Korea’s “Cherry Blossom Uprising” has a deep significance to democracy, writes Professor John Keane. “It points to the need to redefine democracy … and to recognise that democracy failure happens when arbitrary power is allowed to flourish in the big-money realm of capitalist markets.

It’s now an open secret in Korean society that business tycoons who made donations to foundations run by the president’s friend couldn’t easily reject demands from the president or her aides, for fear of government reprisals. But what’s also clear is that the family-controlled “chaebol” conglomerates are themselves rotten boroughs.