These days people in or near power can't wait to get our opinions so that they can take them seriously, says Graeme Smith. Or so it seems. But underneath the new cyber-Athenian democracy is a deeper crisis of representation with political and theological roots.
Weekend voting, 'none of the above' on ballot papers and the public setting MPs' wages are some of 29 ideas to mend Britain's broken politics, that churches and faith groups are being urged to vote on in the coming weeks.
Deliberative assemblies should play a significant part in renewing democracy, says Stuart Weir, and most especially in agreeing a written constitution for the UK. They are at the core of the work of Power 2010, guided by James Fishkin.