Zacís Questions, Debates and EDMs
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Where do I Stand?
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Where do I Stand? :: Direct Democracy
Whatever faith people had in the political process is in tatters. I’ve seen that directly on the doorstep. It’s tempting to blame the expenses scandal, but people were already pulling away from politics before the stories emerged.
It’s not because they don’t care about politics but because people feel disempowered by the way we do politics. Apart from the occasional vote, there’s almost nothing ordinary people can do to influence decision-making.
We need to pursue a programme of radical
decentralization. Over the years, power has become ever more remote. That is
true at every level. But it is particularly true at local level, where the
Local Authorities have been stripped of their powers by successive
In my view, people should be able to earn the
right to vote out of office any Councillor or MP, if enough signatures are
collected. This would keep politicians on their toes.
I’d go further. People should be able to trigger referendums on a wide range of important issues, locally and nationally. It shouldn’t be too easy, but it should be possible. The effect would be much better informed and more widespread debate.
This is an issue I have written about
extensively. If you’d like to see more, please click the following links. I
have also established an All-Party Parliamentary Group to pursue this agenda,
in addition to publishing two Bills – on Recall and on local Referendums. My
EDM on local referendums has the backing, so far, of 20 MPs. (Read more here: Zac leads debate on political and democratic
This is an issue I have written about extensively. If you’d like to see more, please click the following links: