This election has proven that we need to overhaul our rigged democracy
There we go. Another general election, and this time things have really gone wrong. Johnson and his gang of extreme right wing Tories have got the majority they need for five painful years of what they want on far less than half the vote.
Parties calling for a second referendum collected over 50% of the popular vote, yet Johnson will use his 80 seat majority to claim a massive popular mandate for his damaging hard Brexit. For the next half decade, the Tories will railroad through parliament Act-after-Act scrutiny free.
Johnson’s government will have more power than any right wing government since Thatcher’s, having picked up only 300,000 more votes than his predecessor, who had as little power as any PM for years.
What’s to blame for this? Our broken democracy. It’s not just first past the post, but a whole range of deeply rooted flaws in the way we vote and hold politicians to account. It’s something we have to be angry at, and it’s something we have to work to change. To kick this process off, yesterday the Young Greens launched a petition to the government with 6 key demands.
It’s wrong that Britain’s major elections use first past the post, which skews outcomes far from what people voted for. By prioritising the voices of a tiny number of voters in a few marginal seats, millions of voices are excluded and votes wasted. It’s no wonder that a third didn’t vote on Thursday.
We’re calling for a complete overhaul. The only path to fairness is proportional representation, and we need it at all levels. This must be the last time a party can win 56% of seats on just 44% of the vote.
But we can’t stop there in our quest to make everyone’s vote count. The government also needs to commit to proper and thorough devolution. Communities should have the power to determine their own futures. Communities should have the power to determine their own futures, including through regional assemblies and processes of local direct democracy.
To complete our addressing of the disenfranchisement this failing system has brought to millions, we’re pushing for the government to hold citizen’s assemblies. These would further bring the centers of power close to people, and go hand in hand with Swiss-style citizen’s initiatives and participatory budgeting.
We have to stop excluding people from votes that determine the future of the country they live in. We’re very clear that the right to vote in all elections should be extended to all residents of the UK. Millions of migrants are unfairly stopped from voting, and they deserve full and equal political rights.
16 and 17 year olds should have full and equal political rights too – and that extends to the rights to vote and stand. So many young people can’t make their views clear at the ballot box whilst being able to leave home, work, be taxed, and be recruited into the armed forces. This is not controversial: every major progressive party agrees the franchise should be extended to everyone over 16.
Finally, what this election has made clear is not only the power held by the media, but also the way that power is concentrated in a few reactionary hands. If we don’t have plurality in our media ownership, we will never have media that really speaks truth to power instead of acting in its owner’s interests. Our last demand would give us this plurality: we say no individual or corporation should own more than 20% of the media market.
Only with these changes can we begin to solve our democratic crisis and bridge the divide our politics has created. Join us and call on the new government to create a democracy we can all be proud of by signing our petition here.
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The Postal Votes and many other aspects of our Electoral System have been outsourced to unaccountable private companies. Idox, the subsidiary of an Oil&Gas company with strong ties to the Tory Party has rapidly expanded to monopolize this lucrative market and the toothless Electoral Commission has no jurisdiction over their activities.
It has been well documented that our Electoral System is wide open to fraud and vote Rigging on an Industrial scale. Does that mean our democracy is broken and we can have no faith in the legitimacy of the Election result? Hell Yes! We need to “Rescue our Watchdog” All Votes Must Count.
The remit of the Electoral Commission is determined by parliament: do not expect the Fox to pitch in with repairs to the Hen House! Please read, sign, share and Link to this Petition:
2019 TORY LANDSLIDE VICTORY DEMANDS URGENT NATIONWIDE INVESTIGATION
Go To: https://tinyurl.com/w4u9dwm
To find a lot more information about this important issue please visit the Discussion Forum: Elections Aftermath: Was our 2019 Vote & the EU Referendum Rigged? #TORYRIG2019 On the Craig Murray Blog Site; Go To:
The vote cen be rigged easily as there’s a major flaw in the system. After councils receive and process the postal votes with rigid checks that they are valid, the brown envelopes are opened and actual ballot slips are put into large boxes ready to be taken to the counting centre on election day. There they are counted to check that the exact number of votes registered at the council offices matches the number of votes. The ballot slips are mixed with the polling station votes. If a government was so-minded/desperate for a certain result, surely it would be very simple to get into council computers and its agents to enter council offices and swap boxes making sure that the total number of votes correspond to the number of council registrations of the postal votes sometime before election day. Postal votes make up about 20% of the vote.
If postal votes were counted separately into the number of votes for each party and the result published, this would eliminate major rigging as the outcome would be expected to tally more or less with the polling station vote. If the votes were rigged in this way it would have a major impact in marginals.
Need to get read first past post and posted votes so there can be No room for cheating worried about borros