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Monday, 10 December 2018

An idea for a new form of democracy

It is all very simple and I will suggest some benefits after I explain how simple it will be to implement.

Fist of all it won’t cost the tax payer any money – I’ll explain:

At present, we all go to vote once every five years. Implementing my idea will not change that at all, but unless you listen carefully you may miss how this can be achieved.

20% of the public vote each year so that, after five years, everyone only has one vote.

Each year those 20% will vote in 20% of the constituencies so that, in every five years those constituencies have held one election. It would be important that constituencies wouldn’t be next to each other but scattered throughout the country. 20% in Ireland, 20% in Wales, 20% in Scotland and so on.

There are 650 constituencies, which means 130 constituencies would vote each year. That will always be enough to bring a government down if they don’t keep to their manifesto, and govern for the people – rather than for the elite!

How will this very simple remedy affect democracy?

At present a newly formed government has five years to install their ideas which may not go down well with voters, who, at present, have to wait many years to exercise their power.

This new idea would mean votes on 20% of the constituencies could affect a newly elected government so if they drift off theoir manifesto promises, they may no longer lead in the house.

So a government would need to keep to their manefesto or risk losing power. In addition, the manifesto would need to stress the government plans over a one year period and a new one produced before the 20% election each year.

I will be the first to admit there could be better ways, but people don’t like change and for the voter, this doesn’t change anything.

Each voter will have one vote every five years—as they do now.

This idea has been thought out for the United Kingdom. The number of constituencies may need to change, as the percentage of voters would for some other countries. For instance, in America, they vote once every four years, so the percentage would be 25% and constituencies changed for each House. (435 in the House of Representatives and 100 in the Senate.)

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