Monday, 30 November 2009
Tuesday, 24 November 2009
Monday, 23 November 2009
Sunday, 22 November 2009
Saturday, 21 November 2009
Friday, 20 November 2009
Thursday, 19 November 2009
Wednesday, 18 November 2009
- 59% of voters thought that "most MPs make a lot of money by using public office improperly"
- 78% agreed that "to win elections, most parliamentary candidates make promises they have no intention of keeping"
- 85% believed that "most MPs will tell lies if they feel the truth would hurt them politically"
And all this before the MPs expenses scandal!
Friday, 13 November 2009
Thursday, 12 November 2009
"The reason that people vest little importance in the electoral process is that the electoral process no longer determines the destiny of the nation. Human rights judges lay down school uniform policy; police chiefs decide whether the possession of cannabis should be treated as a criminal offence; customs officers decree how much tobacco we may buy; Eurocrats forbid us to buy and sell in pounds."
Wednesday, 11 November 2009
Friday, 6 November 2009
Wednesday, 4 November 2009
- The Human Rights Act
- Leadership by Parliament
- The presentation of all sides of an argument on the Interactive Democracy website
- The Golden Rule: the morality of most people in most societies
- The Liberal Media and the ability of stories to engender empathy towards individuals (the ultimate minority)
- The vociferousness of motivated and organised minority groups versus the apathy of the majority (An argument by Mancur Olsen in "The Logic of Collective Action".)
It is sometimes argued that Representative Democracy protects minority interests, especially in the American system where vote trading is the norm, but it is hard to see how such a system works in the UK. My feeling is that fair morality and the liberal tradition are the main lines of defence against the persecution of minorities in Britain.