Sunday, 26 March 2017

National Liberal Party 2015 General Election Manifesto – Section 2 – Constitution & Political Reform

WITH THE General Election in full swing, the National Liberal Party continues to promote its ideals of National and Political Self-Determination.

This is the second in a mini-series of ‘bite size’ articles looking at our Manifesto. It looks at Political Self-Determination. Here real political power will be taken away from vested interests – such as massive corporations, the media and the financial elite – and handed back to the people.

Given that a nation is a ‘family of families’ it follows that those who make up the family – the people themselves – have a real say in the running of the nation.

As always, the NLP wishes to encourage debate and feedback – good, bad or indifferent. To let us know what you think of our ideas relating to Political Self-Determination, simply go to our Facebook page here https://www.facebook.com/groups/52739504313/ and look out for this article – simply post your views in the comments section.

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CONSTITUTION & POLITICAL REFORM

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Political Self-Determination will take power away from massive corporations, the media and the financial elite and handed back to the people.

NOTA (“none of the above”)

• We will implement a NOTA option on election ballots.

NOTA (“none of the above”) is the idea that a voter can cast their vote to reject all candidates, potentially triggering a by-election at a later date if NOTA votes beat the leading “live” candidate. This will organically send a message to candidates that they need to respond to voter interests rather than party interests (or worse, lobbyist interests). It will result, over time, in a higher-quality selection of candidates. Having candidates who have a vested interest in responding to voter interests can only be good for representative democracy!

Government by Referendum

• Major national decisions will be decided by public debate and referendum.

We plan to make consultations with the public about major decisions a routine part of the governmental process. Popular and ongoing participation is essential to a healthy democracy.

Proportional Representation

• We are committed to establishing Proportional Representation.

The current “First Past The Post” system of voting is totally undemocratic. It is possible for a party to get elected with a minority of the overall votes cast! This disenfranchises the majority of voters.

Proportional Representation (PR) is more democratic in that it actually reflects real voting patterns. Voters are able to elect representatives in proportion to their number. Under PR, all votes count, thus giving voters greater motivation to become involved in the decision making process.

Voter Recall

• We are committed to establishing a means by which the people of a constituency can initiate the recall of their representatives in Parliament (“Voter Recall”).

We want a “strong” voter recall that is initiated and confirmed exclusively by the public. The voters should be able to remove their MP for any reason, or for no reason. It should not be possible for MPs, who merely represent the voters, to veto a valid voter recall petition.

Devolution

• We will work to create a federal United Kingdom withconstituent parliaments for each nation (including England). We will support decentralisation to the most local practical level.

We are decentralists and believe in equality, popular sovereignty and national self-determination. We are very much in support of the individual against the might of the state. Thus we oppose centralism – which can be dogmatic, undemocratic and totalitarian in nature.

Rights and Constitution

• The National Liberal Party will institute a formal constitution and bill of rights.

There will be a civil rights watchdog to protect the people’s ability to make use of those rights.

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To obtain your FREE copy of the NLP Manifesto, simply click here: http://nationalliberal.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/GEManifesto.pdf

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