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This Is Called “Democracy” Polly

There’s a reason we use this system too. This one called democracy:

The nightmare has happened. The worst of men is elected prime minister. The hardest of times lie ahead. Unfit in every way for any kind of office, Boris Johnson takes up the reins of absolute power bestowed on any leader with such a majority.

The point of all this being that we get to decide. We decide who is fit for office, not some elite cabal with the power of the printing press behind them. Or, to be rather closer to home, embittered ideologues.

That being the entire point of the system, that we, not Polly Toynbee, decide who rules. For the ruling being done is the ruling of us….

Yet people voted for all this woe.

Yep, we did.

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Sam Vara
Sam Vara
1 year ago

Enjoying the incoherent wailing from the likes of Polly is all part of my happiness this morning

Bloke in North Dorset
Bloke in North Dorset
1 year ago

Polly 30 April 2019:

Labour needn’t worry: in its northern heartlands, Brexiters are not the only voices

The party is drawing up its European manifesto. From what I’ve seen, it won’t suffer a backlash by pledging a confirmatory vote

Bloke on M4
Bloke on M4
1 year ago

“Yes, the manifesto was magnificent”

No, it really wasn’t.

It was the sort of manifesto that Guardian readers would have cheered, but people on council estates wouldn’t care about. It was a manifesto for the middle class civil servants, fakecharity employees and trade unions. Nationalising the railways, more government schemes, nationalising the NHS.

The poor mostly don’t care. They aren’t ideologically socialist in terms of government. They’d like better schools and hospitals, but they don’t care that much if it’s a private company delivering it.

james morgan
james morgan
1 year ago

Right. Democracy – as Brendan O’Neil has just said – “remains the greatest corrective to elitism and tyranny that mankind has ever invented”.

What a great day to be alive.

Spike
Spike
1 year ago

Polly’s is the same content-free rhetoric that has been thrown at Trump for three years, including in the current Impeachment show (hold the “high crimes and misdemeanors”!), including the claim that either one did or will wield “absolute power.” In fact, any initiative of either will have to stand to reason, as Polly’s columns don’t.

Chester Draws
Chester Draws
1 year ago
Reply to  Spike

“Absolute power” is too funny. Especially while the UK is still in the EU.

Spike
Spike
1 year ago
Reply to  Chester Draws

Yup, no one has “absolute power,” not even dictator-for-life Xi Jin-Ping. While US tariffs are indeed a tax on American consumers imposed to maybe achieve the side-effect of economic damage to China, people around here say they’re doing that so well that Xi has to watch his step lest he get his title removed. No other way to explain the lack of an invasion or massacre in Hong Kong (so far) (which he can neither afford to lose outright).

Smithy
Smithy
1 year ago

The middle class metropolitan Marxists with their woke views are despised by ordinary Labour voters in the Midlands and the North. Polly Toynbee with her Tuscan holiday home is about as far removed from the average voter in Bolsover as the Emperor of China.

Quentin Vole
Quentin Vole
1 year ago
Reply to  Smithy

I think Polly has moved to Umbria. Too many common people in Tuscany.

NDReader
NDReader
1 year ago
Reply to  Quentin Vole

I think I recall a near outright denial a couple of years ago: apparently she never had a place in Tuscany and no longer has a place in Umbria.

Quentin Vole
Quentin Vole
1 year ago
Reply to  NDReader

I never believe anything about Polly until she has officially denied it.

DiscoveredJoys
DiscoveredJoys
1 year ago

“The nightmare has happened. The worst of men is elected prime minister. The hardest of times lie ahead. Unfit in every way for any kind of office, Jeremy Corbyn takes up the reins of absolute power bestowed on any leader with such a majority.”

Just as frightening and to more people.

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