- By Amy Porter
Death of democracy in the UK
David Cameron is not exactly what you would call a popular leader, but in the last 12 months more and more questions have been raised about his legality.
Ever since day one of the 2015 elections the UK exploded with anti-government protests. Then of course there was Piggate and now a whole new scandal; war crimes, to add to the list of complaints such as; austerity, the funding, arming and support of genocide in Palestine, appalling government services, mass police corruption and brutality, over surveillance, media censorship, government propaganda and the list continues.
Protesters often call for the end of illegal invasions, regime changes and the supporting of genocide in return for more investment into a collapsing and failing domestic system using the hashtag #CutWarNotServices, or a variation of such.
In the capital London anti-government protests have become a daily norm, an expected part of every day life in a city that has had enough of who is rapidly being seen as an illegal totalitarian dictator. But today in Manchester an estimated 30’000 plus, joined London in solidarity and the stance against absolute corruption and the death of democracy.
Today a UN spokesman has publicly called the UK’s involvement in the bombing, invasion, dismembering and illegal regime changes in; Iraq, Syria, Libya, Afghanistan and Yugoslavia war crimes.
Both David Cameron and Tony Blair have faced international claims of war crimes.
In particular it was the bombing of a #medicinssansfrontiers hospital in Afghanistan that has raised public concern back in the UK as well as drawing accusations of war crimes from the international community. Nato is saying it may have been a US bomber that destroyed the Kunduz hospital, but the sentiment that UK involvement in an ever increasing list of illegal wars has to stop is reverberating strongly with the protesters today.
This comes the day after Cameron very publicly condemned Russia for bombing Syria, on the same day Cameron has just ordered more unmanned drones to bomb Syria and Iraq.
Cameron’s latest legal issues:
- October 2015: Cameron orders unmanned drones to enforce regime change in Syria and Iraq. Largely held as illegal
- October 2015: Cameron’s involvement in US and Nato military missions and the actions of the British forces over seas declared war crimes by the UN.
- September 2015; Cameron targets British citizens abroad with drone missiles. Without any charges, attempted arrests, Interpol warrants or trials. Largely held as illegal
- September 2015; Accusations and claimed evidence of Cameron committing an act of bestiality emerged. No investigation undertaken. Despite this breaching security clearance protocol, Cameron remains in power. Largely held as illegal
- September 2015; Cameron ignores petitions signed by hundreds of thousands of citizens calling for; him to step down, the end of austerity measures, an immediate halt on overseas military action, an end to the funding of genocide in Palestine. Despite the UK law that all petitions signed by 100’000 people or more must be considered for official parliamentary debate.
The approval ratings summarise Cameron’s leadership perfectly; depending on which ‘official’ poll you read his approval rating varies from 20% to 52%.
The International ran an opinion poll of our own to see how the figures compared. 1’000 people from 9 locations across London were asked the question “Do you think David Cameron is the right man to lead the country?” 184 said yes.
Approve of Mr. Cameron or not the question is raised as to how, in a western democracy, a leader who faces daily protests to resign and is accused of war crimes, is still tightening his grip on power.