Re Election?- Rejection!

james armstrong james36armstrong at
Thu Jan 7 22:20:34 GMT 2010

From: james36armstrong at hotmail.comHello ,If we want the land, we need a central body as the  
holder of theland in the name of the people.The land will have to be bound into the constitutional set up to protect it for ever. A people's`Assembly is such a body.An election approaches and now is an appropriate time to canvas for such an Assembly. There are many moves afoot for change in the system of government and I want to 
show the advantages of an Assembly over the  proposal, which I think inadeqaute, to set up a system of referenda on upcoming issues. I admire that inititative but think there is a flaw in the  goal, of referenda/ums on demand.
The flaw is that it is reactive  and ephemeral
- just the defects that allow HMG to ignore one million demonstrators in Feb they contemptuously  ignored the Charter signed by one million Chartists in 1840's.
An Assembly of the people, sitting as the third chamber of government (or second if you abolish the anti democratic Lords) chosen by lot among literate people, - only this can have a continual presence and act as raporteur having a continuous dialogue with H of C who are the people's paid servants- though little do they act like it!.Its main job is to set  the agenda of debate and generally set the  parameters within which the H of C operates.  It is patently obvious that the  elected members cannot be relied on to control their own excesses.  Also they are in turn ,hopelessly controlled by the cheque books of the  industrial and financial and even foreign political  lobbies.  (I am thinking for shocking example where more than 50% of Tory members are 'Conservative Friends of Israel' and many socialists in Labour Friends of IsraelThe assembly needs a 'wild card' to be used in extremis , with  which to demote any MP who is suborned by a lobbyist.  
This Assembly is the direct voice of the  people holding the (merely) elected H of C to account.
Without a constantly sitting Assembly control of MP's, and control of the government  is impossible.
Also the right of a referendum does not address the main problem - the country is run by the cheque books of the  party funders and the financial, political and industrial `lobbies.
This proposed Assembly system is a suitable development of democracy for free, educated evolved self conscious men and women with their sights on the future, not on the horribly flawed precedents of the past.  James, Dorchester.

> Date: Thu, 7 Jan 2010 18:01:57 +0100
> From: info at
> To: press at
> Subject: Early general election? Help swing the pendulum towards democracy reform
> Setting the scene
> Most politicians oppose strong democracy, the sort in which the
> electorate, citizens are able to participate effectively. Once elected,
> politicians want to be in charge without having to worry about
> interference by the people who elected them. The people's view is that a
> bit more control of politics and the ability to better steer our own
> public affairs would be good for all of us.
> Many people feel that politics and government in Britain do very little
> for them. A large majority agree with the essential principle of direct
> democracy, that an agreed number of voters should be able to put forward
> a proposal and demand a referendum about it. This reform would give us
> "partial direct democracy" -- parliament and government would continue
> to function much as before, doing most of the work of running the
> country. From time to time though, on some public issues which we
> select, the electorate would take over responsibility to decide a matter
> of law or constitution directly. This is a very effective way for the
> electorate, The People, to influence and guide what politicians do in
> our name.
> To obtain this reform we need straightforward guidelines for the new
> methods of democracy. We can model them on other countries. The most
> obvious way to proceed would be by passing a law in parliament which
> provides working rules, e.g. for the citizens' law-proposal and
> veto-referendum.
> To get a law like this passed we clearly need a majority of MPs in the
> House of Commons. A bill would be presented by a political party or a
> group of convinced MPs.. How can the electorate, We The People, arrange
> for the necessary majority to emerge? The rapid answer is "an effective
> reform campaign". Some ways to do this have already been published (2).
> One effective tactic is to show prospective MPs that they will ONLY be
> elected if they promise to support the campaign, and the direct
> democracy reform law in parliament. How can this be done? Here's the
> secret: In the run-up period to elections we must approach candidates,
> party campaign offices and central offices, with the message
> The election-campaign plan-of-action
> 1. Background detail about citizen-led democracy is available via
> 2. Available on request
> I&R ~ GB
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