Democracy at work? updated

I posed this question on Facebook: is the demonstration today democracy at work or is it stopping democracy from working?

Of course, taken literally the answer is both, but the point being made is whether it is acceptable to use your right to freedom of speech to stop those who are democratically elected by the people from doing their job.

Regardless of what or who you believe, regardless of who you voted for, the OBA was elected by a majority to be the Government of Bermuda.

All the MPs were elected in a democratic process to carry out the people’s business.

I would never support any move to take away the right to freedom of speech, or freedom to demonstrate, but having thought about it for a long time – and ever since the last time this happened – it is difficult to support an action that stops those who were elected by the people from doing the people’s business.

Those that are stopping the people’s representatives from working should remember that they do not represent the electorate and that while they have every right to demonstrate and to make their case, they should not stop MPs from doing the job they were elected to do.

There are many people with many concerns about the airport deal – and come the next election they may exercise their right to make those concerns heard at the ballot box.

Clearly that will not stop the deal going ahead but it is sound warning to those in power that this kind of deal will not be tolerated in future by the majority of the people.

Carry on demonstrating, carry on making your voice heard, carry on trying to sway the argument, but let those who were elected by the people do their work.

UPDATE: who authorised the use of riot gear and pepper spray today, of all days?





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