I don't know if this is the right Forum to bring up this subject but I was hoping that some of the more Learned Members may enlighten little old me. Last night in my local I was entertaining some guests and one regular, other side of bar, started a debate on Democracy, Republics and politics in general but with more extreme leanings. I didn't catch all of the subject but his argument was along the lines that the US (He is a Yank) is no longer a Democracy but is now a Republic. He continued the argument with the statement that Aristotal ( Greece birth place of Democracy), had argued that Only wealthy, educated people should be allowed a vote. The ordinary man in the street does not have sufficent grasp of 'Matters of State' and is only intrested in 'Populist events'. The guy was generous in that he readily agreed that the Average man in the street in the States is the Prime example of this attitude, tho I know he has an exceptionally low opinion of ya average UK Dole Wallah. john Any serious views would be apriciated, I only managed a basic UK state education but hold qualifacations from the University of Life. Gents could we keep this as a non Naffi subject ?