Friday, 7 December 2007

The Problems With Democracy

Here's a list:

  1. Funding
  2. The Party Whip undermining the ability of MPs to represent their constituents or, even, their own conscience
  3. Spin and lies
  4. Unfulfilled manifestos
  5. General elections rest on voters making complex choices that mingle personality and policy
  6. Top down not bottom up
  7. Inaccurate information
  8. Statistical naivety
  9. Low voter power
  10. First past the posts skews electoral power
  11. Point scoring debates and sound bite politics
  12. Pursuit of the centre ground leading to stagnation politics
  13. Little voter choice
  14. Little connection with voters
  15. MPs can't represent the views of their constituents because they don't know what the majority of them think
  16. Local and European politics aren't well presented in the media

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