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As I keep telling you, it's not a choice of two. People can (and do) vote for the other parties (and actually, the combined share of votes the Big Three recieve actually *FALLS* every decade, meaning that the influence of the other parties is growing! Northern Ireland has just had its' own Assembly elections and will posess a high level of autonomy and power-sharing between the DUP and Sinn Fein (provided the paramilitaries don't start the Troubles again!), so does Wales, and Scotland may well choose independence this very year, thanks to the efforts of the SNP, which is predicted by some to make a final breakthrough this year, most Scots and perhaps more suprisingly, an even larger majority of English favouring independence for Scotland!|
"That means the people have been pretty lazy for the past century in the U.K, Australia and the U.S"
Not necessarily. It means that they have chosen to vote the two main parties for Parliament the last century. Not lazy, just their choice. And as I have pointed out, they are making choices for themselves - no, there are not referendums every week, but any part of the UK that wishes to split off is free to do so. So any part of the UK which is unhappy with the voting choices made by the majority is free to go it alone and become independent.
I agree with you that it is not a democracy by the original Athenian definition, which involves direct participation by citizens in the working of their government, but rather a republic, in which we make a decision to put our trust in a government to make decisions which we believe reflect our interests. You may well have a point, maybe it would be preferable if more frequent referenda were held. :) Still, our system of government is among the most representative that exist in the world today, blemishes and all.
Can you suggest any reasons to justify why you consider multi party republics to be worse than authotarian governments? For example, can you suggest any good reasons why the China Democracy Party (supressed on the mainland since 1997) should not be permitted to challenge the CCP for the leadership of the Chinese government?
[ Last edited by irishinuk at 2007-3-10 09:10 PM ]