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What A Better Way to Govern will do - Election Manifesto

An Interim People's Parliament

‘A Better Way to Govern’ will be elected as an interim 'People's Parliament' and remain in session for a single continuous term, as set out below, until such time as at least 75% of members of the House of Commons have agreed on systems and procedures for electing, appointing, or otherwise securing future Central and other governments

Legislation to Implement & Protect the New System

‘A Better Way to Govern’ will, after agreement as above, legislate to:-

  1. bring this new system into being and give it permanent effect
  2. prevent this new system from being subsequently usurped, overthrown, or replaced by any subsequent government, or alternative system, for at least 20 years unless by public referendum approved by 55% of the electorate (i.e. those entitled to vote)
  3. prepare the machinery and mechanisms required to give effect to such new system within 4 months of the legislation coming into force

Letting Things Run

‘A Better Way to Govern’ will endeavour not to interfere with present legislation, believing that:-

  1. most, if not all, matters of National Policy and Legislation will properly be the concern of the subsequent Government elected under the new system to be agreed.
  2. our Civil Service is more than competent to administer the day-to-day functions of Government.

Day to Day Affairs

'A Better Way to Govern’ will require the new House of Commons to:-

  1. appoint Cabinet of Ministers to existing ministerial posts in order to address any matters that cannot be left for the subsequent Government. It will authorise each minister to co-opt up to 4 expert advisers on an as needed basis for any matter requiring Government decision. Where appropriate ratification by simple majority voting will be sought for these decisions from Members of the Commons without debate.
  2. ‘A Better Way to Govern’ will reduce pay of Members of Parliament to £50,000 gross, with the pay of Ministers and other officers being reduced proportionately.
  3. ‘A Better Way to Govern’ will secure and pay for hotel accommodation in London for all MP’s as and when they are required to discharge Parliamentary duties in London, discontinuing all payments and other support for second homes and the like. It will also provide economy class air, rail and coach travel vouchers to MP’s for all occasions when they are required to visit London on Parliamentary business. Only one return fare will be allowed per requirement.
  4. ‘A Better Way to Govern’ will primarily be concerned with examining possible alternative forms of democratic representation and Government at all levels of society throughout Britain.
    In consultation with the electorate, the Lords and the Civil Service, it will progressively consider and vote upon these in the manner specified below until one preferred method has been selected and agreed upon by 75% or more of members of the Commons. The procedure for this will be as follows:-
    1. All elected members of the Commons will present possible methods of selection, representation and government to both Houses of Parliament. A Tribunal of senior Civil Servants, aided by external specialists as appropriate, will then classify and report on these, identifying such practical examples as may exist globally with comments on their efficacy and suitability for application in Britain, with special regard to:-
      1. Currently and imminently available equipment and modes of communication, sharing information, collaborative working, decision taking, voting, and the like.
      2. Funding of political organisations, operations and elections, or other means of securing transparent, unbiased representation free from improper external influence.
      3. The need for any level of Government
      4. The following 12 heads of consideration:
        1. A Better Way to Avoid Corruption
        2. A Better Way to Business Equity
        3. A Better Way to Defend Britain
        4. A Better Way to Deliver Justice
        5. A Better Way to Elderly Care
        6. A Better Way to Environmental Economics
        7. A Better Way to Future Prosperity
        8. A Better Way to House Britain
        9. A Better Way to Regulate Banking
        10. A Better Way to Reward Efforts
        11. A Better Way to Secure Democracy
        12. A Better Way to Universal Education
    2. Election and financing of local government and similar bodies
    3. Such other matters that are brought forward during the course of the election campaign and deemed worthy of consideration by the Cabinet.
  5. Categorised reports on each proposal, as referred to above, will be provided to each Member of Parliament and the House of Lords. Each category will also be accompanied by a video recording of one or more presentation / lectures by experts in each area explaining and comparing the details and implications of each proposal.
  6. Members of Parliament will be required to read these reports, watch the video’s and attend staged debates in the House of Commons between 3 proposers and 3 opposers of each proposal.
  7. If such opposers and proposers cannot be found for any proposition it will be put on one side for possible future consideration after all others have been considered.
  8. After each ‘debate’ Members of Parliament will return to their constituencies and, using the Reports and Video aids given to them, together with existing constituency offices, present this information to, and take soundings of, opinion from their constituents:-
    1. via local media including the web and e-mail
    2. by directly hiring meeting rooms, cinema’s etc. as appropriate and available, to enable them to do this
    3. collecting and recording the views of their constituents.

      … All cost of so doing will be paid directly by the Government against pre-determined rates against which there shall be no appeal.

  9. They will then return to Parliament and present the views of their constituents to the House of Commons, which will then vote on each proposal.
  10. Any proposal not obtaining 33% of the available votes will be put on one side
  11. All proposals obtaining more than 33% of the available vote will be submitted back to the expert presenters / lecturers and House of Lords for further consideration and comment and their suggestions as to how any of these could be combined into a composite workable proposal.
  12. Their further reports will be provided to all members of the Commons and Lords for consideration and recommendations, before being taken back to the constituencies by the MP’s for repeat consultation, as outlined above.
  13. The procedure set out above will be repeated until one proposal secures 75% of votes and is thereby adopted. It will then be passed to the appropriate drafts persons for preparation of a draft Bill to lay before Parliament.
  14. Members will then take this draft Bill back to their constituents in a repeat of the above process
  15. Suggested amendments will be presented to the House of Commons for consideration, debate and decision on the basis of a simple majority as set out above
  16. The drafts persons will then incorporate approved amendments, the Bill represented to Parliament for final acceptance and passing into law by simple majority vote
  17. Should the Bill fail to obtain acceptance then:those voting against will be required to provide specific reasons for their action and these reasons grouped into categories.
    1. these reasons will be considered by a Tribunal of Law Lords. Any that they consider frivolous, vexatious, or in any other way intended to hinder the proper passage into law of the legislation will be excluded.
    2. this Tribunal will comment on the long term applicability of those reasons found to hold legitimate concerns and passed to a determining committee of 50 people drawn as to 10 from the Commons, 10 from the Lords, 10 from the panels of experts, 10 from the Civil Service and 10 from the Cabinet of Ministers.
    3. all proposals that were put to one side under the above procedure will be searched by the Civil Service for possible solutions that can be incorporated in resolving such impasses. The determining committee will consider these, together with the findings of the Law Lords and by a vote of at least 75% of its members determine which proposal shall be enacted and, on behalf of Parliament, pass an appropriate Bill, drawn as above.
  18. The Civil Service in consultation with the experts previously consulted and the Lords will then prepare a programme for implementation of the new law

Should any of the above require clarification, expansion, limitation, extension or revision this will be determined by the Cabinet of Ministers appointed by the new members of the House of Commons.

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Video: Britain On The Brink - introduced by Sir Patrick Moore