Beastrabban\’s Weblog is written by my brother, the eminent Doctor David Sivier. Here he discusses the origins of British and American democracy, as found in the thoughts and writings of fellow West Country boy John Locke.
Of particular note to our current Conservative/Liberal Democrat government should be the quotation about political power: “It can have no other end or measure, when in the hands of the magistrate, but to preserve the members of that society in their lives, liberties, and possessions, and so cannot be an absolute, arbitrary power over their lives and fortunes, which are as much as possible to be preserved.” As much as possible, to be preserved.
Oh dear. It looks as though our Coalition friends need to hit their history books and learn what it means to be a representative of the people again.
If they ever did it before.