Richard North, EUReferendum, has published a draft of the 6 demands that are required as a means of changing the ‘skewed’ system of democracy under which we presently live. The ‘Provisional List’ has been ‘tweaked’ slightly with one amendment and one change in regard to presentation – it is however, as I have commented on his Forum, something that I can support and endorse.
My reasons for so doing are that the ‘provisional list’ contains the elements upon which the system of direct democracy is founded; namely that the people are sovereign, ie they and they alone have the opportunity to decide what is or is not ‘acceptable’; that they and they alone decide how politicians can spend their money (taxation); that they and they alone have the means to ensure that no treaty, law or regulation can come into effect without their ability to decide otherwise; and that the countries, or nations – and much discussion is taking place on the Forum twixt the difference – that comprise the present ‘United Kingdom’ can become separate ‘entities’ while maintaining the existing ‘unity’ where relations with the rest of the world are concerned.
As I have previously written, it is the apparent acceptance of the Harrogate attendees that ‘sovereignty of the people’ is important – and I immediately have to ask whether does not ‘sovereignty of the people’ demand the introduction of the basic element embodied in the idea of direct democracym namely the idea of ‘people power’?
It is also interesting that he who wrote:
“The idea of direct democracy, therefore, is to an extent simply swapping one form of oppression for another. Instead of being oppressed by the ruling élite, who believe they know what is good for us, we are ruled by the infinitely malleable masses, who impose their mores, in many respects more restrictive that a liberal élite.
What WfW might be neglecting, therefore, is that the term democracy comes in two parts, the dêmos (people) kratos (power). Direct democracy simply shifts the mechanisms by which the majority – the people – exert their power over the rest of us. It does not necessarily ensure a better use of that power.”
now seems, with the proposed 6 demands, to be embracing the concept for that which I originally argued.
No system of democracy is perfect is it, but with the 6 demands it is nice to see that I appear to have, at least, one convert to my idea…..
Just saying, Richard……………..