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Democracy in Decay: The shadowy unelected figures who scuppered our country


EVER thought who are the most powerful, the most influential people in British politics? The people who have shaped your lives and that of the country far beyond the longevity of their careers? Perhaps you would punt for Boris Johnson, he who at least in part ‘Got Brexit Done’ – after a fashion – then proceeded to ‘spaff’ (his terminology) away the opportunities it presented. Instead he sentenced us to house arrest during the ridiculous overreaction to covid, at the same time putting rocket boosters under mass migration, completing the process New Labour began of changing the country for ever.

Perhaps you’d plump for Nigel Farage, who did more than anyone else to get out of the European Union in a lonely and seemingly hopeless campaign for which he sacrificed 25 years of his life. Going back a bit further, you’d probably go for Tony Blair, who along with the Iraq War cemented the ‘Double Liberalism’ – social as well as economic that we still live under 30 years later – as well as radically changing the constitution of this country.

All are fair choices, but serious political figures often move in the shadows, quietly and slyly changing politics and society in radical ways that no one ever wanted or asked for. With that in mind, my vote on this subject would go to Barbara Roche, New Labour’s immigration minister and someone very few have ever heard of. It is she who opened the immigration floodgates with the deliberate aim of creating a ‘diverse’ society, much against the wishes of the people and, of course, with no manifesto commitment for doing so. As a consequence Britain has been changed radically and irreversibly, becoming less cohesive, less sure of itself, poorer and far more prone to the scourge of identity politics. At roughly the same time occurred the rise of the even less-known Julia Middleton, thought to be one-time editor of the now defunct Marxism Today, who founded Common Purpose. This shadowy organisation is often accused of being a powerful networking engine for the left, and some credit it with the cultural subversion of our institutions in line with Gramscian Marxist ideals.

And how about the so-called right of British politics? Forget Sunak, Truss or Johnson; perhaps the prize should go to Dougie Smith, who apparently controlled Tory candidate selection for the 2019 General Election. Although theoretically the Tories stood on a Brexit platform, it is now obvious the process was doomed from the start due to the policy of Conservative HQ stuffing safe seats with Remain-inclined, Liberal Democrat ‘One Nation’ candidates, meaning that even though the Tories were given a sizeable majority it was impossible to push through conservative policies. Worse, the liberal elite infiltration was so pervasive that unless the Tories are reduced to a rump of around 80 seats these people will dominate the party in opposition, guaranteeing continuity of the LibLabCon Uniparty for perhaps decades to come.

That such a small number of people installed in key positions – two out of three of them not even elected by anyone – can yield such an outsize influence, well beyond the span of their own careers, on what is laughingly called our democracy shows how rotten the system has become. And we haven’t even touched on the influence of billionaire backers, Big Green and the rise of the sinecure class.

At heart, British democracy once relied on our elites respecting the people and the democratic process. In the modern age of elite radicalisation, that gentlemen’s understanding has given way to the new cynical anti-democratic instincts of the elites that the system was never designed to cope with. The only solution is to disperse power as much as possible to the people – a process that only Swiss-style Direct Democracy can deliver. 

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Andrew Cadman
Andrew Cadman
IT Consultant who works and lives in the UK. He is @Andrewccadman on Parler.

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