Europe minister calls for sixfold increase in politicians

Despite
job uncertainty and a shaky economy, one recruitment drive that may come as
unwelcome news to the British public is the call for six times more
politicians.

Denis
MacShane, the Minister for Europe, claims Britain has a ‘democratic deficit’,
with the UK one of the most underrepresented nations in the world in terms of
the ratio of voters to elected officials.

He
compared Britain, where there is one elected person to every 1,800 voters, to
the US, where there is one official to every 300 voters.

MacShane,
speaking to ePolitix.com, said having a greater number of representatives
brings them closer to the electorate.

By Michael Millar

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