Tuesday, 26 May 2009

Parliamentary reform in less than 150 words

The Green Party has long campaigned for radical parliamentary reform, to give people more influence over the decisions that affect them at every level of government.

The principle of subsidiarity is at the heart of our vision. We want more powers for local councils, not for unelected quangos.

We want a Bill of Rights, a written constitution, an elected second chamber. A power of recall. Measures to promote the involvement of more women and members of ethnic minorities. We want fixed term parliaments.

Above all, we need proportional representation. Our first-past-the-post electoral system almost always results in a minority government - a government that more people have voted against than have voted in favour of.

It’s time the mother of parliaments caught up with the rest of Europe and more truly reflected the diversity of political opinion in the country as a whole.

1 comment:

  1. Fixed term parliaments.Yes.
    That is the one unfulfilled demands of the chartists 150 years ago.
    Thankfully we won universal suffrage ,secret ballots,and ironically payment for MPs.
    But the Chartists were true democrats,and they also said that MPs should be truly accountable.So, part of the chartists' petition was for annual parliaments.Then everyone had one chance a year to sack their representatives if they were screwing up,lying,stealing,starting wars,etc.
    Sounds fairly reasonable to me!
    Last point.
    People's representatives should not earn more from taxpayers than the majority of the taxpayers they represent.It might not be a welcome prospect to many prospective MPs,but imagine being able to say to the electorate"look,I'm definately not in it for the money".