Power Vertical (or Vertical Power or вертикаль власти is the new latest buzzword to describe pseudo-dictatorships acting behind a cloak of apparent democracy. Putin is a fine example of Power Vertical, although he's having a few teething problems. Bit of background here: The Power Vertical and the Nation here: Власть here: Titular Power Vertical and here: The Power Vertical (My apologies that the latter link is the renowned Goebbels mouthpiece Radio Free Europe.) Power Vertical is now enveloping Ukraine but, given that Yanukovich does not enjoy the same level of genuine popular support that Putin does, the democratic process is having to be assisted in producing the right result. BBC News - Democratic malaise draws Ukraine eastwards Ukraine's government: Life under Yanukovich | The Economist Democracy in the UK is a shambles. Once (old) Labour left the scene and removed the clear differentiation of ideologies, all parties are fighting for the same ground and only have different flavoured lollypops to sell to the voters. The party perceived to offer the most - in handouts not political ideas - wins. Even in a time of severe austerity and supposed budget cuts, the actual total budget has been increased from 600 to almost 700 billion!!! No real reform for the good of the nation is ever likely occur under this system. None of the major public spending black holes (welfare, NHS, education) are going to have anything meaningful done to close them. Is it now time for a bit of Power Vertical in the UK? Discuss.