The angst and impetus of the ‘Arab Spring’ is spreading, in Western societies as well, with good reason—the serious dysfunction and failure of the world’s governments to meet the needs and democratic aspirations of the people.
This book answers the cries of the thousands globally, who are unhappy with the state of politics; some because their particular needs and concerns get little notice, others perhaps due to frustration and despair at the way the world is going, with democracy seeming less and less able to get its act together.
But can there be a better way for democracy, a revolutionary system which could achieve effective, but peaceful change?' This book answers with a resounding “YES”.
The radical, but simple concept herein outlined—that all voting in parliament be conducted by secret ballot—is designed to restore the independence of all elected representatives, and accountability to their constituents in local forums, enabling them to assess and strongly represent those constituents’ views on each and every issue, in objective debate in parliament. In addition, by electing each official, minister and the Prime Minister by ballot, the members will also be empowered to transfer, at will, the executive authority of all officials to the whole parliament itself.
Parliament will then be efficient and strong—restoring government of the people, by the people and for the people—putting an end to party politics; its immaturity, inefficiency and unprincipled behaviour.
The scope of the book includes matters such as: Accountability and Representation, Lobbies and Pressure Groups, Proportional Representation, Compulsory Voting, Majority Rule, Citizen Initiated Referenda and the question of a Republic.
Incisive! Review by Geoff
This well written book addresses issues associated with our current parliamentary system. It describes how a minor change in the voting procedure would make a huge difference to the way parliament operates. I think this book offers a solution to the current apathy and cyncism directed towards our politicians. (Posted on 16/11/11)
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