COMMENT AND ANALYSIS


A chronological compendium of notes, and comments on press articles, which illustrate how we at Iniref~I&Rgb observed and tried to influence the fate of citizens' democracy in the Localism Bill.

THE LOCALISM BILL 2010  Over-cautious steps towards democracy by the people

Conservative/LibDem coalition programme
Shift of "power to the people"?


OPINION
Citizen-led democracy is essential for sustainable constitutional reform .... crucial question remains, namely, how can we make ourselves a modern constitution when the "constitution" and related tradition which we appear to possess provide no suitable tools for the job?

“We the people” favour stronger democracy Evidence of wide public support for citizens' referendum; Examples; Action Call


Citizens’ initiative and referendum in Britain and Northern Ireland: Prospects for reform.
PROBABLY THE ONLY UP-TO-DATE ACCOUNT WHICH HAS BEEN PUBLISHED. A ROAD MAP TO CORRECT OUR DEMOCRATIC DEFICIT.
EUROPA MAGAZIN
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Citizens and Direct Democracy: What chance of reform do the major UK political parties offer?


GETTING REAL
DEBATE DD:GB Proposals for the introduction of Elements of Direct Democracy in Great Britain and Northern Ireland
We present four sets of proposals originating from four different groups: Unlock Democracy, the Power Inquiry, Our Say and I&R~GB Campaign for Citizens’ Initiative and Referendum. Read the comments of experts from eastern and western Europe, Canada and the USA and add your own reply.
I&R ~ GB ASSESSMENT AND PLAN Contents: The campaign for direct democracy in Great Britain and Northern Ireland/Power Inquiry into governance in Britain backs DD/Ways to progress (For update watch Blog)

Taking Power Forum ::: HOUSE OF LORDS
Lord Paul Tyler interviews Michael Meacher MP, ex-Lab. minister, about the importance of Swiss-style referenda for Britain. Audio

Our reply to the Power Inquiry
. Comments on "Power to the People", the Report 2006* of the Rowntree Trusts’ Power Commission
What’s in it for direct democrats?
   
Preliminary response
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