A chicken or egg story
"The reality is that representative democracy, at the core, has to be about people voting, has to be about people engaging in political parties, has to be about people having contact with elected representatives, and having faith and trust in elected representatives, as well as those representatives demonstrating they can exercise political power effectively and make decisions that tend to be approved of," said Wilks-Heeg."
Such being said in this article titled "British democracy in terminal decline, warns report" ; now you won't see such a report in the U.S. media as it's given up it's role of being the 'fourth estate', now being representative of "an "unprecedented" growth in corporate power, which the study's authors warn "threatens to undermine some of the most basic principles of democratic decision-making".
So which is the chicken or the egg; the U.S. or the U.K?
As Palast said, "The U.S. is the best democracy money can buy". And while nothing has been solved with a gun, Ted Rall does have a point about the need for revolution.