Derek, you wrote:
"No doubt many would agree that the democratic deficit has grown since the war, but the question is - how can this trend be reversed?"
As others have pointed out, the government is our enemy. But that is not all. Any current government must
be the enemy because it is the creature of the party political system which ensures that democracy in any real sense is eclipsed by the party in power with a majority in the H of C .
The government, and in particular the Cabinet which meets and makes decisions in secret
is the very antithesis of any real democratic process as it is only the will of the party
under the PM and his close Cabinet colleagues which alone decide policy and its form of implementation irrespective of the opinion of individual MPs. It is the Party whip system which ensures the strictest conformity to the party line, so that in effect the voters are all but ignored, by-passed or counted irrelevant in the process. So, the cliche of an "elected dictatorship" remains true.
Thus democracy CANNOT
survive whilst the party system is in place. The problem is exacerbated when all three "parties" are in agreement to perpetuate particular policies, such as membership of the EU, and all that flows from it, overriding all opportunity to voice dissent or the will of the people. The party system permits only its own policy to be given effective suppression.
This is the position we are in, and until reversed, nothing will change.