Democracy at risk – by Brian Binley MP

portrait-brianbinley-2What a sad time for Parliamentary democracy.

I remember an American TV programme, ‘Slattery’s People’, about an American politician which started off by saying, and I paraphrase, “democracy might not be the most perfect system of government but none have proved to be better.”

Therein lies a great truth.

But sadly, as with all systems, human frailty is the great weak point and so it has proved again.

It is not for me to comment on other peoples’ actions but we should all know the difference between right and wrong and maybe people didn’t apply that rule as rigorously as they should.

But the other concern is the potential undermining of our democratic processes.

I would hope this is not one of the objectives of a free press which, which as Kipling wrote for Baldwin, sometimes assumes “the prerogative of the harlot throughout the ages – power without responsibility.”


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