Er. No. It is.
That is not the same as democracy being done in, especially as the corruption is so localised, and the mechanisms which uphold it offer so little of value. The PR politics industry is a relatively new thing. I know when we think about mobile phones we can’t imagine how we ever coped, but we did. I am fairly sure that none of the sources of dysfunction in our political system are providing any actual value, never mind justifying their corrosive effect. When you look at them without the lens of mainstream media who are the main beneficiaries of this culture they look a lot less scary.
Mr.Wizard, you are a very bad man ;-D