Internet search engine Google has been brought to a standstill as a reported 17.4m people searched for the phrase “Parliamentary Democracy” this morning.
The Daily Mail and The Daily Express took to naming and shaming the three high court judges who ruled yesterday that British law, as laid down in the Magna Carta in 1215 and the Bill of Rights in 1689, takes precedence over your mate’s Facebook posts, the latest Redtop headline or what Dave down the pub swears his brother’s mate said (and he was in the navy so, you know).
The front page of this morning’s Express calls the three honourable Justices “enemies of the people” with the Mail calling for their readers to rise up in protest over the news that the High Court can force this country to follow its own strict laws regarding its own governance. Sadly, a High Court judge can only be removed by the Queen upon an Address of both Houses of Parliament so it would appear that even the combined frothing of the country’s gutter press may have to yeild on that point or risk disappearing in ever decreasing circles up their own patriotic/revolutionary conundrum.
Whilst phrases such as “it was a democratic vote” and “you have to accept the democratic result and move on” have been used with gusto by those wishing to silence the weeping, wailing and renting of clothes from the Remain camp, it has now become clear that we live in what is known as a “Parliamentary Democracy”. This is a system whereby a country holds general elections every four years or so to elect politicians to make the tricky decisions on our behalf.
In their bid to “take back control” and “make Britain Great again” the tabloids seem to have forgotten the it is our system of laws and parliament that has indeed made the UK’s Houses of Parliament a model for governments around the world over the last 801 years.
The Rochdale Herald is pleased to bring you the definition of Parliamentary Democracy as found in the Encyclopedia Britannica in case you can’t be bothered to look it up for yourself:
A parliamentary democracy is a form of government where voters elect the parliament, which then forms the government. The party with the most votes picks the leader of the government. Prime ministers are beholden both to the people and the parliament.