OPEN CAMPAIGN FOR UK PARLIAMENTARY
ELECTION EXPECTED IN 2010
Setting the scene
Most politicians oppose strong democracy, the sort in which the
electorate, citizens are able to participate effectively. Once elected,
politicians want to be in charge without having to worry about
interference by the people who elected them. The people's view is that
a bit more control of politics and the ability to better steer our own
public affairs would be good for all of us.
Many people feel that politics and government in Britain do very
for them. A large majority agree with the essential principle of direct
that an agreed number of voters should be able to put forward a
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. This is a very effective way for the electorate,
The People, to influence and guide what politicians do in our name.
To obtain this reform we need straightforward guidelines for the
new methods of democracy. We can model
them on other countries. The most obvious way to proceed would be by
passing a law in parliament which provides working rules, e.g. for the
citizens' law-proposal and veto-referendum.
To get a law like this passed we clearly need a majority of MPs
House of Commons. A bill would be presented by a political party or a
group of convinced MPs.. How can the electorate, We The
People, arrange for the necessary majority to emerge? The rapid answer
effective reform campaign". Some ways to
do this have already been
published. One effective tactic is to show prospective MPs that
they will ONLY be elected if they promise to support the campaign, and
the direct democracy reform law in parliament. How can this be done?
Here's the secret: In
the run-up period to elections we must approach candidates, party
campaign offices and central offices, with the message
PEOPLE-POWER DEMOCRACY (PLEASE) OR LOSE MY VOTE !