In our latest EdgeNotes we asked subscribers the following question:

The majority of people (76% in the latest poll) support a ceasefire in Gaza, the majority of politicians don’t. What does that say about our democracy?

These were the replies:

Our democracy is conditional. Elections are at the whim of the party in power. Once our votes have been cast; we have no further control of government.

R C P Wells

In the present case (Israel’s attack on Gaza) it means the politicians are not listening and, worse, they don’t give cogent reasons why they disagree. Thus, no dialogue.

Ronald Stockton

It stinks! They simply don’t care about ordinary people, & only care for themselves, their careers, power, & profit.

Celia Read

That a an effectively two-party system needs an overhaul to ensure truly popular views gain representation.

Keith Riley

I wouldn’t call it a democracy.

Teodora Hansen

Simply – it’s broken, only right-wing talking points, propaganda and lies are ever repeated and used against working people and especially the disabled! Sadly only the Green party seems to have kept a semblance of socialism going. Guess they got my vote as an ex-labour voter and supporter for over 40 years. I am especially disgusted and appalled at so-called Labour. Especially their grand leader…

James Kemp

Do we really have a Democracy? We appear to be living in a world where the Rich and Powerful have decided that democracy no longer should be left in the hands of ordinary citizens and that all decisions should be made by the Elite and the Establishment.

CG

It is not representative democracy. Britain does not have a foreign policy independent of the US empire.

Peter

I have no answers, just a question. Why do these leading politicians from Western countries not push for a ceasefire? Is it about oil in the Eastern Mediterranean? There has to be something more than “Israel’s need to defend itself”.

Steve Priestley

It’s broken

Gabriel Peachey

It reinforces the fact that our democracy is in a quagmire of reaction and sinking fast. A revolution would be my first answer to our dire situation. But, failing that, we need working class MPs taking the average wage of a worker, not £80,000. They should not be allowed to do second jobs. The combination of these rules should mean that our representatives concentrate on their day job and are more in touch with their constituents.

Lindsey Baker

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