Tuesday, 5 February 2013
Tearing down the ancient walls
Tonight before the disastrous vote in favour of Gay Marriage a couple of women living in a Civil Partnership were interviewed on BBC Wales. In the interview when asked about the prospective vote in Parliament, one of the couple commented that it should go through because the majority of the people in Britain are in favour of it. Following on from that logic if a vote was taken in favour of the reintroduction slavery or the legalization of bestiality then on those grounds as long as the majority of people thought it was okay then wrong suddenly becomes right?
I recognize that we live in a democracy and that it is, generally a good thing, but it is not perfect. Winston Churchill acknowledged that in 1947 when he wrote: "Many forms of Government have been tried, and will be tried in this world of sin and woe. No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed, it has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time." It's the best of a bad lot but it is flawed and the vote tonight to legislate Gay Marriage is one of the most clear indications of that truism. In fact Art Spander's quote about democracy - at least in this instance - perfectly fits the bill. He said: "The great thing about democracy is that it gives every voter a chance to do something stupid." In this instance 'stupid' is an understatement. Dangerous would be more apt.