Parliaments Different From Democracy

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Democracies and one-party states.  Europe’s mediaeval Parliaments were devised as a way of formalising the European notion that the king must consult with his more important subjects.  Only very gradually did they democratise.  Dropping this complex system onto a society with very different traditions mostly fails.

Britain was not even loosely democratic until the 1880s, when about 60% of adult males at the core of the British Empire got the vote.

One-Party states in countries without a Parliamentary tradition are often a better way of expressing the actual Will of the People.

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