Why we need to reform the Crown, the rich history of Chinese people in the UK, why governments can’t just keep borrowing and a profile of Cressida Dick. Plus Edward Said’s confusion, how to fix government sleaze and we ask whether meritocracy has had its day.
Citizens in rich democracies are becoming both more sceptical towards government and more demanding of it, leading to a "crisis of disengagement." This won't be reversed by institutional reform—better to focus on the democracy of everyday life
The Blair era began on a wave of optimism but is ending in a crisis of disengagement. Most accounts of this problem, including the Power inquiry, are unsatisfactory. Consider instead the "1 per cent solution"