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.
Abolishing the House of Lords is vital to getting rid of corrupt corporate politics, says Anthony Barnett. But an elected second chamber may not be the good democratic, reform-minded alternative many suppose.
In the current debates over House of Lords reform, there is one factor that the media seem to have overlooked. It's a factor that makes this year a particular suitable one for finally replacing the Lords with a democratic second chamber.