Who’s Afraid of Democracy?


In one of my previous posts, I discussed one case where going with a minority opinion is still considered democratic:

“A large group of friends wants to go out to dinner together.  40% say they don’t care where they go. 40% feel like Italian food. 20% want Chinese food.

Italian it is.”

via Fracking: Let the People Decide Already

However, in the above example, 40% specifically said that they don’t care and will defer to the people that do.

This is not the scenario for the recent British elections where the majority of voters did NOT want David Cameron and the Tories to win and specifically stated this as the case:

Article: Cam again

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Results of latest British election

Tony Blair’s last great election victory, in 2005, was achieved with only 35% of the popular vote.

via How British elections work

It doesn’t really make sense for the Prime Minister of a country to represent a minority of the people rather than a majority of the people.  This would mean the actions of the leader of the country could almost always be out of line with what the majority of the public truly wants.

Proportional representation would make a lot more sense.

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What general elections would have looked like under proportional representation

via Square pegs, round hole

Today in Palestine! ~ Sunday, 10 May 2015



Land, property theft & destruction / Ethnic cleansing / Judaization / Restrictions on movement

Govt. to legalise settlement outposts

Northern West Bank settlement outpost of Esh Kodesh/Photo: Peace Now Price Tag, Oren Rozen

AIC 10 May by Connie Hackbarth — Israel’s new government is planning to “legalise” West Bank settlement construction conducted in contravention of Israeli law, according to the coalition agreement between Linkud and the Jewish Home. This stands in stark contrast to the demolition policy implemented by Israel against Palestinian-owned homes built without permits — The English-language daily Jerusalem Post reports, based on unofficial copies of the Likud-Jewish Home coalition agreement, that within one month a professional team will be created to formulate a plan for the authorisation of settlement construction in the West Bank – both settlement outposts and building within recognised settlements – that were built “without the involvement of the authorities”, i.e. without the requisite permits. Settlement outposts appeared following the 1993 Oslo Accord, in which the Israeli…

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The Thought Police: Alive and Well and Ruling in Canada


Left Over

Ottawa considering hate charges against those who boycott Israel

Blaney’s office cites ‘comprehensive’ hate laws for new zero tolerance plans

By Neil Macdonald, CBC NewsPosted: May 11, 2015 5:00 AM ET Last Updated: May 11, 2015 5:00 AM ET

”ll bet Junior Trudeau is so happy he signed off on C-51…right now, my instinct is to declare that I have in fact been boycotting any Israeli products for years, as have many others. If the Cons want to come after me in any way, shape or form I’m happy to oblige them. I’mm betting that lawyers will be lining up to take this all the way to the Supreme Court. This assault on our rights as Canadians in a supposedly free and democratic society adds fuel to the progressive fire…Harper and his Cons have to go!

  You have to wonder if this isn’t the beginning of the end…when the…

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