Policy: Saving British Democracy

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Britain doesn’t have a constitution. And the last few decades have seen many times the question has been levelled: what is it to be British? The union itself has also, equally, been often questioned.

Therefore we want a new constitution for Britain. A written, actual constitution.

And when elected to Government, we will hold a people’s congress; the congress will offer the option of independence to any region which democratically prefers it during the processes of that congress.

The congress will be composed of many smaller congresses, each one focused either on a region or an area of policy. Each congress can fracture smaller if need be, and would hold both physical and virtual meetings over the course of a set period of time.

And the decisions of the constitutional congress would, collectively, be final: the Government would be bound to act.

This would provide Britain a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to correct many wrongs, and find new paths wherever her people desire.

Even before that, our advocacy assemblies provide an open platform for various marginalised communities to express their priorities and concerns, and lead party policy in areas that impact them directly. This opens the way for more direct democracy in Britain, such as in the aforementioned planned constitutional congress.

We already can provide an open democracy platform for local communities to have a clear say in policy affecting their region & we will work to amplify their voices in the national conversation.

And we strongly believe everyone’s vote should count – which is why we support the implementation of proportional representation by the single transferable vote for general elections.

It’s also why we will reduce the voting age to 16. Sixteen year olds are perfectly capable of expressing political opinions, and we want to hear them.

We will seek to expand election laws around fairness on political reporting to more media, particularly to social media, and implement “purdah” style fairness rules all the time, not just during electoral campaigns – and we will either create a new political ad body, to work in cooperation with the Electoral Commission, or more strongly empower the ASA with regards political ads instead, whichever is most prudent (as a matter of ongoing development of policy).

We will seek federalisation of Britain into more fairly proportioned regions to ensure better, more granular democracy, furthering the devolution project started many years ago. We will hand more power to those regions to speak for themselves, as we have inside our own Party structure.

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