Campaign for Direct
Iniref I&Rgb is also
known as "The Campaign for Direct Democracy".
Founded over ten years ago, we campaign for the introduction of
direct democracy at all levels of government.
A First Thought
We want to emphasise: Many different single-issue
groups, trade unions and (all) citizens could use "tools" of direct
democracy to further their "own" cause, so we describe our project
Campaigners and Citizens
WE invite all those who strive creatively for social, political
and ecological change, to
BECOME PART OF THE CAMPAIGN FOR DIRECT DEMOCRACY IN BRITAIN
too, if you wish)
Persuade your group or organisation to publicly endorse the Iniref
2014 is an opportune period for those who long to update
# Direct democracy will be in the news: Calls for a
Britain and the European Union will persist; Scots will provide much
publicity and bagpiping about their September ballot for or against
# People hold politicians in contempt, have been sickened
and commercial corruption and are fed up of being badly represented and
# This is a pre-general-election year (UK) so public and
attentive to good reform proposals.
The democratic "tools" which we propose would help us to
the way we govern ourselves by enabling richer input of policy, more
effective feed-back from electorate to politicians plus the ability of
the people to veto bad or unwanted government proposals.
These democratic tools include:
# citizens' proposition of law or policy ("The
debated in Parliament);
about any matter of government if demanded by a large number of voters;
# the optional
veto-referendum, to block unwanted government law or action.
Plans and Strategies
Stepping up the Campaign
Direct democracy could be
introduced by one or more Acts of
Parliament. So, a major Campaign-focus is a NEW DEMOCRACY (DIRECT) BILL
contains the democratic procedures outlined above. Politicians must be
put under pressure, MPs who will work for our cause in Parliament must
be elected. We are keen to
contact like-minded people, to discuss plans and refine strategies ...
need to recruit active supporters across the countries!
Education and Study
We plan to fund and establish a programme of education and
direct democracy, to provide reports, journalism and documentation of
citizen-led democracy and
governance. If you want to know more or could help to promote this
programme please get in touch.
Constitution of state and a claim of right to
We have begun to prepare a case to be brought into the
The philosophy of democracy indicates that in modern states there must
be a citizens' right to take part effectively in own government. This
has been denied in many states where ruling élites declare that
indirect ("representative") democracy can be legitimate. Contradiction
of this view may be found in international treaties, ratified by many
states including the UK, in which the right of citizens to take part in
government, with the ability to decide on public issues as well as to
elect politicians, is laid down. That is, WE THE PEOPLE ALL HAVE THE
RIGHT TO DIRECT DEMOCRACY AS WELL AS TO INDIRECT "REPRESENTATIVE"
DEMOCRACY! Please let us know if you would like
to co-operate on this "case for good democracy", to debate our
proposition, to share your expertise or to support the case financially.