This time of year has death written all over it. The Day of the Dead reflected in Thanksgiving, alongside Remembrance Sunday, autumn leaves and political parties.

I’ve spent a number of evenings recently tucked away in Guy Fawkes style meetings in darkened rooms with groups of tentative revolutionaries in towns around here. Ordinary people totally and utterly fed up with watching the arrogance of politicians preparing for elections with the usual bickering and unfulfilable promises.

“How much time does it take if you are a councillor?”….. “How much does it cost to get elected?”…… simple questions from people on the edge of stepping out and up to take control of more of the decisions that affect their own lives. Is there a moment at which enough people recognise that our current democracy is a sham from top to bottom?

Russell Brand helps to spread that message, but maybe too many people think he’s joking and can’t don’t quite grasp the reality? I’m enjoying testing the tipping point.

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Peter Macfadyen

Social activist, ex Mayor and Leader of Frome Town Council, author, public speaker, undertaker, grandfather.

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