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Paul Whelan

Display name: Paul Whelan
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Writer in South Africa analysing rather than moralising

As Britain displays every symptom of an advanced stage of madness, the key symptom being total paralysis, here’s what.

Democracy in practice means representative democracy, not direct democracy, a popular term for a form that does not exist and is never defined or critically examined beyond claims for it being 'real' or 'true' democracy.

If South Africa’s democracy falls far short at the moment, there is only one solution. “The cure for the evils of democracy,” wrote the American journalist and scholar H L Mencken, “is more democracy.”

There are two sides to every argument. They predictably followed as soon as the opposition Democratic Alliance's motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma failed to carry on August 8.

In my view, politics is about power; that is ts nature and how I approach and look at the subject. This does not mean that ethics has no role whatever and that principle is always ignored.

They say we live in a post-factual age where we decide things irrationally, purely on our emotional feel, and most of that is decided on line.

Politics in the end is someone’s personal responsibility as well as the impersonal art of the possible.

There will be minority governments locally, whether they are led by the African National Congress or the Democratic Alliance, but count the Economic Freedom Fighters out.

There will be some kind of renegotiation now because it is unavoidable. Britain is 'in Europe' whether it likes it or not: it's called History and Geography. There is no way out of either of them.

If Reeva's parents wish these photos to be published, who should be able to overrule them? Who would 'know better' than Barry and June?

People forget that the German Nazi Party were also 'socialist': they were national socialist. As such, they claimed to speak for 'the people', 'the people' of Germany - or, as they put it, the volk.


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