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IN my long and eventful life I have never before experienced such a gulf between the electorate’s instincts and the establishment’s policies. I believe that without question some dictatorships are more popular and representative than are many of our European Union’s ‘democratically elected’ politicians.

British daily The Guardian’s in-depth analysis of New Europe reveals a number of disturbing facts.

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Only 6 percent of the European Union’s electorate say they have a great deal of trust in their government. Forty-six per cent say they have little trust whilst a third say they have no trust at all in their political elite.

Fewer than one in 10 (9 per cent) think their politicians act with honesty and integrity. That is damning. I would put money on Libya’s President Gaddafi having more claims to popularity than those seeking to overthrow him.

The Daily Mail is a conservative newspaper with a small ‘c’. Most of their readership considers themselves of charitable outlook. One would therefore expect the Conservative Liberal Coalition government to be broadly reflective of their instincts.

Not so. Anyone familiar with that newspaper and others will find its readership driven to distraction by preening smug dictators strutting in and out of ministerial office.

Former BBC Director-General, Greg Dyke revealed in his autobiography: “When it came to discussing the war in Iraq staff found it so difficult to find any member of the public prepared to speak in favour that they ended up planting people in the (Question Time) audience.” Is the war in Libya or Afghanistan any different?

On issues as diverse as crime and punishment, foreign policy, immigration, social services; banking and electoral reform, I believe these swindling impostors are as far removed from the voters as it is possible to be.

Do they care? No! I think once elected, these rogues are contemptuous of their electorate. They have more faces than a town hall clock. They are well aware that their voting public despises them; most of us would prefer washing sheets in a brothel to being in their company.

Sadly, nothing dents their conceited arrogance. These play-pen statesmen are notorious for making a mess of things. Then, to add insult to injury they have the balls to invite votes to enable them to put things right again. Yes, they create a problem; stand on a ticket of putting it right and are voted in to do so. You don’t get better job security than that.

A man who should know writes: “We have come to be one of the worst ruled, one of the most completely controlled and dominated governments in the world. No longer a government of free opinion, no longer a government by conviction and vote of the majority; but a government by the opinion and duress of small groups of dominant men.”

Those words were penned by U.S. President Woodrow Wilson (1913 – 1921). Still hoping for change? Depressing isn’t it?

Yes it is time for regime change; the introduction of democracy and accountability but like charity, home is more deserving. This is an issue far more pressing than oil grab.

 

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