Alexander Fraser Lytler (also Lord Woodhouselee) had it right:
A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the majority discovers it can vote itself largess out of the public treasury. After that, the majority always votes for the candidate promising the most benefits with the result the democracy collapses because of the loose fiscal policy ensuing, always to be followed by a dictatorship, then a monarchy.
And for evidence I present you a snapshot of the British public's sympathies and their overwhelming socialist tendencies: