Every once in a while, it happens. Sometimes it is bloodless, and sadly sometimes not. The word ‘coup’ has been used in the news recently, but is it accurate?
After a full general election, where the will of all the people was heard, including the plans the major parties published, the majority ruled and the winning party placed in government. It is worth noting that the whole country had the chance to vote, and rightly so.
Next thing you know, the plans of the government are disputed and under scrutiny by a minority who make their feelings known in a big way, and the government now have a problem. They are elected by a large nation wide majority, but then a small but vocal minority make them change course. When a minority stand together, and with a single voice, they make quite a menacing spectacle.
Egypt? No, I am talking about the UK and its aggressive pursuit of achieving same sex marriage. It wasn’t in the manifesto, and in spite of a national consultation, the majority of whom spoke against the idea, the ConDem government still march ahead in the most undemocratic fashion towards its goal of keeping the minority happy. So, Egypt and the UK have some things in common, but where Egypt uses noisy minority demonstrations and force to subdue the majority opinion, the UK has a government that does the dirty work for them, and it is bloodless.
Oh, by the way, there are two definitions of ‘coup’. It can be ‘an overthrow, or the sudden deposition of a government, usually by a small group.’ or in the UK it can also be a ‘place for rubbish.’ Hmmmmm.....