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Almost Sorta Kinda Democracy Day

February 8, 2015

conradbrunstrom

I’m two days late with this.  I must do better keeping up with re-blogging political commemorations.  I was distracted by Judith Butler, see.  Just goes to show that “Almost Democracy Day” or “Not “Quite Democracy Day” needs to be better highlighted in the calendar.

Britain never experienced a single decisive tipping point of democratic reform. The measure of democracy that Britain currently enjoys is the result of a series of franchise extensions and re-organisations from 1832 onwards. A mixture of parliamentary negotiations and extra-parliamentary agitation led to the gradual and staggered transformation of Britain into something like a representative democracy.  People from outside the Palace of Westminster shouted and scribbled and people inside it tried to figure out how many of those shouters and scribblers would vote for their party if they were allowed to.

If Britain is ever to celebrate anything a little less tedious and de-motivational than tedious…

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