Voting is Never Enough – We Need a People’s Manifesto!

Voting is never enough to determine the wishes of the electorate. It leaves everything open to conjecture and interpretation, with disastrous results. Take a look at “David Cameron: Brussels has become ‘too big and too bossy‘”, for example.

“Mr Cameron will argue that appointing one of the last senior politicians to advocate a federal European state to the top EU job is a serious mistake following the surge of Eurosceptic and far-Right at European elections.”

“We need an approach that recognises that Brussels has got too big, too bossy, too interfering. We need more for nation states. Europe cannot shrug off these results,”, said the Prime Minister.”

But:-

“A defiant Francois Hollande, the French President, refused to accept that his crushing election defeat at the hands of Marine Le Pen’s Front National mean that the EU should scale back ambitions to create a political union.”

“They did not vote against Europe but for a Europe that works,” he said.

The result is that Cameron will try to block plans to appoint Jean-Claude Juncker, one of the last supporters of a United States of Europe, as president of the European Commission, and Hollande will support his appointment.

Juncker was largely responsible for clauses on EU economic and monetary union (the process that would eventually give rise to the Euro) and was himself a signatory to the treaty in 1992. He is a federalist, not exactly what we need!

Although not strictly part of this discussion, my personal preference would be for Alexis Tsipras, who wants radical reform of the Union and the single currency,and has the experience of being at the shitty end of the EU Financial stick for far too long. We all know what austerity has done for Greece!

You might like to read this:- Alexis Tsipras’ program for the European Commission presidency: ‘A mandate for hope and change

Right, now back to the main theme.

After any election, the incoming government will not go to the electorate to ask for clarification of certain points, it won’t even care what the electorate says or thinks. It will base its policy on which parts of its manifesto it chooses to honour, and in accordance with how much money it has to spend, (and/or can borrow).

This leaves the electorate in suspension until the next election, at which time it will have another chance to make a statement, which once again won’t be understood.

There has to be a better way of running a Democracy!

There is. The electorate has to produce its own manifesto – the People’s Manifesto – and elect a government that will work with it.

This, in conjunction with a functional “Recall” facility, would give us not only a road map of where the country should be headed, but also control over the driver to ensure that we get there.

I have no illusions whatsoever about the amount of work that will be required to do this. I am hoping that 38Degrees could give us some support here, and have contacted them already with a proposal. I saw what they had already done with “Where the Parties Stand.” before the election, and know that they could modify their system to give the results we need.

I am waiting for a response on that request.

In the meantime, if any of you have constructive ideas about how to proceed, I would love to hear them!

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