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There's a deeper point here for the Anglo Diseased UK and that is that the 90% of people who are now indebted to the 10% who also own most of the country actually DO have votes.

And as they say, you can't fool all of the people all of the time.

That's why an 'austerity' platform doesn't play too well here when things self evidently aren't austere for the minority.....

"The future is already here -- it's just not very evenly distributed" William Gibson

by ChrisCook (cojockathotmaildotcom) on Mon Mar 8th, 2010 at 08:42:08 AM EST
Unfortunately there is no mechanism such as the referendum in the U.K., unless I am mis-informed. Properly used, they can be wonderful checks on abuse of power. That, in fact, should be their chief use, instead of substitutes for legislative action, as has become the case in California.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Mon Mar 8th, 2010 at 05:14:08 PM EST
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