Class warrior calls for better democracy in local elections

Inside Croydon

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Next May, JON BIGGER will be standing for election as a candidate for Class War, an avowedly anarchistic group. In part, as he explains here, his reasons for doing so are the despair at the way we are all ill-served by our democratic system

As far as I’m concerned, democracy is about participation.

Blowing his own trumpet: Class War candidate Jon Bigger Blowing his own trumpet: Class War candidate Jon Bigger

By that, I mean people actually doing things in agreement with others. Our system of liberal democracy is something of a misnomer, as it resembles the ancient Roman Republic far more than it does the democracy of ancient Athens. In Athens, the joining of the two words demos (people) and kratos (power) resonated in the hearts of people wanting freedom. As it still does.

This week’s local elections in Croydon seem three thousand years away from people power. It’s likely that fewer than 4 in 10 of those…

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