The BBC and the democratic deficit

Voters complain that they hear from would-be politicians only at election time. The fact is that most voters don't want to hear from would-be politicians at any time but only from those who are already in power or likely to be helped by their political party to gain power. The same is true of the …

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New pope of Rome answers questions

I used to say that the pope of Rome never answers questions, and is not accountable to others. At least, he now answers questions. During the resignation of Ratzinger from the Roman papacy, a discussion on BBC Scotland asked the question whether the job was too much for one man. A papal advisor, Professor John …

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