I be­lieve in ba­sic demo­cratic prin­ci­ple

Western Mail - - VIEWS OF WALES -

AL­MOST daily, this let­ters page leaves me shak­ing my head at how oth­ers see things I thought I un­der­stood, in a very dif­fer­ent light.

We each have a unique set of in­flu­ences on our thoughts and opin­ions based on our own back­grounds, ed­u­ca­tion, ex­po­sure to ex­pe­ri­ence, and in­creas­ingly from a mul­ti­tude of in­puts from re­li­able or of­ten to­tally un­re­li­able sources and few of us can say with cer­tainty at a given mo­ment if what we be­lieve is the true pic­ture.

But in one as­pect I am com­pletely sat­is­fied that the be­lief in demo­cratic prin­ci­ples that has been drummed into me since early school­days, is the right way; namely “gov­ern­ment of the peo­ple by the peo­ple through their elected rep­re­sen­ta­tives”.

Given that I find the cur­rent out­cry about the UK de­ci­sion to join the US and France in strikes against the Syr­ian regime as­ton­ish­ing.

To de­mand that the de­ci­sion went to a pop­u­lar vote is lu­di­crous be­cause not only does such in­volve­ment take time that was not avail­able, but those han­ker­ing to give or with­hold ap­proval are sim­ply not in pas­sion of all the many facts con­tribut­ing to a sen­si­ble if not per­fect de­ci­sion.

By vot­ing demo­crat­i­cally for some­one or some or­gan­i­sa­tion to act for me I ex­pressed trust in their ac­tions even though I re­tained the right to seek clar­i­fi­ca­tion af­ter the event.

This week in West­min­ster, some MPs claim that they should have been con­sulted in ad­vance and some even claim that “the Bri­tish pub­lic” should have been specif­i­cally asked for opin­ions. We all know the fu­til­ity of seek­ing views of those who are ig­no­rant of the facts and cir­cum­stances, for ex­am­ple Brexit

Kel Palmer Moun­tain Ash

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