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UK Democracy in Terminal Decline

Britain, like America, is a terror state, not a democracy.

by Stephen Lendman

Like America, UK democracy long ago passed the point of no return. Arguably it never existed.

Britain's "Democratic Audit" (DA) says it's in terminal decline.

DA is a University of Liverpool-based independent research organization. It studies the quality and effectiveness of UK democracy.

It published three previous audits in 1996, 1999 and 2002. Its new one is damning.

It evaluated UK democracy based on 75 criteria. They're "derived from established international standards...."

"While we note dozens of examples of specific democratic improvements," it said, "our overall assessment suggests that genuine democratic renewal can only arise from a new constitutional settlement for the UK."

It calls a democratic audit "a comprehensive and systematic assessment of a country's political life against some key democratic principles."

What is democracy, it asked? Defining it never proved straightforward. The term derives from the Greek word "demokratia." It means rule of the people. Kratia is rule. Demos is people.

Merriam Webster calls it "government by the people; especially: rule of the majority....directly or indirectly through a system of representation usually involving periodically held free elections."

It also includes "the absence of hereditary or arbitrary class distinctions or privileges."

America and Britain fail the test. DA based its audit on two basic principles:

(1) Popular control: To what degree do UK citizens "exercise control over political decision-makers and the processes of decision-making?"

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