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Parliament: The metamorphosis

By John Lloyd  

But what have they turned into?

Once the initial horror of the expenses scandal wore off, the British became aware of some of the shocking consequences of electing people. Two in particular stood out.

First, that people will behave greedily and/or crookedly, usually in minor ways that they can justify to themselves and friends, if they believe they can do so with impunity.

Second, that there is no democratic alternative to electing people. That is, whatever type of election or representation is chosen,…

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