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Local democracy: not by divine right

Excerpt from 'civic academy' column by Diane Kalen-Sukra | June 2019 Edition of Municipal World Magazine


While there have been some distinct voices sounding the alarm bells on the health of our local democracies, for the most part, we seem to go about our daily lives with the sense that democracy is something we have by divine right. There is a false sense of security that comes from years of living in a country where the laws are written to preserve democratic rights and liberties and free elections are the norm.

The trouble with change – especially the type that stems from erosion – is that it often creeps up on you...


Even kings and queens, whose appointments were apparently by divine right, would not leave the integrity or defense of their kingdom – their political order – to chance.

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