what would it take to engender a genuine overthrow of our current parliamentary democracy and see a true genuine one vote/one person democracy elected in this country, free from party politics and allegiances?
A first step would be a functioning competent press. Having a vote is meaningless if it isn't an informed vote. Its our own fault really - in the same sense that we only get the government we deserve we only get the press we deserve also. Most news agencies run at a significant loss - the news international papers lose something like 30 million a year, the Independent hasn't made a penny of profit since it launched. If we were interested in journalism enough that we'd pay papers to hire and resource journalists then we'd have more news and less churning of press releases.
Most of the content of any newspaper is made up of stories that have arrived on the journalist's desk's ready written by a PR agency and go to print without anyone having to leave their desk or even pick up the phone.
Because we don't pay for our news other people do, whether its the Rothermeres and Barclay Brothers who own the loss making papers or commercial enterprises who create bafflingly incorrect statistics which government ministers later call up as fact
Because our press print without scrutiny the electorate votes on the strength of widely held misapprehensions (branded as 'common sense') and through lobbying and focus groups and opinion polling we steer power hungry politicians into actions that address and reinforce those misapprehensions at the expense of the truth.
Theres an issue that has been missed in debate over press regulation, which seeks to ensure that the small amount of actual journalism that takes place is done so legally - and thats to ensure that what's sold as journalism is journalism because at the moment what small amounts of news being produced in blanketed and muffled inbetween wads of PR and Opinion.
Another notion is... one man on vote. Theres the motto of 'no taxation without representation' but not every taxpaying entity is a human. At my address are 4 tax paying entities - myself and ms maccruiskeen, plus her business and my business all four pay tax, only two get to vote. Income tax payers are the minority of the tax take for governments so maybe they are over represented democratically.
One of the reasons large corporations have to lobby directly and influence policy covertly is because they can't vote, they don't have a legitimate way to influence the public policies that they pay for- maybe if they could vote in some way their influence could at lease be transparent.