DEMOCRACY

 

The British Houses of Parliament

 

Government has become unaccountable, unchecked rule. Those in power have power over the people of the land for domination and abuse. This is what existed before democracy, a land of peasants and serfs used and held down by a ruling elite of lords and kings. The whole point of democracy was to rid us of this and replace it with the will of the people enacted by their chosen representatives. Therefore, the whole point of democracy requires us to change the current set-up and replace it with true representation of the people. 

We should start by asserting the following points:

  • We do not want rule of parliament, but instead professional management of the country by parliament according to the wishes of the electorate under the rule of law.
  • Human rights, justice, equality and lawfulness at all times constrain and underlie our society, including its government. Government legislation must be within the principles we declare as good and right, so that there can be no deliberate creation of inequality to serve the enrichment of the few, for example, as this is against the people’s rights as outlined in our declarations.
  • Privilege has no place in the rule of the country and is barred from executive decision making. No-one is to have a say in how the country is run simply by birthright, money, title or assumed right to command or influence.
  • The rule of law must be strengthened so that governments can be taken to court if their legislation goes against human rights and the rules of civilised decency.

We can then create the mechanisms that will bring about true accountable representation in parliament:

  • People’s representatives at all times actually chosen by the people in the local area;
  • Real discussion organised in the local area about what tax money should be spent on, and who should be the representatives in local and national government to enable this;
  • All areas of life in the local area – childhood, teenage years, jobs, social life, medical care, the environment – represented and discussed for development and good change, and real local involvement in new schemes and allocating the financing of these;
  • Genuine support for the people’s various groups, for the local party and the MP, so as to ensure a real accountable democratic representation concerning all these areas of people’s lives for the first time;
  • Open financial accountability at all times;
  • The implementation of modern technology to achieve these democratic goals.

Instead of imposed party power-politics, we shall create a professional system designed to achieve what needs to be done, and that actually does it.

This will include a comprehensive reworking of the House of Lords to ensure a professional second chamber, not one created by privilege and party appointment.

We can establish a genuinely exciting programme to build a real modern social democracy that works, and in which everyone is involved. This will take time, but with nationwide involvement and interest we can turn around the descent into base group-violence and thieving inequality, and genuinely get a better system than we’ve ever had before.

Genuinely democratic representatives of the people must gain a majority in parliament, therefore, and use that majority to enact legislation that develops democracy and ends the concept of power and rule. This will require legislation about the nature of government, constraints on governments, and requirements and laws about legislation itself.

Being in government will be a professional job, in service to the country to organise and manage the land, solve problems, respond to needs and emergencies, and enact legislation accordingly, all for the benefit of the people whose representatives these professional managers are.

There will be a clearly stated job description to ministerial office, including the office of Prime Minister, that states that the incumbent is not in any way in power. Ministers are public servants, not leaders.

 

CHECKS AND BALANCES

One of the most important aspects of government should be to regulate human behaviour so that abuse is curbed. It does no good to operate from the position that everyone is basically nice and will behave. Once we have as our starting point a clear understanding of human evil, of the way in which cruelty and winning by destroying losers’ lives actually plays out in human interactions, we can then establish one of the stated points of having a government to be the enacting of legislation designed to control and stop this. Legislation cannot therefore deliberately allow and organise abuse, and we need structures in place to sack and prosecute any of our representatives that try this on.

Therefore governments themselves need to be controlled so that they don’t abuse. The most important change that needs to be made initially is that of removing absolute power from a small group for five years without any checks and balances.

Changing the voting system is less important today than changing the ability of governments to abuse the populace. The whole point of worrying about replacing first-past-the-post with proportional representation was that the majority of the land hated Tory abuse, but were split in party loyalties, so that Tory governments were elected with a minority vote and allowed to continue their abuse unchecked, against the will of the people. Supporters of the Liberal Democrats agitated for PR because they felt that more power held by the Liberals in the land would curb Conservative wrongdoing.

That argument no longer applies. Instead, our development of democracy must concentrate on the creation of formal checks and balances to power, so that ministers are constrained to behave decently. If all governments are required by law to be professional, honest, decent managers, or go to jail, then it doesn’t matter so much how they got there.

 

PEOPLE POWER

Management of the people’s collected finances is one of the most important aspects of government. Taxation and spending must be organised in an honest, open, accountable and practical way. Structures will to be in place so that the people can sack MPs who behave fraudulently.

Furthermore, there will be a clear way of establishing what people do want their money spent on, so that their representatives can know this and act accordingly, and everyone can see what’s going on, what has been called for by the people, and whether or not this is what is being organised.

A system of involvement of the people of the land at local, regional and national level will not only establish this with a working structure (such as internet-based discussion and voting about all sorts of issues throughout a government term), but will be a real move forward in the development of civilisation.

Involvement of the people in government should be part of government policy, with measures taken to ensure that there are forums for discussion, physically and virtually, that are widely known about and supported, on all sorts of issues from local concerns to national decision-making.

Voting would not then be about choosing your favourite bully gang, but genuinely about influencing policy. Of course abusers will try to hijack this, but we can moderate these people’s discussions, asserting the primacy of human rights and removing any campaign that involves bigotry, violence, bullying, or the domination and aggression of one group against others (such as religious sectarianism). We can then encourage all people to be involved locally and to have opinions nationally, and include discussion and awareness of this in the national curriculum, so a generation of politically aware children grow up to be actively involved in the development of civilisation.

We will ensure that people’s representatives are actually chosen by the people in the local area. Then there can be real discussion organised in the local area about what tax money should be spent on, and who should be the representatives in local and national government to enable this.

All areas of life in the local area – childhood, teenage years, jobs, social life, medical care, the environment – should be represented and discussed for development and good change, with real local involvement in new schemes and allocating the financing of these, with open financial accountability at all times.

Central government will organise genuine support for the people’s various groups, for the local community and their MP, so as to ensure a real accountable democratic representation concerning all these areas of people’s lives for the first time. Instead of imposed party power-politics, we shall create a professional system designed to achieve what needs to be done, and that actually does it.

All this will require technology for democracy. But, wonderfully, that technology now exists. It is simply a matter of deciding to structure democracy properly, then project-managing the unfolding of that structure. It won’t be difficult. It will be very exciting.

 

 

Photo of the Houses of Parliament by Davide Simonetti