In the original post, yesterday, I said:
“Second – how close Syria’s Ambassador came to justifying dictatorship. Of course, he wasn’t referring to Syria. It was in the abstract. Of course. The argument is that democratically elected leaders aren’t held accountable for four or five years (we were talking about the Iraq war – 2 million people marching in the streets of London couldn’t change Blair’s mind). In a dictatorship, his argument went, leaders have to be much quicker in reacting to public opinion to maintain the frail mandate they cling on to.
It’s a valid claim and an interesting critique of democracy. I’m not sure if that justifies dictatorship though.”
I completely forgot to mention this excellent post by Yaman, which came to my mind as the argument was going on at SOAS.