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Can Ukip save our democracy?

The party has a novel set of proposals for bringing power to the people. Shame they won't work

By Alan Finlayson & Jeremy Gilbert  

Douglas Carswell, Ukip's would-be saviour of democracy. © Matt Dunham/AP/Press Association Images

The driving force in current British politics is not something new—the rise of smaller parties, resurgent nationalisms or social media—but an absence of something: democracy. The dramatic decline of public faith in the institutions of government, including political parties, is the dominant mood shaping the context of our electoral politics. Commentary on this subject tends to attribute it to the public’s failure to appreciate how important politics…

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