The recent Power Inquiry is both aptly named and timed. "Power what?" some may ask. Answer: a 260-page report, independently financed and therefore bold in its conclusions, probing why politics in Britain has become so unpopular.

It arose, in part at least, from the 2005 general election turnout. Last year more British electors did not vote than voted for the winning party--a sadly unique result.

Even some extreme moves to encourage voting by post failed to reverse previous trends--as well as adding to corruption, which lowered the tone even further.

The Inquiry proposals include more power to the people. That might not always be welcome. For example, referendums would be compulsory if more than two million petitioned for them. …

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