What if we started again?

posted 27 Apr 2010, 05:20 by Peter Shields   [ updated 27 Apr 2010, 06:00 ]
If we started our democracy again, how would we do it?

That's an easy one. There's lots of countries that have become democracies over the last decade.  How do they do it when they're starting from scratch?

Remember Iraq? The war that was 'justified' on the grounds of regime change (though how they justify it depends on what day of the week it is and who they're talking to).  What sort of democratic regime have we installed there?  And what about Romania, Bulgaria, Russia, South Africa, Scotland & London even ... all newcomers to democracy.  How do they conduct their elections?

Answer: Proportional Representation. Every one of them.  I can't find a single example of a new democracy that chooses "First Past The Post" - but I'm more than happy for someone to prove me wrong.

All this talk of hung parliaments has highlighted the farcical outcomes "First past the post" brings about - those with the least votes receiving the most seats in Parliament.  A typical MP has less than a quarter of the electorate vote for them.  It'd be funny if it wasn't such a travesty.

Want to start again?  Me too.

Proper representation is a start but lets take it even further.  Lets give the power to the people - ALL of it.  Power corrupts.  So don't keep placing it all in a handful of people - let's disperse it to everyone.

Vote for yourself. Vote for Direct Democracy. Vote Peter Shields. 

[Hat-tip: oldholborn.net]
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