More on the Radio 4's 'Today' programme 'Who Runs Britain' discussion (see NTaH passim here here and here).
Judy (Adloyada) notes Amanda Platel protesting that the press aren't as powerful as they seem.
But they are a lot more powerful than they should be. And there is a sizeable lobby that would like to quietly create a situation in which they were even more powerful.
Now, dear visitor, how many times have you been to this blog? If the answer is 'more than once' you will have probably have read a posting about my fears for representative democracy and the rise of 'direct democracy'.
There are a least a dozen such posts (in nine months) on this subject. I don't think any of them have ever had their comment boxes darkened. I never hear anyone actually disagreeing with my views on this when pushed. But I never read anyone else saying similar things either.
a) A lone voice for sanity?
b) A monomaniac fuckwit?
When I started this blog, I was hoping to get a discussion going on a subject that worries many of the people I speak to.
Should I just stick to Football in future?
For the avoidance of doubt, I'm prepared to argue that people who advocate more direct forms of democracy are a greater threat to liberal democracies than a bunch of religious fanatics who have control of a load of passenger aeroplanes over Manhattan.
There. Now, for the love of Jaysus, tell me if I've lost the plot or not. Please?
(... and Radio 4 had the cheek to run a piece saying that Bloggers run the country today! Well, this one certainly doesn't. But if he did, there'd be a few blindfolds and final fags handed out, let me tell you...)
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