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Political structures need to change.

I spoke some time ago about the need for US political structures to adapt, change and evolve – especially relevant because we are the global power and most other countries are impacted by our actions. Doubly important because times have changed. Just one example.

Back in the day America’s economy was agricultural – the core of the nation was rural. So it made rough sense for each and every state to be represented by the same number of senators – two.

The average population desity in the 1790’s was around 4 per square mile – most of the founding fathers were “farmers”.

In 2018 the density in the US stood at nearly 93 people per square mile. The per state statistics vary in the extreme. New Jersey is the most populous state – its 2 Senators represent 1208 people per square mile. But their Montana and Wyoming  colleagues represent 6 or 7 per square mile and the Alaska stat is 1.3! Today little America out in the mid west has as strong a political say in the Senate as do New Jersey, New York or California and the United states is led by isolationist, nationalistic and luddite toadies of a President ignorant of the ways of global trade, supply chain management or geo economics. Today our Supreme Court may have become politicised to the point of losing its independence. It’s first test faces it right now as it contemplates the future of abortion law in Lousiana (pop’n density 104) and its right to challenge national opinion.

Britain is in no less a mess – but perhaps its structures are working better.

Parliament has flexed its muscles and shown itself more powerful that the PM. The vigorously non partisan Supreme Court has rejected Johnson’s case for prorogation.

Britain is not out of the woods by any means. It’s “first past the post”  fixation meant the most transformative decision in its history was taken on the back of a ridiculously slim majority of the electorate, and the new PM was installed by an even smaller and less relevant number of voters. The inappropriate and misleading confusion underpinning the saga will for ever consign Brexit, Cameron and the nation to a life of acrimony and blame.

But it may be the structures will hold, it may be they will make possible a rain check.

Britain needs a second referendum as well as some structural rethinking. The United States needs a refreshed and sophisticated foreign policy as well as some structural rethinking.

Have a good day, James