How the establishment are undermining democracy and what they’re afraid of.
Following the controversial Brexit vote in 2016 and the recent election of Donald Trump, there are many who are now questioning the democratic process. What is the role of democracy in the world today and is it under threat? These issues and more are explored by Mick Hume in his latest book.
Hume challenges politicians, academics and media figures who claim to support democracy but, due to their dismay at the Brexit vote and the Trump election, these very same people now seek to undermine the democratic process. For instance, many now call for a second EU referendum in an effort to reverse the 2016 result, or suggest that various checks and balances should be inserted into the voting process. Others strongly criticise those who voted for Brexit and Trump, and claim that these results mean the democratic process needs to be changed. Professor Richard Dawkins, for example, is quoted stating that “it is unfair to thrust on to unqualified simpletons the responsibility to take historic decisions of great complexity and sophistication.”
Hume presents a brief history of democracy (or rather as he puts it “anti-democracy”) describing how, throughout history, powerful elites have restricted peoples’ right to vote. Hume believes that peoples’ right to be involved in the democratic process is currently in danger of erosion.
Hume welcomes the Brexit vote because he regards the European Union as a key block to democracy. He argues that despite its appearance – of being a modern and progressive democratic union – the EU, in fact, elevates bureaucracy over national interests and democracy. Hume is critical of the European Commission as an unelected – and therefore unaccountable – executive that creates and polices thousands of EU rules and regulations. This means that individual nations must abide by decisions made without the consent of their national citizens who are those most affected. Hume concludes that the EU sucks the life out of politics and deadens democracy.
This book is a passionate defence of democracy and freedom of speech. Hume makes it quite clear that he supports the masses in their right to be fully involved in the democratic process. The book is a fast-paced read and draws from many sources which are given reference citations, allowing interested readers to follow up Hume’s arguments in greater depth.
By John Carter, a Solicitor specialising in Commercial Property at Raworths LLP Solicitors
Mick Hume is appearing in conversation with Douglas Murray at Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival on Sunday 22nd October at 10.30am. Find out more and book now.