Fiddling the public

Different ways of doing democracy. Or the ways those in power control decisions:

Ignore the choice: The people of Ireland voted against the European Treaty but they can’t be allowed to say no, so corrupt Eurocrats decide they have to vote again on exactly the same Treaty.

Limit the choice: The de Menezes tube shooting jury weren’t allowed to return an unlawful killing verdict. They return an ‘open verdict’ and nothing changes. Police would act in exactly the same way again.

Punish the choice: The people of Manchester voted ‘no’ to the proposed congestion charging zone. The government will punish the people of Manchester by holding back on transport regeneration money.

Deny the choice: Still, Londoners didn’t even get a vote before the Congestion Zone was imposed in 2003.

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