Democracy’s advantage over other systems of government is meant to be that electorates can throw out incompetent leaders who do not respond to changing times. Knowing this, governments realise that they cannot let abuses of power continue. They must reform or perish.
Since the crash of 2008, British democracy has failed. Most of the political class and a large section of the public responded to a shock as great as the 9/11 attacks by carrying on as if nothing had happened. The effort to pretend that we can return to where we once were has been huge. But the strains of keeping up appearances are starting to show. Ideologies that once seemed dominant are now looking threadbare and ridiculous.