Who really runs a democratic country?

Guest Post:

Who runs the country in a democracy? Elected politicians or powerful people who are not politicians?

Two unconnected events have occurred recently which highlight the apparent illusion that elected politicians run their own countries. One event was US Supreme Court judges (admittedly appointed by elected politicians) consistently blocking attempts by POTUS to create a travel ban. The other is the “divorce bill” that the European Commission is demanding from the UK for Brexit. The Commission members are not directly elected like the US judges.

In my previous guest post, and in the Mark Steyn/Tucker Carlson clip below, the travel ban is discussed and it looks like another triumph for Trump but it took a year!

The “divorce bill” could be around $50 billion …

The UK has bowed to EU demands on the Brexit divorce bill in a move that could result in the UK paying £50bn to Brussels, in an attempt to get France and Germany to agree to move negotiations to trade.

Non-stop behind-the-scenes negotiations have led to a broad agreement by the UK to a gross financial settlement of £89bn on leaving the bloc, although the British expect the final net bill to be half as much.


How have these figures been derived? A columnist for Forbes describes this “divorce bill” as being exactly the same as the “cost of staying in the EU”.

This isn’t a divorce bill at all, this is the cost of membership of the European Union. Of course, it’s very nice of M. Barnier to make clear how high that cost is, isn’t it?


Michel Barnier is Chief EU Negotiator and he is reported to dream about replacing Jean-Claude Juncker when his term ends in 2019.

Who will ever know the main motivations behind Brexit that carried the day? Uncontrolled immigration and its consequences? Too much control from Brussels and its costs? Whatever the reason the UK democracy has spoken and, slowly, the will of the majority is to move the country in the direction they have chosen.

Under Trump, the US democracy has put in place immigration control that he campaigned on and won.

Has democracy been too slow? Time will tell. I believe Mark Steyn thinks so and his dialogue with Tucker Carlson is worth 4.5 minutes.

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