Monte Carlo Posted May 3, 2015 Share Posted May 3, 2015 Without being complacent, and whether you want to look at it from 1215 (Magna Carta) or 1801 (Act of Union, which created the UK), or any point inbetween, our political and parliamentary systems have worked reasonably well. It enabled the UK to rule most of the known world, sustain a monarchy and never suffer a violent internal uprising or revolution. I'm not including Ireland of course, they are proper mad. Not bad for a very small, usually wet island full of eccentric drunkards. British systems and practices work because they manage the tautology of being both hidebound and elastic at the same time. This is usually achieved by absorbing radical new ideas and people into the fold and convincing them they were part of the natural way of things all along. It drives some people mad. Again, it seems to work. Now we have the situation we're in. Part of this is due to communications - we all now belong to many simultaneous groupings that transcend any single political party or doctrine. I can choose from three hundred TV channels but only one Member of Parliament. As those pesky Millenials like to say, WTF? We've got identikit career politicians, all fighting over the same centrist ground. We've got a culture, as Wals says, of infantile stubbornness when it comes to acknowledging the consequences of debt. We've got a five-second news cycle. None of these things strike me as being fertile ground to grow anything other than angry, strident and (worst of all) utopian political solutions. Down that road madness lies, it's been a typically mainland European disease but maybe its our turn now. 3 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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