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History has great comic timing. It is 350 years this month since a major political compromise with an uncanny modern-day parallel.
And so it begins. After weeks of election fever, the solid and well-oiled wheels of government have been set in motion: the big jobs have been meted out and the policy compromises of the coalition are being aired.
There are three very worrying features to the new LibDem-Tory coalition agreement, which raise many fundamental democratic questions:
Last week the British public did something extraordinary. With millions of different views and motivations, we managed to vote in such a way as to deliver a hung parliament, driving the first wedge in the door of a system that has for too long kept most politicians far removed from democratic accountability.