Re: ..only politicians (and their spooks) and people with a surfeit of money want this? I
And in most countries politicians come and politicians go. It's the bureaucrats behind them that have the pathological compulsion
When I use the term "government" it naturally includes the faceless, unelected cronies and Sir Humphreys who persist like a floating turd when you don't have a pointy stick. I'm well aware our "democracy" is a sham, designed only to make the electorate think they have a choice, legitimise the continued erosion of personal sovereignty and waste public resources for private gain.
It's why I refuse to vote until they give me a "sod off, get some new people in" option. It's a futile gesture, of course, but it makes me feel less like a hypocrite.