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Thread #165570 Message #4004421
Posted By: Iains
13-Aug-19 - 09:04 AM
Thread Name: BS: Brexit #3: A futile gesture?
Subject: RE: BS: Brexit #3: A futile gesture?
An interesting poll of how MPs think they should act and how most of their electorate think they should act.
"As Burke found 250 years ago, constituents have very different ideas, with 63% of Britons saying that MPs are elected “to act according to the wishes of their constituents, even when this goes against their own judgement”. In contrast to the system Burke proposed, this is the ‘delegate model of representation’."
But it must be pointed out that Burke only flourished in his later career because he was elected to rotten boroughs.
Today more people are enfranchised and far better educated and capable of insisting their representatives represent them.
The next General Election will clarify this stance to the nth degree.