Churchill (Winston, cigar-wielding who was PM in the wartime coalition) said "... democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried."
It was just after he'd been voted out. A vote of thanks for the war effort, you know? He was actually a bit of an upper-class cove, was Winnie, but hey?
Anyway, my point. As those of you who know penguins will be aware, I write this shite so people can correct me. I'm not at all cocky. I'm often wrong.
But this is what I think. At the moment.
Democracy means people power (from the Greek). That's a laugh, in itself. That it's people power. And Greek. Two laughs, right there.
Anyway, it means that you get a choice, and make it. I'd like to try that form of government, I would.
Because, dear reader, at the moment you get a choice of two and a bit. You get Conservative, or Tory, and you get Labour, or Socialist, and you get the other bit which is Liberal, or Nick Clegg.
Now, please don't think this is right, but DO tell me how wrong I am.
Conservatives are posh. Or, to put it another way, people who live in England with jobs or half a chance of getting one.
Labour are Scottish, Welsh, career educationalists and other people who like that way of life. Or unemployed and probably unemployable and with no qualms about doing absolutely fuckall for the whole of their natural lives. There are also some who think that the Tories are evil but they have jobs so they become champagne socialists. Believe me, that isn't meant to be rude.
Liberals truly think that there is another way. I think that they mostly think the other lot are shite, and so do I, but somehow think the Liberals (Nick Clegg) are different. I don't.
As I see it, people are either scared of Labour getting in (I know I am), or scared of the Tories getting in (I know I am), and if they're not scared they either vote Liberal (Nick Clegg) or emigrate.
And now it's worse. Labour are Tories, and Conservatives are Labiral Dimocrats. And Nick Clegg would sell his grandmother.
ALL they give a toss about is POWER. My MP told me that in not quite so many words.
And you know what? I might be a penguin, but I love democracy. I honestly think we should give it a go. Because Churchill was right then. And he's still right now.
Somebody put me straight?