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Democracy depends on Victory for Corbyn

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Like all political movements the concept of democracy works better in theory than it does in practice. Democracy’s weakness is that it enfranchises those at the bottom of society and reduces the power of political elites who want to keep power for themselves. The response from the political classes has always been the same – to create parties that give the illusion of democracy,  Parties designed to cut across the interests of the common man without him even noticing.

Evidence in modem Britain is not hard to find. MPs earn a ‘basic’ salary that is 300% more than that of the average voter and extravagant expenses allow our political masters to employ teams of cronies and family members on generous terms and for MPs to retire to sinecures in the House of Lords or to highly paid boardrooms. Scions of established politicians are shoed-in to safe seats, establishing political dynasties below the radar but fundamentally against the principle of democracy. Inequality in Britain is as great today as it was in Victorian times.

Of course it’s not just about power: it’s also about money. Tony Blair built a £65million fortune; the recently sacked Michael Gove has just signed a six figure deal as a Times columnist, whilst his good friend George Osborne has joined the after-dinner speakers’ circuit, commanding £10,000 an hour and David Cameron is lining up directorships and book deals that will net him over £5million next year alone. Keith Vaz, darling of the left, it transpires owns six houses. Niro Deva, MP for Brentford, holds three directorships, six consultancies and has interests in tea, property, tobacco and rubber.

More significantly still the apparatchiks in our political parties have established political machines that cut out the democratic will so effectively that many ordinary citizens see themselves as irrelevant and forgotten, emaciated and ignored, represented by remote figures more interested in their own careers and in using the cloak of democracy to disguise nefarious ambition. And often the very poorest pay higher taxes and housing costs than millionaires in the House of Commons. Out of the 29 members of the last Government, 23 were millionaires.

In a two-party state the monopoly of power is firmly in the grip of the political class and no-one from outside can do anything about it. Or so it seemed, until by accident not design, a crack in the door allowed Jeremy Corbyn to enter. Corbyn appeals directly to the forgotten and the disenfranchised. For the first time since Liberals wrestled away the votes of working men 100 years ago their descendants truly have a voice that speaks for them and to them.

And as the roar of democracy begins to swell there is a tangible stench of panic amongst those whose own vested interests are now being questioned. It is no wonder that MPs, the media, the business community, legal profession and property developers are lining up to attack Corbyn. Democracy is a dangerous prospect for anyone with power.