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The PoWEr 2010 Campaign:
Democracy Facebook style?

The respected left-leaning Rowntree Trust has launched the PoWEr 2010 internet campaign to “fix our broken politics”. They started by calling for ideas and had 4,500 submissions, including ideas for some much needed reforms.

They asked for votes on them and got more than 100,000 votes which whittled the ideas down to five top points, and now they are asking candidates who agree with “a majority of the ideas” to pledge their support.

At No.1, a proportional voting system which could open up Westminster to tiny but dangerous parties such as the BNP as well as favour the Lib Dems who are disadvantaged by the present system (could there have been some organised block voting here?), and at No.4 a strangely popular anti-Scottish move to “allow only English MPs to vote on English laws“. The other points are to scrap ID cards, replace the Lords with an elected chamber and draw up a written constitution.

The support and ideas it has gathered shows the power of internet people-power, but may also point to its drawbacks.

Posted 21:52 Wednesday, Jan 27, 2010 In: Campaigns

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