Originally published in On Line Opinion on August 18, 2010

Despite the prosaic origins of our constitution, many of us still treasure the right to vote. We might feel we have little influence over government decision-making, but at least we get a chance to pronounce judgement every three years. Except that we don’t – not like we used to. Because in this election, the voice of the citizen is being drowned out by the clamour of another constituency that doesn’t rate a mention in the constitution: big business.

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