It seems that Nigel Farage is not just a beer-drinking MEP after all – he actually thinks about democracy, and the disconnect with the British public, and is proposing some measures to overcome the problems, which I find very reassuring.
“The Ukip leader said that voters should be able to veto planning decisions, sack bad MPs and challenge council tax rises”.
“Nigel Farage has said that his party will be an advocate of direct democracy by giving voters the power in a referendum to block local housing, environmental or transport schemes. He also said he wanted voters to be given a more direct say in foreign affairs issues, arguing that Swiss-style referendums can bind countries together.”
This is definitely the start of a move in the right direction. The Swiss system must be the envy of the world, as the people are regularly consulted on matters of importance. There is no other British politician that would contemplate such a concession!
“Asked in what circumstances he envisaged a referendum being held, the Ukip leader said people should be able to call a vote “to stop something from happening” to which they objected.”
“He said “I see direct democracy working as a valuable safety net when the political class have got too far out of touch with political opinion.”
“By giving people the chance to call a major national referendum or sack a rotten MP, people might feel more empowered and more favourable to government and what they are doing.”
“He revealed that he is nervous about involvement of private companies in delivering public services, saying he regarded himself as a traditionalist in terms of the relationship between business and government.”
This has to be streets ahead of what we have now – which is absolutely nothing!
Now its early days, I know, as the next election is in 2015, but the UKIP manifesto needs to be fleshed out. If this is an indication of where it will be going, I’m all for it.
Compared to the usual stench of British politics