Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 21 September 2014

Democracy is fine but it's not without flaws

WITH the continuing unrest in the Arab world in its struggle for democracy, as well as considerable apathy in existing democracies, perhaps we should take the time to inform the democracy activists about a few simple facts.

First off, democracy takes time. It can take decades, even centuries. It took Britain centuries to evolve from the absolute feudal monarchy of William the Conqueror to a powerful representative body. Secondly, democracy has its flaws.

I only wish to help those just being introduced to democracy to avoid disillusionment.

COLIN SMITH

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