I'm moved to post by the 'How to get better leaders' thread but didn't want to digress there. I would like to see our democracy enhanced but before I can embark on such a discussion, feel the need to clarify what I think is wrong. I pose the question - what is the moral authority for our government to govern, other than 'This is the way we do things'? Political party membership accounts for less than 2% of the electorate. That is, all parties. By definition, they constitute a minority opinion. A minority of each party selects candidates for election. A minority of a minority. No MP is elected by a majority of their constituents, ie. 50% +1. The majority of people who vote, vote not for the candidate who gets elected. The majority of constituents do not vote. We therefore have a situation where a minority of a minority select a candidate, who is voted into office by a minority, ostensibly, on a manifesto that they are not obliged to honour. Furthermore, a minority of those elected form a govenment, 29 people, as it stands. And those 29 people make the rules that bind 70 million. I'd value your thoughts.