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Chess game democracy in the UK?

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“Being obtuse
I am insensitive to abuse
Which, of course, annoys the abuser
So who wins, and who’s the loser?”
From Tapori Tales
by Bachchoo

It must have been Winston Churchill who said democracy is the best worst system of governance and it was certainly Abraham Lincoln who said that the government of the people, by the people, for the people was an enduring one.

It’s pocket science to realise that democracy means very different things in different countries and institutions.

My first personal brush with democracy, when I was not old enough to vote in national elections, was in my first year of college in Pune. Every year each class, of 150 or so pupils, voted for a class representative to the annual “social”. It was a meaningless election as the social celebrations were unchanged year after year. It was reputed to be a source of backhanders for the top secretary from caterers, etc. Nevertheless, it took on a symbolic significance.

Some friends urged me to stand for this election and to attempt a change in the way the social celebrations went and attack the corruption from within. They put my name forward in the prescribed way with a proposer and seconder. Canvassing was not allowed. The results were proclaimed and I got precisely four votes out of 150 — my Sindhi proposer, my Parsi seconder and two mysterious ones. I had myself, out of a spirit of sportsmanship and ignorance of how........

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