Wednesday, September 5, 2012

In search of alternatives

How you can bring our ailing democracy back to life

Yesterday, Andreas Whittam Smith, founder of The Independent, announced a bold plan for a new political movement to restore British democracy. Here he unveils an initial manifesto for Democracy 2015 – and explains how you can get involved.

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10 thoughts on “In search of alternatives

  • Democracy is not ailing. Democracy is evolving, improving and cleaning itself.

    The old 20th century model of politicians being in charge without question is out and is being replaced by a new 21st century model, in large part due to the internet. Politicians are being forced to evolve into true servants of the people. In fact a lot of what politicians did in the 20th century is being rendered redundant by the internet.

    In essence we still have a political system geared to supply a 20th-century quantity (and style) of government, versus a new, 21st-century, internet-enabled reduced demand for government. So the general anti-politics mood is actually a reflection of this mismatch between demand and supply.

    Can you imagine William Gladstone, the great 19th century Liberal prime minister who toured the streets of Westminster inviting prostitutes to hear him read the Bible to them at 10 Downing Street, surviving even a week in the current era or mob-media rule and ill-willed neo-Puritanism?

    And how about Churchill, who never got up before midday, suffered from serious depression and drank a bottle of champagne a day, often in bed? They would be hounded out of Downing Street faster than you can say “Duck House”. Yet they are regarded as two of the true greats of British politics.

    Whilst the change we are going through is painful and we are upset at what we feel is wrong, the transformation is ultimately healthy. It has along way to go and I do of course wish it would hurry up. But I’ll be interested to see where it ends up.

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  • sack them all and start over, get rid of stupid laws, red tape, remove the power unelected councils have they simply have too much power in this country, reduce drinking age to 16 like other parts of europe, legalise prostitution great for taxes, reduce vat to 10% and put it on everything including sausage rolls lol

    get rid of this gravy train

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  • financial planner says:

    I’ve emailed to say I’m interested, unless they’re just another Socialist talking shop. Will you?

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  • Give me Churchill, any day of the week.

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  • mark wadsworth says:

    FP, no, I’ve thrown in my hand with YPP.

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  • @2 mark, so many questions:

    * “sack them all and start over,” — it’s called a General Election, and happens no more than every five years.

    * “get rid of stupid laws,” — such as?

    * “red tape,” — which?

    * “remove the power unelected councils have they simply have too much power in this country,” — you’ve not heard of local elections then? Nor are aware that our LAs are the most emasculated they have ever been, as local now normally means government diktat.

    * “reduce drinking age to 16 like other parts of europe, legalise prostitution great for taxes, reduce vat to 10% and put it on everything including sausage rolls lol” — losing you now.

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  • dude did you know the local council can spy on you using terrorism laws to check if you put your bin out, no amount of elections will change this

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  • Single term politicians sounds like a brilliant idea!!……..except for one minor detail what is their incentive to do a good job? Won’t these captains of industry, head teachers, trade union leaders etc just do what the current crop do when they don’t think they’ll get re-elected or decide to retire from the benches? They’ll just spend their one and only term angling for a highly paid consultancy job or seat on a board of directors.
    Simpler way to do it, no-politician should be allowed to become Chancellor of the exchequer without a PHD in applied economics and 10 years experience working in industry, no non head-teachers heading the department of education, no non doctors in charg eof health, generals only to apply for MoD etc etc etc Politicians should at least be qualified and experienced to run the departments they head up. Also their gold plated pensions shoudl be performance linked.

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  • just been to the hospital nothing wrong with me but had to visit.

    £3 to park

    then I overheard a conversation of a girl who works in the hospital on a contract basis she was telling the other girl it is a dream job, her daily target is to see 2 people, she earns double what a full time employee earns, then she had a moan to the girl she had to see 7 people one day which annoyed her as it was more then her daily target, what a joke the system is, overpaid and a waste of money

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  • Interesting. I wonder whether it will get going.
    Easier to trot out the same old hackneyed stuff on blogs.

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