The simple ‘one pill’ fix.
The solution to all problems is to implement a system of democracy that embraces the people at every stage and demotes the Government to the ‘back office’ only carrying out the will of the people – to whom this country really belongs.
Benefit 1 – Decisions faithfully reflect the wants of the majority.
Enabling the people to take an active role in making the decisions of the country would remove the power from the hands of the few and place it in the hands of the many. As most people want the same things (peace, fairness, equality, opportunity, freedom, a future for their children etc.) by giving everyone the opportunity to participate these wants would come to the fore and policy effecting them would be far more likely.
Benefit 2 – Corruption by big business would be removed.
Further, this system would not be corruptible as 45 million adults would be participating, and wouldn’t suffer so severely from outside influences or vested interests that sinisterly lurks beneath the Governmental veneer.
Benefit 3 – True participation would create feelings of enfranchisement.
Letting the public take control of their Country would spark national pride and interest that is sadly lacking in Britain today. Being a voting shareholder in ‘Great Britain plc’ would encourage people to take an active interest in the running and decision making process affecting their country and their future.
Benefit 4 – The greater the sample the closer the approximation.
Allowing a small handful of individuals to make decisions cannot and could never be more accurate than taking the opinions of the whole voting population. Statistically speaking, the larger the sample the more accurate is likely to be the result. Currently the number of people involved in making any particular decision on which we must all abide can be as few as 5, or one nine millionth of the voting population, or, graphically, the same proportion as one second is to 1000 days.
Benefit 5 – The removal of ‘party politics’.
Because this platform is so simple by removing any need for large manifestos full of policies and election promises a Government can be formed from people with diverse political leanings creating a much more realistic sub-section of the population and removing the unacceptable distortions of ‘party politics’.
The power of government is curtailed in that each member of parliament, while welcome to enter into the discussions, would only have the power of a single vote in a voting population of around 45 million, ensuring that debate is encouraged but the people would ultimately makes the decisions.
You are an adult – it is your country – you pay the tax that funds everything – so it is only fair that you have your share of the power to decide how your money is spent.
While government would still sit and discuss issues as it does today however there would be no parties with all representatives being chosen simply on the merit of local reputation. Any decision would go before ‘the House of the People’, where all voters could put forward concerns should they choose to in a simple on-line process. If 50,000 do so a ‘significant concern’ would be raised thereby forcing a referendum on that that policy, the result of which would be binding on the Government.
Similarly anyone would have the right to put forward a policy that – if it were supported by a 50,000 people – would be placed onto the ‘ ladder of suggestions‘ – on which everyone would have the opportunity to promote or demote each idea once, ensuring the best concepts percolate to the top. The top idea would become a ‘peoples initiative’ and go to referendum and, if passed by a majority of the people, would be passed to the Government to implement.
Voting would be made by commonplace communications means – internet, mobile apps, touch tone or by utilising slips at the post office for the non-computer minded – with voters inputting their national insurance number, five digit pin, issue reference and preferences. The votes would be registered in three entirely separate locations and the results produced live and in front of witnesses to ensure that all three tallied, removing all opportunity to cheat.
Referendum voting would be optional, open for a one month period and the result binding on government. If a referendum fails then the issue could not be placed on the register for voting on again within five years. There would be 12 such referendums in a year.
Benefit 6 – Because the whole voting population could be involved mathematics takes over and extreme influences ironed out.
The Government would be an elected assembly of independents. The House of Lords would have their power reduced so that they could comment but not legislate and their mandate would be to provide the checks and balances to ensure concepts met with basic test criteria, such as human rights legislation, fiscal viability, is a concept a ‘nonsense’ and so forth, prior to a concepts inclusion on the ‘ladder of suggestions’ and to form any new policy chosen by the people into a workable and legally supportable document acceptable to the people.
Mistakes are bound to happen – like a child finding it’s first faltering steps – but as the population becomes more enfranchised and starts to enjoy and appreciate the benefits of this free and fair system the joint decisions shall become better and the path to enlightenment and peace clearer and clearer.
It is therefore the sworn intent of any elected candidate standing for the Movement for Active Democracy to support and strive for the implementation of the above system where the people of Britain are given the freedom to govern themselves by being involved in every decision they choose to vote on in what will be the first true democracy.