Dangerous Waste Precedent

Donald Trump has left an unenviable mark on the American political system, as well as on America’s reputation in the world. And despite all the anger, disgust and disbelief that we hear of, it’s equally important to bear in mind that he has a solid 40 percent approval rating.

Read More
saqib qureshi
Canadian Democracy: Back To Hibernation

With the Canadian elections over, Canucks will soon be reminded of the political reality of Western democracy today. Democracy has begun its hibernation for a few years. As I’ve argued in my blogs, democracy is not the same as the mere election of representatives in a legislature.

Read More
saqib qureshi
What is this ‘Democracy’?

Most political words are used in so many diverse ways that they are now limp, perhaps no so more than ‘democracy’. It’s currently being beaten silly in Brexit and in US federal politics – specifically, everybody’s opponent apparently is undemocratic.

Read More
saqib qureshi
Canada’s Wait For Godot

Yesterday, Canadians voted in what was one of the country’s closest elections in decades. Poll trackers for the 43rd federal election put the Liberal and Conservative parties hovering somewhere around 33 percent of total votes, with the NDP at about 21 percent.

Read More
saqib qureshi
Government and People – Mind The Gap

Americans are upset - on average, they think that their federal government spends 28 percent of the budget on foreign aid.This percentage is simply unacceptable given that 1 in 5 American kids live in poverty.Almost 50 percent of Americans thus oppose the levels of foreign aid which their government throws about.And they rightly exert pressure on Congress and the Executive to get this spending under control.

Read More
saqib qureshi
A People’s Government

One of the challenges of Western democracies is in expressing the will of the people. It shouldn’t be because after all that is what democracy is meant to be about, but it is – in no small measure because what we have isn’t the direct democracy that was practiced by male Athenians back in the day, but an indirect democracy.

Read More
saqib qureshi
Impeachment is a Red Herring

Despite the multiple scandals which surround Donald Trump, including abusive comments about women, allegations of sexual harassment, allegations of fraud, incessant and persistent lying, racism - both general and against multiple ethnic and religious groups, conflicts of interest, nepotism, allegations of blackmail and more …

Read More
A Representative Government

Donald Trump’s cabinet, excluding him, of 23 people in July 2019 had a net worth of US$3.2 billion.Each cabinet member had an average net worth of more US$139 million and if we included Trump’s own net worth, that number would almost double.

Read More
saqib qureshi
A Democracy … Without Its Citizens

Modern democracy is an odd thing. This is how it works in Britain.The political parties nominate their candidates for the 650 constituencies, tending to give the folk who they like those contests which are easier to win (known as ‘safe seats’). As a first step, we as citizens don’t choose who stands for election. Political parties do that.

Read More