Consultative representation of people forms the basis of Islamic principle of Shura as well as that of democracy with one person one vote in order to run a family, an organisation, an institution or a nation with equitable decision making, good governance and peaceful transfer of power.
However from time to time, we witness the failure of democratic institutions as a result of the human weaknesses of injustice, discrimination, racism, nepotism and vested interests.
Democracy misfires when check and balances fail due to the monopolisation of vested interest using their power, human or financial.
Kevin Rudd, a former prime minister of Australia while commenting on the current bloodletting in Liberal politics has bluntly attacked Rupert Murdoch, exceutive chairman of News Corp for undermining democracy on three continents while he “operates as a political party, acting in pursuit of clearly defined commercial interests, in addition to his far-right ideological world view”.
In the UK, Murdoch made Brexit possible because of the position taken by his papers.
In the US, Murdoch’s Fox News is the political echo chamber of the far-right which enabled the Tea Party and then the Trump party to stage a hostile take-over of the Republican Party.
In Australia, as in America, Murdoch has campaigned for decades in support of tax cuts for the wealthy, killing action on climate change and destroying anything approximating multiculturalism.
He also accused radio shock jocks like Alan Jones and Ray Hadly as well as Sky News for undermining democracy and in pursuit of their agenda.
Beware, vested interests make democracy toxic.