Some British citizens, disgusted with the current government, are looking to their Anglo-Saxon roots for inspiration. They would like to institute a new level of "civic engagement" harking back to the moots and witans of the post-Roman times.
In 2003, a group of people met in Birmingham and created the Mercia Movement with a goal of retuning most of central England to the government structure of the Kingdom of Mercia. Others are sceptical. Matthew Innes, professor of history at London's Birkbeck College said: "There's little evidence of an Anglo-Saxon golden age. I find it really difficult to believe these things were ever really representative or democratic."