A small note for Mr. Monbiot

There are plenty of examples: the other three nations enjoy proportional representation, the scrapping of failed policies such as the private-finance initiative and SATs tests in schools, an officially sanctioned network of credit unions in Wales, land reform in Scotland, fairer energy pricing in Northern Ireland. In these respects, the three smaller nations of the UK look modern and progressive, while England has one foot in the pre-democratic past.

The aim and proof of democracy is not that we end up with the policies that you approve of.

It\’s that we end up with a series of compromise policies which none of us feel strongly enough to start killing each other over.

6 thoughts on “A small note for Mr. Monbiot”

  1. Stuart – this reminds me of a much older work colleague, who was recalled having dinner at his ex-colonial great uncle’s house. On the matter of the Union the uncle said:

    “If the Scottish want independence then they can have it. They freely chose to join the Union and they can freely chose to leave it.

    “The Welsh on the other hand were conquered and can jolly well put up with.”

    It made me laugh. It shouldn’t do, but it did.

  2. “The aim and proof of democracy is not that we end up with the policies that you approve of.

    “It’s that we end up with a series of compromise policies which none of us feel strongly enough to start killing each other over.”

    Quite so. But, like all authoritarians, Moonbat believes he knows what the real and true interests of the people are. To him, policy preferences are democratic only if they embody his perception of the real and true interests of the people. If the people don’t vote for what he believes is in their real and true interests, then they have been duped and have “false consciousness” (as the Marxists say), and there is a democratic deficit.

  3. He also fails to note that the pre-democratic nation is actually paying for some of those policies he is so in favour of

  4. >It’s that we end up with a series of compromise policies which none of us feel strongly enough to start killing each other over.

    Let’s hope those days aren’t drawing to a close.

  5. Stuart – legally Wales is as much part of England as England is a part of Wales. The legal entity is “England and Wales”

    (Actually since devolution that’s not even true. It’s two seperate legal entities now – “England” and “Wales”)

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