Democracy is the process by which the citizens of a country, all who have an equal opurtunity, get to decide together how they want their nation to be ruled.
We don’t live in a true democracy. We live in a parliamentary democracy. So we elect our representatives and they go and do what ever they want on our behalf. They don’t need to check with the electorate about every decision, though if they make too many bad decisions they end up being voted out.
Douglas Carswell (Con: Clacton, Essex) is different from other representatives has decided to open up his private members bill to the demo or masses. With the help of Guido Fawkes of order-order.com who has set up a poll you too can help choose what the contents of his private members bill will be.
The choices are as follows.
- Bloggers Freedom Bill: Us bloggers don’t have the facilities of in-house lawyers, nor the bottomless pits of a trust paying for our expenses and losses. So if we make a mistake and libel someone, we would get a period of grace before legal action starts. This period would allow for the person libelled to request removal of the libel and only if no action was taken would the legal process start. The period would be something like 48hours.
- Defence Procurement Bill: Currently big defense contracts are handed out to a number of big companies with details kept secret for commercial reasons. This works in the favour of the big companies, but not in favour of the armed forces themselves. Nor us taxpayers who foot the bill. What this bill will do is make a legal requirement that defence contracts are put out to public tender. It will also prevent civil servents from working for the defence contractors without signficant checks having been carried out.
- Great Repeal Bill: The goverment made a great play of saying that they would repeal some of the 3000 laws created by Tony Blair. However nothing much has happened. Details of this bill can be found here at Wikiversity.
- Repeal of the European Communities Bill: This one doesn’t need much explanation. Basically it requires the UK to leave the European Economic Community which it joined in 1973.
- Competing Currencies Bill: This bill will remove the requirement that legal tender is the Pound. With the growth of the internet it becomes easier for many currencies to be used seamlessly. This would mean that the government couldn’t keep printing money just because its decided to bail out some bankers. This would also mean that the economy would be more stable and not driven by the whims of bonkers prime ministers(NSFW).
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