"It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried."
- The manifesto of the winning party is always implemented... No it isn't - so how do we choose which party to vote for?
- MPs reflect the opinions of the majority in their constituency... How do they know?
- MPs always act on their convictions... So what are the party whips for?
- MPs always tell the truth... And there's no such thing as spin?
- Your vote can sway the result... Your vote is one in many hundreds of thousands and carries little influence.
- Anyone can become a Member of Parliament... There are only 640 odd seats in the commons, so the odds are pretty slim.
- All aspects of an argument are presented in debate... Points of view are as diverse as peoples experiences and can never be fully communicated in debate.
- All pertinent information is presented and analysed by Parliament... Information is virtually infinite and decisions can never be fully informed.
- Parliament makes logical and rational decisions... There is no set of standards for decision making as would be the case in, say, testing an aircraft wing structure to ensure safety.
- Politicians are experts in decision making... And are well qualified in statistical analysis?
- Politicians are mostly altruistic... Freud may disagree - he identified many sub-conscious motivators.
- Consequences of decisions can be predicted and fully considered by dedicated professional politicians... Consequences can never be fully predicted because of chaos and complexity theory.
- Politicians represent the will of the people... How do they know what the majority want?
- A small group of intelligent politicians make better decisions than a large group of average people... Large groups of dissimilar people have more experience to draw on than a small group with similar experiences.
- Multi-faceted decisions, such as those in a General Election can be calculated rationally... Multi-faceted decisions are much harder to decide than single issues.
(Politicians have special skills that are needed in Interactive Democracy and, despite the above comments, I feel it is everyone's duty to vote.)