In response to Fandango’s Who Won the Week posts, I have been looking at my own newsfeeds.
I do actually have a winner this week.
I’m overjoyed to announce my winner as Sandra Mason.
Well, this week, Barbados became the world’s newest republic, and this woman was elected its first president by the Barbadian parliament.
And the reason I’m so happy for them is because Barbadians now have the right to do something that I do not – to choose their own Head of State.
Nominally, Ms Mason will serve an initial four-year term. And I hope she does well. If not, she’s accountable to the Barbadian parliament, which has the power to replace her with someone they think is better able to do the job.
That’s something else I’m not able to do, by the way. To hold my Head of State to account. Because monarchs don’t have accountability – they can be as good or as bad as they please, and it doesn’t matter, they have the job for life.
Purely and simply, in this day and age, it’s all about people being given a choice through a ballot box.
When people assert that the UK is a democracy, challenge it. The word Demos means “by the people”. I’m the people, yet I don’t have a say in something as fundamental as who represents me to the world!
When they tell you that the UK is “free”, challenge it. We’re free, just so long as we stay inside the tiny cell into which we’ve been imprisoned.