The D-word is a tool of insult – but what is democracy?

Fallout from the Brexit vote left many questioning the true meaning of democracy. Nick Inman says its definition is more complex than a simple Remain or Leave choice

“As a democrat I cannot try to subvert the expressed will of the people,” my MP told me when I pointed out that “to obey the will of the British electorate” as expressed in the Brexit referendum is not half as simple as it sounds.

The only good thing to come out of six months of uncertainty since July 23rd is the current discussion about what we mean by democracy. When the government goes to the Supreme Court to defend its right to use the powers of absolute monarchy to get its own way, we should all be ...

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