At last the crisis of British democracy is addressed by a party leader: ED MILIBAND

Milliband recognises that current voter apathy and the perceived lack of difference between the parties Is putting people off voting, as they see no point in it. I suspect Cameron also knows this. Hence his loud backing for recent attempts to encourage kids to develop a greater interest in politics. But in Cameron’s case, it’s very definitely half-hearted. He has blocked proposals to make voting easier and more accessible by stating that voting is too important not to make people make the effort of physically getting out and going to a voting booth. And the proposed Tory/ Tory Democrat reforms of the registration process will likely leave even more people not registered to vote. So Cameron makes noises about countering voter apathy, but in reality doesn’t want wider participation in politics. Which is what you’d expect from the party of the aristocratic elite.

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Champion of democracy: Ed Miliband told the country he wants Parliament to provide what the people want, signalling a return to the principles of democratic government that have been abandoned by the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats. Champion of democracy: Ed Miliband told the country he wants Parliament to provide what the people want, signalling that Labour plans to return to the principles of democratic government that have been abandoned by the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats.

Hopefully the naysayers among Vox Political‘s readership will have a little more respect for Mr Miliband after today.

He is the first – and so far, the only – leader of a mainstream British political party to have correctly identified the biggest problem facing our democracy at this time:

The fact that people aren’t bothering to vote.

Here’s what he said, in his response to the Queen’s Speech:

“The custom of these debates is to address our opponents across the despatch box in this House, but today on its own that would be inadequate to the challenge we face.

“There is an even bigger opponent to address in this Queen’s…

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