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Out of tune

26 May 2009

It has been a rich month for satirists. But when we have all done laughing at chaps so down on their luck they only have one moat to clean (which is very nearly as shaming as having to buy your own furniture) and when our snorts of glee about gigantic plasma tellies, bath plugs and doggie food die away, what will we be left with? The shipwreck of democracy, that’s what.

It was a nice idea, that voting lark, and it was very good of all those people in our history to fight for it as hard as they did. It looked so – well, so reasonable didn’t it? The majority in a community choose a fellow citizen to represent them in the legislature; a job for which he or she is paid a living wage, where the privileges more or less balance out the responsibilities, and the job description is of interest – making and scrutinizing the laws under which we are all to live. The working environment is pleasant – rather lovely rooms, good libraries, and competent research assistants (althoug...

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