Simply giving away your
vote at a general election once every few years, then
having no say during the years between, cannot be regarded
as effective democracy.
In contrast partial direct democracy
enables every citizen to take part in
developing policy and deciding important public issues
while keeping tabs on MPs and government.
The "tools" for this have been tried and tested
– they include the law-proposal, the veto-referendum,
the constitutional referendum and the recall
of elected officials.
Politicians are in the main opposed to this type of
democracy. Parties and government act to
hinder reform so to achieve progress will need
lobbying and campaigning.
Surveys confirm that a large majority of people in
Britain approve the essential principle of direct
democracy: An agreed number of voters should be able to
put forward a proposal and demand a referendum about it.
This reform would give us "partial direct democracy" –
parliament and government would continue to function much
as before, doing most of the work of running the country.
From time to time though, on some public issues which we
select, the electorate would take over responsibility to
decide a matter of law or constitution directly.
During elections campaigns please help to promote the idea
of better democracy. #####
Below we will show that, however you judge our
politicians and governments, you can help to promote the
introduction of new democratic tools such as citizens' law
proposal, the veto referendum plus the MP-recall.
Let's say that your
1) I will not vote in
the forthcoming election
According to a survey of over 1000 declared non-voters
a large majority felt that if direct democracy for
citizens were available then they would make use of it (no
sign of apathy here).
3) I am undecided about whether
to vote or not. I know of no political party which
represents my wishes
From our review
of manifestos and their public statements we are not
convinced that any political party with a chance of
gaining power would introduce the genuine citizen-led
democracy which we propose. Even though three-quarters of
adults (in repeated opinion surveys) approve. When the
"powers that be" oppose reform, much can be achieved by
campaigning and protest.
best ideas and arguments, not the slickest and richest
operators, win the general election!
CHOOSE A SYMBOL
... to show your support for democracy. Carry or wear it on
POLLING DAY. Take one of the following or send us your
A "measured" rose was chosen by the artist Joseph Beuys for
the direct democracy campaign which he founded in the 1970s,
"For The People's Referendum". The campaign was successful and
is still going strong!
A flower of the people, the dandelion carries DD (direct
democracy) in its name. It should flower in May, is widely
available and inexpensive!
May blossom. Could the hawthorn become a symbol of democratic
renewal? Politicians beware of the hidden thorns, should
you scorn the people's wishes.
Is there a better symbol for CITIZEN-LED DEMOCRACY? Send your
suggestion to info AT iniref.org
Paul Nollen replied from OPSTAND
to suggest this symbol:
FOR DEMOCRACY PAGES
ELECTION-CAMPAIGN STRATEGY FRAME ONE Setting the scene
ELECTION-CAMPAIGN STRATEGY FRAME TWO
MPs and CANDIDATES HOW
YOUR QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS
VIEW CANDIDATE/MP DOCUMENT
ARGUMENTS AND TIPS FOR VOTERS
AND CAMPAIGNERS, LEAFLET TO SPREAD
PDF to spread or print