Juliet Swann works as the Campaigns and Research Officer for the Electoral Reform Society in Scotland. The ERS are planning an exciting series of events to get the debate about Scotland’s democracy away from the politicians and into the hands of the people. This isn’t just a conversation about independence, it’s about what’s wrong with politics and how we can fix it, a topic Juliet blogs on below.
Maybe our democracy never really worked that well.
Maybe increased transparency and developments in technology mean that ordinary people are able to appreciate the realities of power and its misuse.
Maybe the modern age has seen an erosion of values such as public service and civic duty that have led to a loss of trust in politics.
Whatever the reasons, the truth is that trust in politics and democracy is ebbing away.