Had Peter Webb scanned my letter a little more closely he would have realised that democracy has already all but died out (Individuals must be free to vote, December 25).
This is why Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is so important, and why the establishment et al wants rid of him.
Corbyn poses a threat because not only does he consult the people – eg party members over Syria – but he is also determined to make voting effective instead of merely a ritual after the fact.
He directly challenges the established order.
There are those who say his ideas and policies are unrealistic but the establishment is under no illusions of their credibility.
Their own so-called austerity programme, unheard of five years ago yet now the norm across the entire western world, proves the point.
It was the Chartists who defined real democracy as political, social and economic representation.
Much of what this country has lost had been won the hard way through extra-parliamentary activity.
Now we have the chance to regain the loss by more peaceful means. On the nub of Peter’s own letter, the Tories have made it clear that they would not hold a vote on Syrian intervention unless they were sure of winning it.
Meanwhile, they lobbied Labour MPs intensively to press Corbyn for a free vote, which is what they got. The rest you know.
There is an element of returning the favour about this episode. On the eve of the Iraq invasion Tory MPs saved the day for Tony Blair.
This time around, 66 Labour MPs saved David Cameron. Incidentally, Hilary Benn voted for war on both occasions.
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