Has anyone noticed? Brexit. Trump. Leonard Cohen.

Has anyone noticed, there is quite a lot of stuff going on in the World?

Far be it from me to prepare a coherent narrative or seek to explain a year which includes Brexit, Trump and the passing of Leonard Cohen.

There does seem to be scope for a re-reading of the words of H. L.Mencken who was never a fan of the democratic process. He said many sage things, and he said about a hundred years ago  “No one ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American Public”, “For every complex problem there is an answer which is clear, simple and wrong” and “Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance, so that on some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron”.

Contrariwise, it was Winston Churchill who explained that, on the one hand, “Democracy is the worst form of Government except all those other forms which have been tried from time to time” and, on the other “The best argument against Democracy is a five minute conversation with the average voter.”

So, best wait and see I imagine.

Last week in England we had the judgment of the High Court in Miller re Brexit link here

The decision was derided by that bastion of fairness and liberty the Daily Mail, apparently not least because one of the Judges is an “openly gay ex-Olympic fencer”. [Cue misogynist, racist, homophobic muttering about “all of those openly gay ex-Olympic fencer High Court Judges, coming over here, from wherever openly gay ex-Olympic fencing Judges come from, taking our jobs, medals and boyfriends”].

Even in the more rational newspapers, columnists see the Court decision as a politicised declaration of judicial opinion rather than what it is intended to be, an honest exposition of the laws of the United Kingdom. A UKIP Member has said “Should not the Judges be subject to some sort of democratic control?”

Like Hitler, who replaced all the Judges, not only the gay athletic ones?

J.K. Rowling tweeted “Yes and why stop at Judges? So sick of unelected Doctors deciding what’s wrong with me”

If I may, I would refer you to what I think is the coolest analysis, and best, of the Brexit Court case, from the Lawyer magazine. Link here.

Anyway, let’s stay cheerful. In the words of the late Mr Cohen, “I have seen the future,
baby: It is murder.”

You sing along now – link here

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