. Ten years from now, my son could attend a protest against the government's racism, get banged up in prison for up to ten years and upon release, be deported to a country he's never visited, never allowed to set foot in his own country again. It would be monstrous and it's exactly the kind of thing this government would do, because it already does.

Did you hear about the non-verbal autistic kid who went missing and it turned out police dumped him in an immigration centre and they were about to deport him to Nigeria, even though he's not Nigerian? Like they literally just went "He's black. Nigeria will do. We'll send him there!" This is not how true democracies behave. The contempt for human rights and principles as basic as citizenship is staggering. If you're non-white, I'm sorry to say you're not a true citizen, never will be under this lot.

Home Secretary Priti Patel, grand-daughter of refugees, hates refugees so much she is willing to "boost the Rwandan economy" by spending huge sums of money to get rid of them. If your money-saving solution actually costs far more money than the current system, you have to be honest and say your only motivation is racism. 

And I can't decide if the dreadful racism of the government is the biggest problem or the unbelievable corruption and the way they just keep getting away with it because their own mates are the ones who "investigate" them.

Michelle Mone was made a Baroness for no other reason than her husband is super-rich and the Tories wanted donations. Next thing, Mone's company, MedPro, was placed in the VIP Lane before the company even existed(!) and shortly after, the new company was buying dodgy PPE from China to sell to the government for three times the price. None of this PPE was usable and MedPro's £203 million contract looks like one massive scam. 

Michelle Mone had her front door busted in recently, due to a fraud investigation. If Mone is being investigated by the police for fraud, surely the Tories who put her in the VIP lane need to be investigated too. One of those Tories was Michael Gove, but don't worry, nothing is going to happen to him. Tories are above the law.

The bastards are asset-stripping the country and silencing anyone who tries to expose them, and this is precisely why they're flogging Channel 4. 

Wait, sorry, that's a lie! They're flogging Channel 4 which has no debt to compete with Netflix which has loads of debt and has just haemorrhaged 200,000 subscribers. This move was absolutely not punishment for Channel 4 being one of the few media outlets which has dared to challenge the government on anything of substance in recent years and for empty-chairing Boris Johnson during the 2019 election debate.

Surely, if Channel 4 is owned by the public, there should be a referendum on whether or not we want to sell it. How can these twats be allowed to just sell our asset to their mates without our consent? We need a written constitution to protect us from this nonsense. These corrupt bastards basically do as they please and then have a massive party in Downing Street to laugh about it. Don't forget to bring your own booze.

It's reasonable to ask if the Tory Party could have afforded to campaign in the last two elections or the Brexit referendum without support from Russian billionaires. The Tories made Evgeny Lebedev a lord and then refused to publish the advice they received on whether or not he posed a security risk. I wonder why...

It's not just Russian billionaires that are the problem though, it's all billionaires. Not only are they buying our politicians and exploiting the working class, but they're buying up the media and even social media to ensure they have narrative control. If you agree Elon Musk owning Twitter would be bad, and it really would be, just wait until you hear that six billionaires own 90% of our newspapers newspapers and TV channels. Is this democracy? 

Jeremy Corbyn was going to give journalists democratic control of these institutions so the moguls could not tell them what to print. And believe me, there are tons of great journalists out there who've been ordered to bury stories that were in the public interest. Journalism as it currently stands is just establishment PR.

I'm going to go out on a limb here and say if a billionaire has enough spare cash to buy a social media company on a whim, that billionaire is not paying enough tax, but the establishment are experts at ensuring the money always goes to their friends - that's trickle-up economics.

Did you hear that suitcases full of Covid loan cash have been seized by UK border patrol officers? This cash was from the £4.3 billion of fraudulent Covid loans that Rishi Sunak just decided to write off while making the rest of us repay the energy bill "rebate" we never asked for. The bastard needs to be investigated for this, but he won't be. 

You can be as crooked as you like in Tory world and the establishment will help you get away with it, just don't dare tell them you're poor and can't afford to eat. Poor people are everything that's wrong with this country so shut up and know your place. It's only right that it's too expensive for ordinary people to live while energy companies make record profits. This is a democracy, people! We value freedom and property ownership, just don't mention we're lagging way behind countries like China on millennial home ownership. They told us for years the communists were coming to take our homes and everything we own, and yet that's exactly what capitalists did to us.

Chinese millennials got home ownership, we got landlords and credit card debt, but remember, this country is much better than other countries if you're old, white and rich. Just don't be working class because then you're fucked.

You're not allowed systemic change - the establishment will even try to take away your vote so you can't change things for the better. Don't forget to bring your photo ID to the next general election so you can vote for one of the two fucking awful choices - establishment team A or establishment team B. I didn't have photo ID until I was 26 by the way. Don't ask me why young people don't want to vote!

The fact is voter ID laws have no credible justification. Stopping two million people from voting in response to two instances of voter fraud is called voter suppression. But remember, the other guy was a huge threat to our way of life. Britain basically threw its democracy away to stop Jeremy Corbyn giving us free broadband and solar panels. And the current Labour leadership is absolutely complicit in all of this. Not only because they did everything they could to stop Corbyn becoming prime minister (and admitted they're glad he is not), but because they keep enabling Tory attacks on our democracy by abstaining on their bills.

By abstaining on the Elections Bill which they could have comfortably defeated, the Labour Party enabled the Tory attack attack on our democratic rights. Be under no illusions, the establishment includes Labour too. You cannot be left wing and support this. You just can't. And this is precisely why we need a revolution.

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