Outside the marginals

a commentary on the politics that followed the UK 2010 & 2015 elections

Gideon’s Dictionary: Democracy

Every emperor, or prospective emperor, has to give the appearance of having “the common touch”. In view of the restricted background of our potential new emperor, I offer him a dictionary in the hope that studying it will help him understand the people he wishes to rule.


  1. (n) Allowing the people to choose who rules them – and the means by which they are ruled
  2. (n – mistaken) Imposing systems of government (e.g. mayoral systems) on people who have indicated that they don’t want that system.
  3. (n – mistaken) Giving people responsibility but not the means to influence. Don’t blame central government for the cuts; they are being imposed by your mayor and you elected him.

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