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WHO makes the decisions in a democracy? Go back to ancient Athens and it was the adult (non-slave) males in a public meetings. In the modern world the decisions are made by elected representatives, who voters get the chance to dismiss every few years if we do not like the result. In the British system, the prime minister is the person who can command the support of a majority of MPs in the House of Commons. So for David Cameron to resign and be replaced by Theresa May, without the electorate being consulted, is an example of the system working normally; it happened in 2007 (when Gordon Brown took over), 1990 (John Major), 1976 (Jim Callaghan) and many times before.

These are not normal times, however. Public satisfaction with politicians is low. Representative democracy has always had an innate conflict, best described by Edmond Burke back in 1774

Your representative owes you, not his industry only, but his judgment; and he betrays, instead of serving you, if he sacrifices it to your opinion.

adding that

government and legislation are matters of reason and judgment, and not of…Continue reading

First published here: http://j.mp/29DKczu