Re: defrancoizationIt is impractical to have a popular vote on every major issue......you elect your representatives
based on their views on the issues at the time of election, true, but also on their ideology as well
as the ideology of the party they are a member of....
sounds like your issue is not with the system as currently configured......but rather the current PM
and members of Parliament not listening to the "people" (who are basing opinions on necessarily
to paraphrase another PM - the system is not perfect but it's the best one we've got (or words to
in any case, you will have the pleasure of seeing Mr Blair lose the next election....will he then
think the threat to vote against him was "irrelevant"
"Stewart Fleming" <email@example.com> wrote in message
> Frank Tantillo wrote:
> > The British Parliament supported using force to remove Saddam by an overwhelming majority. Make
> > your views known in the voting
> > is how a democracy works.
> 120 members of Tony Blair's own party voted against party lines in this
> The British government dismissed as "irrelevant" a 1 million person
> march in Central London as "not representing a majority of the people". This is not democracy as
> the Greeks intended it.
> Vote for politicians A on issues B at some time. Some time later, politicians A make decisions on
> issues C and D. Unless the voting time to re-elect is very close to the decision time,
> threat to vote against those politicians is largely irrelevant.
> So your exhortation to "make your views known in the voting booth" is a
> herring. What we need is participative democracy where the leaders
> the CURRENT views of their demes.