Government - new beginnings?

There are 650 members of the Westminster parliament. Assuming a cost to the taxpayer in salary and the dreaded (dreadful) expenses of £200,000 apiece I make that one hundred and thirty million pounds a year. This is of course merely the tip of an iceberg. The burden on the nation's Treasury of the civil services necessary to support and enforce paliamentary deliberations and decisions? Heaven knows but sky high for sure.

Our Westminster system was designed hundreds of years ago on the Romano-Greek democratic model. But is a system right for six or seven million people, mostly illiterate and with neither access to nor a great deal of interest in events outside their parish still right for going on seventy multicultural millions linked by literacy and digitalia to the news of the world? Of course not. We don't often use carriages and four these days either, and almost all of us have access to flush toilets.

Recent events should be enough to demonstrate the cracks and weaknesses of Westminster. Our system of government has given way before a vast corruption of banks and media. It has shown a sad propensity for unsound wars in foreign fields. Vast empty spaces on both sides of the house have become apparent when the inbumbents think the cameras will not be noticed by we, their paymasters.

Accepting that the opposite of government is anarchy and that anarchy (everyone does what everyone wants) hurts everybody, what kind of government should we, the people, be designing / re-designing for our future - or rather for the future of our nation / race?

Look at the alternatives:

  1. Drastic pruning of the numbers of elected members of parliament plus the connection of each and every household via the internet so that the voice of the majority can be clearly and effectively translated into law?
  2. Government by Cabinet Ministers / Ministries only?
  3. Local (law-making / tax-collecting) government of each region by elected regional parliaments, served as opposed to serving a central unit?
  4. Big government of a United States of Europe (i.e. Brussels) through existing local authorities?
  5. The monarchy and hereditary aristocracy as in days of old?
  6. Any other?
I have my own preferences. In order; 3,5,4,1,2. What do you think - starting with one opinion on whether you think the questions need to be addressed at all (as do I).

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