More faux democracy

Politics Home is reporting that the Government is to introduce a ‘public reading stage’ before passing bills, so that members of the public can help improve legislation. Anybody will be allowed to make suggestions on a dedicated website, and civil servants will make a report out of the recommendations, which MPs and peers will consider before passing the bill. The leader of the House of Commons, Sir George Young, said: “By harnessing the experience of crowds our aim is to produce more open and better laws.”; linking to an article in the Times (£).

Do note the phrase “which MPs and peers will consider before passing the bill”, while the quote by George Young is patronizing in the extreme. This is nothing but a blatant attempt to fool the public into thinking that they have an opportunity to influence – and to ‘control’ – government when, as with the previous examples of a recall system for MPs and local referenda, it is nothing of the sort.

No doubt the gullible electorate will swallow this hook, line and sinker. Writing about the ongoing ‘banker crisis’, Janet Daley states: 

“……The last thing we need at this point is a revival of the Soviet dream of an economy owned, run and manipulated by the political class, to pitch the whole discussion into a futile diversion.”

to which I would counter by saying that the last thing we need is our country owned, run and manipulated by the political class – which, unfortunately for us, is exactly what we have at the moment.

Just saying…………


10 Responses

  1. graham wood says:

    The word “manipulation” occurs twice in your commment and quote from JD. She is quite right. This is just another gimmick on the part of the Rainbow Coalition, designed to fool the electorate into thinking that they have some “vital” voice in decision making processes.
    Rather like the similar illusion of the ‘Big Society’, and elected mayors, and incidentally the “jam tomorrow” promise of a referendum on membership of the EU.
    Mr Cameron, we are not deceived.

  2. A K Haart says:

    “This is nothing but a blatant attempt to fool the public into thinking that they have an opportunity to influence – and to ‘control’ – government”

    I agree – another box to tick.
    Public consulted – tick.
    Bill passed as originally drafted – tick.

  3. DP111 says:

    I was under the impression that more then 80% of the legislation that is enacted in the UK emanate from the EU. We the public, or parliament, has an say in the legislation coming down from high.

    • david says:

      And until we get out that is the way it will remain!

      • DP111 says:

        But how?

        Article 50 is the way out, but Cameron just does not have the inclination or the courage to take that door. Besides, he knows he will be committing political suicide if he even touched that handle.

  4. Peter C says:

    This is, as you say, simply another ploy to give an illusion of democracy. No doubt this web site will be engulfed by the axe-grinders and nutters who represent only the tiniest fraction of the popular view, making the whole thing a complete waste of time.

    I have made the point before, our problem is not so much that we lack democracy as that we have too much government. Paring government down to a minimum with government spending capped at 20% of GDP with a view to reducing that to 10% would solve most of out problems regarding a democratic deficit, if the government is not involved in most people’s life you don’t need democracy.

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