Many politi­cians fail to serve as democrats

Gloucestershire Echo - - LETTERS & OPINION - Chris Nel­son

✒ I AM fed up with those who call them­selves democrats but who don’t ap­pear to know the mean­ing of the word.

A case in point would be the chair­man of Chel­tenham for Eu­rope’s let­ter to the Echo (July 25).

He states that it would be “pro­foundly anti-demo­cratic” to sus­pend Par­lia­ment and cut it out of the na­tional de­bate on Brexit.

The only rea­son clos­ing Par­lia­ment (un­doubt­edly an ex­treme mea­sure) is even up for de­bate is be­cause we have too many in­dul­gent, ar­ro­gant, self­in­ter­ested and elit­ist MPS who refuse to de­liver the demo­cratic vote of the peo­ple to leave the Eu­ro­pean Union.

Thank goodness Alex Chalk is not one of them.

I voted Re­main but fully ac­cept the will of the peo­ple to Leave.

The vote for Brexit was the big­gest man­date this coun­try has ever seen.

As an ex-sol­dier, I fought to protect democ­racy in North­ern Ire­land and the

first Gulf War. Sol­diers have put their lives on the line for democ­racy.

For me, democ­racy is more im­por­tant than Brexit, as fail­ure to re­spect democ­racy of­ten leads to se­ri­ous un­rest and vi­o­lence.

It is also more im­por­tant than who we vote for to run our Gov­ern­ment - so if we voted to have Jeremy Cor­byn as Prime Min­is­ter (much as I think it would lead to a big­ger eco­nomic dis­as­ter than a No Deal), so be it. I would live with the de­ci­sion.

Yet so many of our politi­cians fail to be true Democrats.

Just look at Jo Swin­son MP, the new leader of the Lib­eral Democrats, when she said that she would only ac­cept the re­sult of a sec­ond ref­er­en­dum if Re­main won.

The for­mer Green Party leader, Caro­line Lucas MP, also said the same thing. So for them, just like in com­mu­nist, fas­cist and sin­gle party states, only one an­swer is ac­cept­able.

All our po­lit­i­cal lead­ers through­out our com­mu­ni­ties should serve with hu­mil­ity, listen to the pub­lic and re­spect our great democ­racy.

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