Friday 9 December 2016

Word democracy is meaningless

Published 18/05/2010 | 05:00

And so this appalling Government starts to repeat history. The very worst governments have always had to reinforce the police and army to protect themselves from the people they are oppressing.

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In ancient Rome, modern China, Zimbabwe and Russia, for instance, one can understand. Thailand, formerly quite a peaceful country, now declares live-fire areas for the police.

However, the governments of the US, the UK and Ireland, where the gardai are now taking special lessons in "crowd control", are supposed to represent the people. We now know for certain that that is not true, don't we? So what does the word democracy actually mean?

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