The Anglosphere is abuzz with the unexpected Conservative triumph in yesterday's election, but one thing that interests me is the intensely local nature of the contest.
Consider that the United Kingdom has approximately 65 million people. These are represented in the House of Commons by 650 members of parliament.
The US Congress, by contrast, has only 435 representatives in a nation five times as large. This makes the US far less representative.
The Constitution originally said that there should not be more than one Congressman for each 30,000 residents (with a minimum of one per state), but since the size of the chamber was capped in 1911, the "people's chamber" has grown increasingly distant.
Here at the Posse, we endorse Jonah Goldberg's idea that the solution to Congressional corruption is to enlarge the chamber. More representatives make it harder to buy influence (since there are too many people to reach). This also makes it more responsive as candidates would be less reliant on mass media to reach their potential constituents.
As for the triumph of the Tories, it remains to be seen if anything will come of it. GOP control of the US Congress has resulted in little real change to date. Instead, we get failure theater - ranging from the botched pro-life bill in February to the useless Kabuki of the Corker bill on Iran's nuclear program.