🎧 Listened to: A Mockery of Democracy?

Episode summary: Are the UK’s looming European elections making a mockery of democracy, or is this how democracy is meant to work? Would cancelling them at the last minute make the situation worse? We talk about trust in politics, the threat to the two main parties, and the knock-on effects for the rest of Europe. Plus we discuss what can meaningfully happen before the end of October, and whether the events of the last few weeks have done permanent damage to the Tory brand. With Helen Thompson, Catherine Barnard and Chris Bickerton. Talking Points: Local elections and the European parliamentary elections are the closest that UK voters have been to getting a say on what’s going on—even if they may not actually have any consequences. - Are they good or bad for democracy? - People’s faith in democracy overall is declining. Because of Brexit, and the upcoming elections, the fracturing in British party politics is greater than ever before—what does this mean for British politics? - We overestimate how often we’ve had a two-party…

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