A massive problem throughout the UK and the wider democratic world is people complaining endlessly about the results of elections and referenda.
Take the Brexit vote for example. Brexit was voted for by a slim majority, but it was a majority nonetheless. So, the Leave vote succeeded and a torrent of abusive, often vile, and always ridiculous rhetoric came forth, with the underlying idea that the vote was undemocratic. As it was revealed, a majority of people in Northern Ireland and a majority of people in Scotland voted to remain in the EU, which apparently made the final decision undemocratic, despite the entire UK vote bringing a “Leave” result.
People, somehow, are still complaining about this, half a year on. Independence referenda are being called for again! It’s nonsense. The only redeeming factor here is that these people are, understandably, disappointed that a decision they voted for didn’t come out as the majority opinion. They’re disappointed, but that doesn’t excuse their ill-informed rants about undemocratic decision making. It’s completely democratic. It’s the very embodiment of democracy.
It’s not just Remain voters complaining about the vote either. The same is happening within the “Leave” camp. Over the past few days, news has broken that the Supreme Court ruled that Theresa May and her undemocratic Government would have to get Parliament’s permission to trigger Article 50 and start the process of leaving the EU. This, and other anti-Government court rulings since the vote, have been complained about time and again. This is democracy at its very best, and it’s being attacked from all sides.
Let’s be clear, just because you don’t like the result of a vote doesn’t mean you can say it was undemocratic. Sometimes you’re going to be on the losing side. If people vote on something and the majority decision is acted upon, then democracy has succeeded in doing its job, whether or not it is to the detriment of the voters. Whether or not you or I like it.
Having said all that, non-voting complainers are the absolute worst, and you see them all the time. If you refuse to vote on things, for whatever reason, what on earth gives you the right to complain about the result? It’s the same as complaining about being offended. You don’t have the right to like everything that everyone says.
In the most “wordy” way possible – It’s not a fundamental human right to not be offended, and it’s not a fundamental human right to complain about something that you could have changed but decided not to.