participatory democracy

Brexit is a chance to take Britain back to the future. In the aftermath of Brexit, the political class will have no defence against a mobilised citizenry whose best interests it has failed to represent. Now that a viable alternative model of democracy exists, Brexit could be what the Leave campaign claimed it would be: a chance to take control.
I am happy to pay an extra £7,600 to our politicians, indeed I would jump at the chance, but only on the condition that MPs double their efforts to enter the twenty first century and inject new life into our local democracies.
Russell Brand was right to assert, in effect, that the basis on which we are governed is not set in stone. We can change it if enough of us act in unison. But the fact remains that the only legitimate means to constitutional change is the ballot box. Violent revolutions inevitably result in misery for the populous and a greater centralisation of power.
Of course politicians are unlikely to vote for change that's not in their interests. If we want participatory democracy, we'll have to change the system ourselves. So, 650 members of the Ordinary People Movement will aim to represent the 42% of voters who want to participate by standing for election on a platform of constitutional change.
British democracy is dead, at least in its present form. I don't say this because a rightwing party made a little headway in council elections, but because a democracy in which most people neither participate directly in government nor vote for a representative to participate on their behalf is self-evidently not a democracy.
Why on Earth, a visitor from another planet might ask us, has an incompetent dilettante been made Second Lord of the Treasury? We'd have to admit it's because his equally inept chum from uni has been made First Lord of the Treasury. How silly would that make us look?
While there are good reasons for liberal populists to be disillusioned, the solution is not to abandon representative democracy but to reinforce it. The liberal populism of Grillo and his ilk must be confronted before it's too late.
The half-term general election rehearsal currently underway in Eastleigh might be fascinating those in the politics business but the result won't begin to restore the electorate's trust in politicians.
Since people have started mailing me comments about these blogs, this particular stream of thought will now basically meander