Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Power to the people (part 2)

Just signed the POWER Pledge after receiving several of the emails copied below. I favour all the changes listed: introducing a proportional voting system; scrapping ID cards and rolling back the database state; replacing the House of Lords with a fully elected chamber (which I note my Lib Dem opponent in Bristol East does not want); allowing only English MPs to vote on English laws; drawing up a written constitution. They have been Green Party policy for some some. I'm also making a point of campaigning for voters to have the power to sack MPs between elections (recall system) - and am firmly comitted to a wide range of radical reforms of our democratic system (details).

>Dear Sir or Madam,
>I live in the constituency you wish to represent in Parliament. As a
>candidate in the election you are asking me to vote for you. But I would
>first like to know if you understand the need for real change at this
>election - or instead want to continue with politics as usual.
>Our political system is broken. It has failed its people and its purpose.
>But there is a way for you to show that you want change - by signing the
>POWER Pledge.
>POWER2010 ran the UK's largest ever democratic consultation. Tens of
>thousands of people were involved in identifying the people's priorities
>for cleaning up and reforming our politics - and over 100,000 votes were
>cast. The five most popular reforms became the POWER Pledge. These are:
>1. Introduce a proportional voting system
>2. Scrap ID cards and roll back the database state
>3. Replace the House of Lords with an elected chamber
>4. Allow only English MPs to vote on English laws
>5. Draw up a written constitution
>To sign the POWER Pledge you don't have to agree with all five reforms.
>All you have to do is back a majority of the ideas - and then join our
>call for a reforming Parliament that will act on them.
>If you support at least three of these ideas I urge you to click the link
>below to sign the POWER Pledge:
> http://www.power2010.org.uk/page/s/ppcpowerpledge
>If you sign the Pledge your name will be added to a list on the POWER2010
>website of PPCs who are willing to stand up for change.
>Thank you!

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