Anyone who knows anything about Britain knows that it is a democracy and a constitutional monarchy.
The trouble is, it is neither.
The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is one of the most exotic nations on earth. In Maximum Republic Dan Hind explains how the country is currently run and sets out a programme of thorough reform.
The occupations of 2011 challenged a governing consensus that has lost credibility yet clings to power. This year we will either create a new basis for our shared life, or we will settle back into the old, dispiriting fictions. The same people who told us that they understood economics told us we could not hope to change things. They were wrong on both counts.
What we choose now matters.