Brexit has shown us that democracy is flawed. Fundamentally the idea of democracy is a good one but unfortunately democracy only really works when all things are equal. In Britain unfortunately this is simply not the case. Letting the people decide sounds like a good idea but in practice it has just led to a mess. I am not referring to the fact that Brexit has not yet taken place or that it has stalled: instead I am referring to the fact that it was ever allowed to take place at all. There could be only ever one outcome when people are asked to decide about matters over which they lack proper understanding and that outcome can only be a mess. Why would a government ask for a popular vote on such matters of importance. Only a very incompetent government would do such a thing. It was a totally irresponsible thing for a government to do. Brexit has shown us that democracy doesn’t always result in sanity and can actually have some serious consequences. Normally democracy works when it is moderated by a responsible government but when democracy is tendered out to the public without the moderation of a responsible government to guide us towards responsible actions then you have potential disaster. The sole purpose of democracy is to elect a responsible government that makes decisions to hopefully benefit the country, or at least that is it’s intended purpose. We choose a government based on experience and competence to do the job. We don’t elect a government to put the people in charge of massive and potentially damaging decision making. Well we never used to until Brexit and not until Cameron took a huge gamble on the sense and reason of the British Public which ultimately backfired. Cameron put the people in charge and made Parliament subservient. Now unable to moderate the extremes of democracy the country was at the mercy of right wing sentiments, intolerance of foreigners (which incidentally is actually called ‘racism’), the undereducated and people with no understanding of economics. Unfortunately it was the composition of British Society which ultimately led to the Brexit Result. A poor indictment of Britain in the 21st century and because of this democracy left unmoderated by Parliament will never be either fair or reasonable and will always lead to unsuccessful outcomes.
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