#Official Commentary of Ekaterina Martyanova on mutation of democracy in Western countries
Western Europe and the United States taught the rest of the world democratic values for many years and positioned itself as a model of democracy. However, recent events in world history have undermined this carefully created image. One example of conformity of democratic values to real action can be seen in the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union.
First of all, let us recall what democracy is. It is a political system, where political power is exercised by the majority of citizens, who can freely express their will.
We can see a very interesting situation in the UK. The people of the United Kingdom voted in favor of leaving the EU in a referendum of 2016. It turned out to be a surprise for many people, nevertheless, according to the results of the referendum, the British government expressed its willingness to withdraw from the EU. And now the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom held that the government should seek Parliament’s approval before Britain can start the process for leaving the European Union. It turns out that an expressed will of the people of Great Britain must be approved by its representatives. And the question is: can we call it a democracy (the rule of the people), if the will of the people may not be approved by the elected people’s representatives?
Therefore it turns out that the authority in this ‘democratic state’ is not vested upon the people, but people’s representatives, who may not the referendum to become a reality, and which means to disobey wishes of the people, who have elected them. In particular, we are talking about the House of Lords, where the majority does not support the withdrawal from the EU. Of course, members of the government assure of unshakable loyalty in a political course, which has been set by the results of the referendum. However, there is still a possibility of a ban against the withdrawal of the UK from the EU.
The whole thing with the Dutch referendum concerning coexistence with Ukraine did not develop in favor of democracy in its purest form. Apparently, the mutation of democratic regimes, which many people call ‘American-style democracy’, do not include the rule of people’s will. Why do not they announce it publicly? Are Western patrons afraid of someone? If so, such rulers should cancel any plebiscites, the results of which are not congruent with their opinions.
In conclusion, I would like to note that it is much easier to give other lessons in democracy and criticize for non-conformity with the principles than to comply with them in own country. I would like to remind the representatives of ‘Western democracies’, who forget about an imperfection of their own state system, but who eagerly criticize decisions of other countries.
Ekaterina Martyanova, the DPR People’s Council deputy