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COVID + DEMOCRACY

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Graham Perry
Experienced Arbitration Lawyer | China & Chinese Business Affairs | Public Speaker/Lecturer.

GOOD MORNING FROM LONDON #200

Covid is Covid + Democracy is Democracy. There is no link. The First is a Medical Issue + the Second is a Political Issue. Well, No!

The pictures of helplessness + despair in India as hospitals turn away millions of Indian people desperate for medical treatment for Covid-19, makes you realise that the organisation of people’s health + the availability/distribution of oxygen canisters is a question of the administration of government throughout the country. In India today, the Indian government cannot cope. Indian democracy is failing the Indian people.

It poses a key question – is Democracy about ‘one man one vote’, and the rule of Parliament? Or is it about much more – the well-being of the people. Isn’t the first requirement of democracy to provide good government for its people? Why study Rousseau, Thomas Paine, Dicey, + Talcott Parsons to find the best academic definition of democracy when their democratic procedures fail the population throughout the biggest Western democracy in the world – India?

At the end of the day democracy is about governance + freedom,
Are you free if hospitals turn you away?

 

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