Last week started with John McDonnell’s bid for union power and a tax grab, dressed up as ‘employee share ownership’; and finished with Unilever plc riding roughshod over the rights of nominee shareowners. Both displayed no reserve at all in using the language of democratic involvement to achieve their own ends. We were warned about such distortions of the truth in Aldous Huxley’s ‘Brave New World’, so don’t imagine that it is restricted to Trump’s America.
One would like to think, after the human race has struggled for the past five millennia with despots seeking domination, that democracy is making progress: and indeed it is in most countries. But it’s one thing to speak of democracy, and quite another to speak of individual rights.
Originally published on 1/10/2018