Statement

For far to long people in lands across our planet have been subjugated to rule ranging from one man to groups of men numbering hundreds, all in the name of democracy. The system of democracy which has prevailed, representative democracy, is no longer fit for purpose.

In starting this website - and with the intention to stir debate - some ideas for discussion have already been submitted. It may also help stimulate what I hope will be an interesting discourse if readers refer here, here and here - three articles I wrote in November 2011 and which I believe were the catalyst for the promotion of direct democracy; articles which prompted a 'conversation' with another blogger on the merits of direct democracy. I refer to these articles as a further source which may be of assistance in your deliberations.

In the same vein, Robert Brooke wrote three extremely good articles on the subject of power; here, here and here. I would suggest they too are well worth reading as they provide further food for thought.

As I previously have written on Scribblings from Seaham it is not my intention to lead this debate - yes, I can/will offer guidance and advice if so asked, or where I think it necessary; but having been given the opportunity, which has never previously been afforded, it is up to you to decide how the ills that beset this nation of ours can best be addressed. All that I hope is that you make use of it to the best of your abilities.

 

 

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6 thoughts on “Statement

  1. Not totally certain I'm commenting in the correct area but I think that will work itself out as it develops.

    There are several things running through my mind and have been for a while. I will attempt to keep them separate for individual discussion. One of those is what I see as the 'presumed powerlessness' amongst the electorate -that situation where we feel a sense of helplessness and therefore unable to change the status quo.

    Part of that is what I see as Westminster illusion of power -the game where the Westminster elite huddle together in a single mass and appear untouchable and unstoppable. They have created the idea that Westminster is the battleground. The key words here though are illusion, appear and created. On close examination it's like the scene in the Wizard of Oz in that if you pull back the curtain there is a just a show to scare you into the submission we see.

    They have helped perpetuate that illusion and to this point we have responded to it. In my opinion there is a critical flaw and one that can be exploited as part of the long journey we are to undertake.

    The real battleground is their local constituency. It is to there they must come in order to get permission to return to Westminster. This is the weak link in the chain for them because it's here that they are separated from the herd and at their most vulnerable. I think there needs to be a concerted effort to redefine this as the battleground so that the argument (and therefore them) is dragged to the constituency and fought out where we are strongest.

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    1. Flyinthesky

      It is indeed the weak link in the chain but that said what is the point of local democracy if they all have to operate within the constraints of national policy, it is in fact the continued illusion of democracy. there is no democracy just promisory politics to facilitate continuance. We're in now, you're having this.

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      1. I do agree with the point you're making. I think the observation I was tying make above was more a point of mindset amongst those who want a change but feel powerless. I think the sources of that powerlessness and subsequent inaction is because they're deliberately made to feel that way.

        In my mind the first step on this long journey is to acknowledge the need to go on a journey of greater political activation and organisation. In my mind I feel we need to look to the US where we see the formation of local political action chapters to tip the balance back to the constituency. I don't see a reason why it couldn't include local politics too but I do believe it has to be creating an effect in Westminster.

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        1. Tony Day

          I would make the following points:-
          I am not so sure that existing party MP's are that vulnerable in their constituency’s they do have local party organisations / clubs that provide aid and support , particularly at election times.
          Maybe the ones that are most vulnerable are those that sit on traditional large majorities and thus both the MP and local support organisations are complacent.
          I tend to agree with the point about local democracy and constraints imposed by Central Government, however Frome in Somerset is an example of what can be achieved locally as regards upsetting the statutsquo.

          "In my mind the first step on this long journey is to acknowledge the need to go on a journey of greater political activation and organisation."

          Couldn't agree more, as I keep on saying the only way to change the system is to get bums on the green baize that will force change from within and to do that will require a lot of local effort.

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          1. I suspect that vulnerability will always be difficult to ascertain, especially at the outset.

            A couple of things do however spring to mind. One is a question of how much is their security in their majority due to the fact that they they exist in the context they do i.e. one in which they are relatively unchallenged until an election is due? I wonder how that might look over time if there was a well organised politically aware chapter working day in day out shining a light of scrutiny on their MP with a persistent social media presence. How interested would the local party machine be in tackling that day in day out.

            I think there's something else too. Whilst a chapter might not make the inroads initially in their locale they might show the way for say, a neighbouring constituency who may not have thought of such a way forward. If enough of these were to start - who knows.

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