(hat-tip Devil’s Kitchen)
Following on from their good work with Direct Democracy these two Conservatives have written a manifesto for one parliamentary session, outlining exactly the acts that could be introduced to transform democracy and accountability in the UK.
Steps include leaving the EU for a purely trading agreement, personal health accounts, a version of school vouchers, welfare to be run locally, Swiss-style popular referenda and locally elected Sheriffs to set policing priorities.
I am a regular reader of Hannan’s blog, and may have to start reading Carswell’s more often. I agree with a lot of what they say (though we differ in that I would apply their localist policies in England, not Britain/UK).
There is no doubt in my mind that our political system is stale and unresponsive, easily swayed by vested interests, and when I look at elections I feel I have little choice. If the Conservatives adapted these policies I would join them straight away, let alone vote for them. But as it is they are simply the best of a bad bunch of two who might win.
I haven’t read the book yet, but the principles seem sound, lowering the level power is exercised at at every oppurtunity, and ultimately towards the individual. It allows a more pick and choose approach to politics, rather than having to choose an entire manifesto for one central party. I might agree with UKIP on Europe, the Lib Dems on electoral reform and the Tories on education. More localism would allow me to vote, or take my money to, the system I want for education, health etc without requiring a whole package that suits me. I could instigate a referendum on an English parliament, or against ID cards. All in all it sounds a good idea.
I hope right now someone is sending David Cameron a copy of this book.