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Disenchantment and dissent

By Tom Chatfield  

Strong stuff at the heart of the Independent this morning, with an essay from Nick Clegg (leader of the Liberal Democrats since December last year, in case anyone wasn’t paying attention) lamenting… well, pretty much everything.

Under the heading “Westminster isn’t working”—at least in the print edition—Clegg launches one of the most substantial attacks I’ve read for a long time on the cronyism, vagaries and lack of accountability at the heart of British democracy. Here’s the nub of his objections:

Some say the rituals, the eccentricities, give our Parliament a special aura that is crucial in its asserting its primacy…

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