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Voting Reform – Ten Million Signature Petition

December 19, 2016

Many of those campaigning for voting reform are hoping for a ‘progressive alliance’ of parties committed to voting reform and fighting the next election on that platform. Sadly I am pessimistic about this. Certainly in Dorset it does not appear that activist feel unable to set aside their narrow party allegiances. Also in Canada where the Liberal Party under Justinc Trudeau won power promising voting reform are now backing off reform as they see that First Past the Post had helped them to power. Parliament as a whole has to be convinced that the public just not trust them, and that without reform Britain will become a populist dictatorship.

As a start we need a petition signed by at least ten million people. Impossible? Perhaps not –  a government petition demanding  “…a rule that if the remain or leave vote is less than 60% based [sic] a turnout less than 75% there should be another referendum”, attracted over four million votes. The government was able to ignore that. We need ten million people who understand WHY we need reform.

Britain faces unprecedented challenges in the 21st century; we need to be united not divided. Under First Past the Post governments keep control by dividing us, misleading us, and indoctrinating us. We need a government that listens, and educates in the sense of leading us to think about the issues. We need  a voting system that does not merely ensure fair shares for parties, but puts people in control.

Reaching ten million people means seeking out people in whatever groups they meet Churches, WI, rotary, U3A, civic societies… It is going to be tough but let’s make it a New Year resolution to try. What are YOUR networks?

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