Democracy in the UK: really???

The House of Lords is the largest, non-elected Parliamentary body in the world, after the National People’s Congress of the Chinese Communist party. If one believes that the multi-layered, committee driven election of the NPC is actually democratic, the House of Lords leads the list of non-elected law-setters. (That would be funny, with the NHS being the third largest employer in the world after the Chinese army and the Indian National Railroad…).

The EU is far from perfect, but laws must be approved by the EU Parliament and the Council of Ministers and – I believe – ratified by national Parliaments. Admittance of any new country is subject to a veto power of every individual state. All of these are democratically elected bodies.

That the common man in the street does not bother about the EU Parliament is not necessarily the institution’s fault. That the UK has ‘only’ 79 MEP’s out of 700 or so is misleading. Faced with the choice 1) being one of the largest group of MP’s in the world’s largest economic entity (larger in GDP than the US) or 2) have 100% of the MP’s in less than 4% of global GDP, I decidedly opt for the former.

And how about this for Democracy: those Brits who remain Nationals but have lived outside the UK for 15 years or more are not allowed to vote. Never mind that taxation-without- representation counts for every EU citizen in the UK who has not become British. A EU  national who has lived in the UK for 27 years and paid taxed, contributed to the community and to charities in the country is not allowed to vote. Yet, a Canadian who has lived in the UK for under two years is allowed to pronounce on the EU Referendum. Go figure….!

16 June 2016