Tunisia, Egypt & Yemen

Posted on Feb 5, 2011 by


Tunisia. Egypt. Yemen. Don’t you just love it? Bring it on. Roll on Nigeria, Sudan, Uganda and Zimbabwe. Not that The People have spoken, things only kick off when the middle classes have had enough. Sans-Culottes my arse. Nothing ever happens if only The People are affected.

You have to laugh when you hear the guff spouted by talking heads with an ology banging on about democracy. The UK only became a so called democracy 83 years ago with Womans Suffrage. Not a misprint. Mind you ask many woman today about  Suffrage and you’ll cry. With laughter. Magna Carta was dreamed up by the rich for the rich. A couple of blokes were pissed off because a king who was total pants at war not only lost all their lands, investment and income from France had the balls to try and squeeze theirs to pay for more wars to lose. He was such a crap soldier his nickname was Soft Sword. What did the Great Charter achieve for The People? Zilch.

Along comes Wat the Tyler – not one of The People – who died for The Cause. What did his rallying cry ‘When Adam delved and Eve span who was then the Gentleman?achieve? Sweet f all.

Not much happened after Wat until upper class Cromwell came along.  What did he do for The People except ban everything that made life worth living? He reformed a parliament the great unwashed had no say in.

The Riot Act, passed in 1714, to disperse groups of more than twelve wasn’t repealed until, wait for it, 1973. That was replaced in 1986 with the Public Order Act which banned unlawful assembly of more than three people.

As for freedom of the press. The campaign started in 1770 is still on-going. Tom Paine wrote The Rights of Man demanding free health care (The People got it in 1946).

It took a further fifty years before we were allowed to form trade unions and then only because the government was publicly humiliated. The punishment for signing a secret oath which unions, for obvious reasons, needed, was hanging or transportation. Take your pick. Death or living death. Then one day Thomas Wakley MP stood up in the House of Commons and pointed out to Parliament that the majority of Honourable Members had also signed a secret oath. They were Freemasons.

In the 1800s when the Chartists tried to improve the lot of The People they were executed or deported for treason. That brings us to 1928 and the Pankhurst’s – not The People – who after years of torture in prison got votes for women.

Democracy. At last. Oh yeah. Although an estimated two million demonstrated against the invasion of Iraq The People were completely disregarded. It was only in 2008, parliament got round to drafting a Bill of Rights. As we watch the demonstrations in Egypt, we have no right to complacency. Mind you, history will judge if what replaces Mubarak turns out for the better. Just look at Zimbabwe.

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