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I am not convinced there is a perfect system of government. Not only do all systems seem to have flaws, but each geenration of politician seems to find a new work-around to subvert the system, so that you only need a few decades before the accumulation of little corruptions leads to something that is entirely dysfuntional as a representative system for the popular will of the people.

Constitutions are all very well, but they can be ignored (eg soviet union) or subjected to judicial assault until the idea of democratic representation becomes a sham (eg US). Far as I can see, all of the european systems have been around for so long that they all have developed systemic flaws. The British government is a farce as a deliberative, legislative or oversight body. The ability to manage change within british society has been entirely abdicated. I'm sure those in the know can make similar complaints about their local systems.

No. what you need is the cceptance that every 50 years there will be a complete non-political examination and appraisal of the aims and methodologies of the system. which will never happen.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sun Dec 30th, 2007 at 03:11:38 PM EST

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