Thursday, 1 March 2012

Ignorance is not bliss ... and democracy is a long way off (e.g. look at the NHS reforms)!

Scientists have suggested the theory of democracy has a key flaw - that most of the public are just too stupid to pick the 'right candidate'!

According to the theory, the democratic process relies on the assumption that a majority of citizens recognise the best political candidate, or best policy idea, when they see it.

However research led by Professor David Dunning, a psychologist at Cornell University, recently showed incompetent people are inherently unable to judge the competence of other people, or the quality of those people's ideas.

This research is misleading however, and for numerous reasons. 

First of all it assumes the majority of people are ignorant/incompetent, which they are not. A good dose of common sense, and a greater sense of community/purpose, can go a long way ... but this has been steadily displaced by a mix of self-interest and greed (modelled by current 'leaders').

Secondly, the research ignores the deep and corrosive influence of all those with vested interests who quietly wield power; from politicians, media tycoons, lobby groups, big business, bankers and landowners. Put these into the mix too and it becomes quickly clear that the vast majority of messages people currently receive are hardly unbiased (e.g. remember 'dangerous climate change' and 'weapons of mass destruction')!

Thirdly, the research assumes that what we now have can be called democracy! Most people in the UK are indeed ignorant/apathetic to how little influence their 'democratic system' actually affords them! People get to have 'a say' ... but only once every five years, and even then, around only 2% of votes actually count/make a difference as to who gains power (i.e. 'swing votes' in marginal constituencies).

Aristotle once said ...

"Democracy is when the indigent, and not the men of property, are the rulers"
"In a democracy the poor will have more power than the rich, because there are more of them, and the will of the majority is supreme"

Given the above, and the self-interest and greed (poweromics) being shown by those wielding power to stop this, it's clear that real democracy is still a long way off ... and will only arise if/when more people stand up for democracy ... 

Take a look at the planned changes to the NHS for instance. The Government are still trying to ignore all the opposition to its NHS bill (n.b. a bill that no-one voted for), from patient groups as well as all the healthcare experts!

The Government is attempting a 'divide and rule' strategy ... and deploying as much misleading PR/spin as it can. It also plans to deflect any blame from increased NHS rationing away from themselves ... and onto local GPs/consortium groups (and are trying desperately to bribe GP's to accept this ... with lots of cash)!

Their 'localism strategy' is being used as a smoke-screen for deflecting blame, to 'divide and rule' and to effectively remove the word 'NATIONAL' out of the National Health Service (NHS) ... creating a complete post code lottery for healthcare in the UK.

Scrapping waiting targets for treatments is also a way to force more people to pay in order to 'queue jump' ... as they will be treated by exactly the same NHS doctors and nurses (n.b. the health bill is seeking to ration healthcare provided free on the NHS, and at the same time allow existing NHS hospitals to use up to 49% of this 'freed up'/'spare capacity' to treat 'private patients')! 

People need to wake up and 'smell the coffee', and stand up and be counted ... or they will lose a vital/cherished service, a National Health Service set up to provide healthcare for all based on clinical need ... and not the ability to pay.