Thursday, June 19, 2008

What is the opposite of 'paraphrase'?

Have you noticed how the political commentariat hates elections? It regards them as vulgar, foreign, exhibitionist and unpredictable. To those without any responsibility for anything, they are mere concessions to everything that we have learned about what makes for a legitimate democracy. If journalists did not insist on them, referendums would have been abolished long ago as demagogic gimmicks to appease populist sentiment.

There is no other explanation for the commentariat's reaction to Ireland's weekend vote on the Lisbon treaty and to David Davis's resignation over 42-day-detention.

OK, OK, I've changed a few words here and there. The Guardian's subs had clearly taken the day off when Jenkins submitted this. There can be no other explanation for not changing the last word of the first sentance from 'elections' to 'referendums' which is what Jenkins' article is actually about. It is an outrageous thing to let him get away with.

It is the Fortuynist Jenkins that hates elections, hates politicians, and hates the institutions of liberal representative democracy. If every day were a referendum, then we'd be governed by newspapers and well-heeled pressure groups. We'd have closed borders, capital punishment for minor offences and a thousand other liberal delights.

By the way, his appropriation of Bernard Crick in the later paragraphs of that article - in support of referendums - is just outrageous. I hope Prof. Crick has been informed?

Jenkins the Fortuynist has form for this as well.

2 comments:

Ian_QT said...

Why is it that your posts so often seem to come down to 'we can't be letting the people have much of a say in things, because they might not vote the way I think they should'?

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