Representative democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective ignorance of the political class on whatever subject matter you care to name. Government, which was designed for the protection of the people, has 'transferred', due to the apathy of the electorate, into the hands of politicians and special interest groups; resulting in an invisible empire having evolved above democracy.
Let us not forget that the United Kingdom belongs to the people and our government should not be an entity over us. The ultimate rulers of our democracy are not the political class, but the people of this country; therefore it is the people who should control the government, not the government the people.
Every few years we go through the process of a general election, encapsulating the hopes - and resultant disillusionment - on the part of the electorate. The genius of the political class, by means of representative democracy, is that they have kept people from ever questioning the inequity of a system where the people have no say in how their lives can be led nor the future direction of their nation. It has been said that the politics of representative democracy is the art of using euphemisms, lies, emotionalism and fear-mongering to dupe average people into accepting their own enslavement. As a result we, the people, are not a silent majority - we are a silenced majority.
Democracy must be built through the sharing of information, debate, accountability and, more importantly, power. When there is information, there is enlightenment, when there is debate, there are solutions, when there is accountability there is recourse. When there is no sharing of power, no true accountability, no debate, then what results, as we have witnessed, is abuse, corruption, subjugation and indignation.
In the United Kingdom most issues are addressed in idealogical terms. Issues themselves tend to take second place as the relative position of a party vis a vis another party tends to be the news; thus the issue(s) get lost as the media and politicians turn the debate into a battle between parties. Is it any wonder that voters show apathy at election times on the basis nothing changes whilst also expressing a dislike of the pettiness and 'yah boo' of British politics?
It becomes extremely tiring, nay frustrating, of hearing it said that democracy doesn't work. Of course it doesn't work - 'We' are supposed to work 'it' ; and the method by which that can be done is to embrace the ideals of direct democracy.
If this movement towards the adoption of direct democracy is to succeed, it must be 'people led'. It is therefore up to you, the people who believe in direct democracy, to frame that for which you wish.
Unlike other proponents of direct democracy, in this attempt to promote direct democracy, there is no 'control element' in the form of 'Advisory Panels', no 'Supervisory Committees', no regional 'Ambassadors', no predetermined methods of how the message should be 'disseminated', neither is there a 'top-down think-tank' 'suggesting' how you should think - you, the people, are all five.
In submitting articles or comments on whatever subject of direct democracy, for 'guidance' you may wish to refer to the Swiss Constitution (link at top of home page), together with Federal, Cantonal and Communal 'powers'. That in no way suggests that the Swiss system of direct democracy is the 'definitive' version and should be 'cut and pasted' into that for the United Kingdom - far from it.
All political systems need checks and balances built into them to ensure that power is not abused, and direct democracy is no different from any other system in that it to needs to be set up carefully; so it is suggested that must be borne in mind when submitting comments or articles.
Whilst the required aims of direct democracy are, I believe, well known and accepted, they do, in my opinion, require to be re-written on the basis their origin is now somewhat 'tainted'. Consequently the past is past - we begin afresh. What I suggest therefore is that, for example; concentration is given to how direct democracy can be progressed; a strategy so to do be agreed; is the formation of a new political party vital for progression of direct democracy; can lessons be learned from 5* (Italy) and AfD (Germany) where progression of our aims is concerned.
The 'floor', dear reader, is now yours……..