Beware the popular vote

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Democracy is wonderful isn’t it?

People write to the Echo saying so – especially Brexiteers who enjoyed their night of triumph last June.

Was there ever a better example of direct democracy than the referendum? Even though many voters were making their own personal protests, not necessarily about the EU.

Winston Churchill said the best argument against democracy is a five minute conversation with the average voter. Was he joking?

Even if you take an interest in current affairs you still only have one vote.

Democracy, like football, is great when you’re on the winning side. If your lose you just shrug your shoulders and accept the result. It certainly does not mean the dictatorship of the majority, though some Echo readers seem to think so.

Let’s give three cheers for democracy.

Labour activists worship Mr Corbyn, so the rest of us are stuck with him.

The Russians elect a ‘thug’ as their President, and now we have Mr Trump going into the White House. Americans have sent out a message to the world – they would rather vote for Trump than a woman.

Beware of populist politicians waiting to take advantage of discontent.

Remember who the Germans voted for in 1932. They were angry and disillusioned, and wanted to give the establishment a good kicking.

C J Napier