As far as I’m concerned, democracy is about participation.
By that, I mean people actually doing things in agreement with others. Our system of liberal democracy is something of a misnomer, as it resembles the ancient Roman Republic far more than it does the democracy of ancient Athens. In Athens, the joining of the two words demos (people) and kratos (power) resonated in the hearts of people wanting freedom. As it still does.
This week’s local elections in Croydon seem three thousand years away from people power. It’s likely that fewer than 4 in 10 of those…
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