Nick Busvine: What Price Democracy Now?

In much of the world, political power equals money – and democracy is fine, just so long as I am guaranteed to win.  The ability of ordinary voters in many parts of the world to hold their governing class to account is laughably remote.  Two consequences generally flow from this: corruption on a massive scale by those entrenched in power; and, in the end, a violent backlash from desperate people who feel utterly abandoned and betrayed – and who opt to make a fight of it. 

Harper: Angry and Shrill ‘Scholars’ Not What Was Needed

Alexander Hamilton: "The delicacy and magnitude of a trust which so deeply concerns the political reputation and existence of every man engaged in the administration of public affairs, speak for themselves. The difficulty of placing it rightly, in a government resting entirely on the basis of periodical elections, will as readily be perceived, when it is considered that the most conspicuous characters in it will, from that circumstance, be too often the leaders or the tools of the most cunning or the most numerous faction, and on this account, can hardly be expected to possess the requisite neutrality towards those whose conduct may be the subject of scrutiny."

The Abolition of Britain

There is a little-heard counterview to the main narrative: the IRA, far from brave, sued for peace because the military tide had turned against them. The two previous years in the late 1980s were the first and second since the Troubles began in which more Republican than Loyalist paramilitaries were killed. If this is correct, the Provos sued for peace because they were scared, not because they were brave.

The People’s Vote Mess

The ‘witty slogans’ and Enid Blyton-esque picnic lunches beloved of those who marched for a People’s Vote are, on the face of it, harmless enough. But at the heart of the campaign, these twee trappings give way to a darker reality. Remain politics has become an elite status symbol, encouraging a form of dinner-party politics which is antithetical to democracy.

Larry C. Johnson: Will Inspector General Horowitz Drop the Hammer on the FBI for FISA Abuse?

The fact of the matter is that, in waging a scorched earth, no-holds-barred war of “Resistance” against this Administration, it is the Left that is engaged in the systematic shredding of norms and the undermining of the rule of law. This highlights a basic disadvantage that conservatives have always had in contesting the political issues of the day.

Boris the Betrayer?

No doubt, we can look forward to continued mass immigration, the continued flogging off our national assets, the continued forced diversification of our society and deconstruction of our way of life, the decimation of our countryside as our global population soars.

Bill Blain: Melt up or down?

There is massive danger is a reeling bond market.  If we see rising yields morph into a serious bond market meltdown, the melt-up in stocks could split and go rancid very quickly. Rising rates have massive negative implications for corporate credit and without the juice of further central bank easing – stock markets could well lose heart.

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