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Bold challenge to the status quo
on 12 June 2014
Manuel Arriaga makes a cogent case for reinventing in this concise and readable book. I think it is well worth a read - in my beat as a former Britain correspondent for the Economist, covering the 2010 general election in the UK, and as a former political producer for BBC Newsnight, as well as working as a researcher for the Labour party in the House of Commons and the Lords in the 1990's, it became gruesomely apparently to me that our democracy worked more in breach than in reality. Politicians were led by the press - now, more and more, as the Internet has taken control of the press, with live web analytics, it is not clear who is leading whom. In many ways anarchy reigns, rather than democracy. If we want to take back control of our democracy we need to participate as citizens, at every level. Manuel Arriaga shows, with some very good examples, how democracy can work. Of course it can have unforeseen consequences - Swiss voters had the right, and used it, to vote in a referendum, to introduce quotas on immigration. That is democracy in action. Not always pleasant - but at least the case for and against is argued, in the open, and people have real power. This book is well worth a read.