The Time When Democracy Was Having a Laugh


Two weeks into the new year and it feels like new year’s resolution were never made, the festive season has never been and it is just very much business as usual. Not that I make them, by the way, new year’s resolutions. Making resolutions is a four- season’s affair and everyone knows it, but no one likes a party pooper. WikiLeaks has made no new revelations for quite some time, which is rather disappointing and makes Assange look more like a megalomaniac, bad shagging perv rather than a crusader for the freedom of information. It’s bonus season in the city and Davy’s statement “we’re all in this together”  sounds rather hollow all of the sudden, but as said, it’s business as usual. It’s game over however for the now former president of Tunisia, Ben Ali, who was forced to flee the country after weeks of civil unrest. What I’m highly surprised about is the ear-deafening silence on this issue in UK media in the previous weeks. All those weeks there was apparently no news on the North African front and all of the sudden it has become a hot current affair. The big question is of course what will happen next in Tunisia. Free and fair elections will be held and another country will be made democratic, insha allah. Hurray! Another victory for democracy. Democracy is the dog’s bollocks, you know. Those highly eloquent Tunisians, who currently fill our tv screens seemingly coming out of nowhere will have a blast. We’re currently really enjoying our democracy, in which our elected leaders deceive us, spend our tax money on making the rich more rich, send undercover cops into the green movement as if it were a proper threat to society and tempt hippies to engage in criminal activities. By no means do I wanted to suggest that the grass is greener on the other side, as the authoritarian side really doesn’t look that fresh and funky from our perspective, but just to rain or your parade, you- people-in-authoritarian-regimes- literally-dying-for-some-civil-liberties, democracy is heavily overrated. Democracy seems to make people lazy and complacent as they don’t see the need of voting or have little idea of who their rulers are. Or they become cynical and all they do is fault finding (not this fairy). Why don’t we just face it; democracy is a fallacy. Rule by the people, my *ss! Which people? Sure not ALL the people. In the British first-past-the-post-system 40% of the vote get to rule over the 60% that didn’t choose for that particular party. How is that people’s rule? In the system of proportional representation parties, that make up coalition governments often have to make so many concessions that little remains of the plans people voted the lot into power for in the first place.  I guess the only people who come remotely close to people’s power are the Swiss. But they call themselves ‘neutral’ -as if that exist!-, do you REALLY have to take that lot seriously? I’ll tell you, it’s all a conspiracy. They make us believe that it is this brilliant system while actually  it sucks big time, but since we don’t have a decent alternative we buy into the dream. I think I might just establish an anarchical republic here in Park, just to begin with. It might be messy, but it least we know what the score is. No room for deception, broken promises, or hollow words , ’cause this would be anarchy, baby.



About Lemba

Non-conformist Writing Soul and Language Geek from the Lowlands with a South London accent, currently living a nomadic, location- independent lifestyle. While executing the Big Fat Writing Plan I’m invading cyberspace with my views on 'expat living', travel and other lifestyle choices, current affairs and other randomness. Welcome to the Dark Fairy Zone.

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