3 Steps to Re-invigorating our Democracy

1. A proportional voting system which retains an MP constituency link is essential to a healthy democracy. A system in which one party needs 26,000 votes to elect one MP whilst another requires over 3,000,000 cannot be described as democratic. A proportional voting system would prevent Labour taking for granted safe seats which have been the cause of so much disillusionment and flight of voters to the SNP, UKIP and the Greens and enable Labour to have a consistent say in UK politics and not be relegated through periods of wilderness. The voting system should be changed through a two part referendum such as in New Zealand with Labour supporting a vote for reform.

2. A strong Political education should be a mandatory part of any secondary education. A well informed electorate is essential to hold the government to account and prevent the disenfranchisement of the young.

3. The possibility of Compulsory voter registration and voting should be investigated, enforced with a moderate fine. It is essential that politicians are forced to listen and to be held to account by the poor, young and typically disenfranchised groups, with a clear option for "none of the above" to make clear people's right to support no political party if they wish. Whilst this may appear regressive if carried out within the context of an economic policy organised in the interests of the least advantaged, the positives for our democracy could be gained without anyone losing out.


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  • commented 2016-08-10 09:09:49 +0100
    The resulting issue may be consistently hung parliaments with little or no progress made.
    Open to debate, but the system would need to have some means of resulting in a mandate either way rather than a return to the National Governements of the 1930s.
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  • commented 2016-07-29 19:16:32 +0100
    JC has helped us to be listened to too.
  • commented 2016-07-29 19:14:24 +0100
    if participatory democracy is practiced then people would be motivated to go to the ballot box, but if we continue with the current system where the MPs know it all, why vote ?
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  • commented 2016-07-29 09:27:31 +0100
    “A strong Political education should be a mandatory part of any secondary education. A well informed electorate is essential to hold the government to account and prevent the disenfranchisement of the young.”

    Quite true but such an education must not be an – indoctrination – to understand politics the youth should be should not just be taught about how our political system functions but they must also be taught about all political possibilities in the words of their own proponents.

    To really understand the possibilities of politics and to prevent them being locked into current paradigms individuals need to understand the possibilities of choice between Libertarianism and Authoritarianism and between Socialisms the Third Ways and monetarist small state Capitalisms.
    They also need to now that there is a possibility of choice between internationalism and forms of isolationism, neutrality and interventionism, industrialism and agrarianism, growth based economy and a sustainability based economy and an import export based economy or a self sufficiency based economy etc.

    To do less than this would rob them of the ability to imagine the full range of political possibilities that are open to the UK as the means of dealing with an ever changing world.

    “The possibility of Compulsory voter registration and voting should be investigated, enforced with a moderate fine.”

    I feel that this is quite contrary to the liberty of the individual. Let us live in a country where people are free to do whatever they want to self actualize and live according to their particular inclinations within the broad limits of the law.

    Anyway – why use a stick when you can use a carrot? Surely it is better to give some incentive to encourage people to vote rather than punish those who refuse and whose very refusal to vote may be a political statement in itself.
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