Friday, 7 February 2020

Why 'Freedom of Speech' is so important.

The threats to our 'Freedom of Speech' are real and dangerous for democracy.

The American consitution is not perfect but it did fall to the Americans to establish, what the Europeans had not, which is "governance of the people, by the people and for the people."

As Montesquieu believed, who influenced the American constitution, every man invested with power is apt to abuse it which he also argued meant power should be checked by power.

However, people without 'Freedom of Speech' will find it difficult to gain power. Our political elite, with their liking for Absolutism and Cameralism, need a compliant public.

Over the last 15 odd years the public have been silenced on major issues of concern like immigration and Climate Change and also other issues like HS2 or even the third runway at Heathrow. When, on our membership of the EU we were given a voice the 'Establishment' would not intitally accept our democratic decision.

If the 'People' are ever to win we cannot afford to be silenced and we must find our collective voice to break the spiral of silence and restore the foundations of our inalienable rights to 'Free Speech'.

Tuesday, 28 January 2020

What can a small group of thoughtful committed citizens do?

" Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed it's the only thing that ever has."

Anthropologist Margaret Mead quoted in the New York Times.

The above quote struck a cord with regards to the promotion of the THA's six demands.

However, while very true a "small group of thoughtful and committed citizens" will still need the support of the 'People' to help apply the maximum pressure possible on our politicians so that they have nowhere to hide and have to take heed of what we require them to do.

The beauty of THA is once in place the 'People' will have the permanent means and mechanisms to direct the government of the day and hold it to account.  

Thursday, 23 January 2020

Why we need real 'People Power'.

Until we get real 'People Power', based on restoring our inherent right to the recognition of our sovereignty, no future political reforms will alter a thing apart from a rearranging of the deck chairs on the Titanic as our system of governance continues to deteriorate.
The trouble is that the gap between the views of our politicians and the 'People', they are elected to serve, continues to widen and will continue to do so unless the 'People' wake up and demand change.
While THA's six demands are revolutionary there is a nothing that a united 'People' can not achieve if they put their minds to it. To some extent the 2016 referendum and last years election showed what the 'People' can achieve. However with regards the election, and despite the size of the Conservative majority, I'm not holding out much hope that we will see many of the policy reforms I'm convinced the 'Silent Majority' believe are necessary and would readily support. If only this government would really listen to the 'People' and be radical I for one would be a very happy bunny!
We really should be under no illusion that our politicians still rule the roost and still act as our masters and not our servants.
So if we want to see real reform of our governance we, the 'People', are going to have to unite and demand the changes we want, as set out in THA's six demands, at the heart of which sees our inherent sovereignty returned to us and recognised in law.

Tuesday, 7 January 2020

The common sense of the mass of the 'People'.

It was Thomas Jefferson who said :-

"Educate and inform the whole mass of the people ..........they are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty"

An informed public is the very antipathy of epistocracy.

The trouble is on so many things those that govern us take us for fools and assume we are uneducated and only they have the answers.

It is time the 'People' demanded real power so that what they want happens leaving our politicians in no doubt they are our servants and not our masters.

Tuesday, 17 December 2019

A sobering thought at the time of a new parliament.

At this time of a new parliament, with a number of new MPs, it is worth considering these words of George Bernard Shaw.

"He knows nothing and thinks he knows everything. That points clearly to a political career"

One of the main reasons we are so poorly served by our politicians is that they don't find the time, more importantly sadly even have the inclination to seek help from outside the Westminster bubble so that they can seriously get to grips with the real detail surrounding policy issues. 

The only way to increase the quality of the output from our politicians is to have our six demands in    place which gives the 'People' real power and the mechanisms to both direct and curtail government legislation between elections should a majority so desire.    

Friday, 13 December 2019

The election results.

The BIG question, as I thought on seeing the exit poll, is what will Boris now do with his POWER. What I notice is that when given POWER the 'People' know what they want as indicated by the 2016 Referendum, more recently the jury's verdict on Chief Superintendent David Duckenfield and now this General Election. Normal people, not those displayed on TV vox pops, know what they want and have more sense than many of our politicians and legacy media (especially the BBC) give them credit for. To improve the governance of this country the 'People' need real POWER all the time which is why we so desperately need our six demands. If the 'People' want permanent POWER then we are all going to have to DEMAND it.

Tuesday, 10 December 2019

Election leaflets.

I live in the constituency of Somerset and Frome with my partner, which was formed in 1983, and has been Conservative apart from between 1997-2015 when the Lib Dems won due to the votes that went from the Conservatives to the Referendum Party and later UKIP.   

 The rhetoric and propaganda in election leaflets is getting worse and we have had two each from the Conservatives and Lib Dem candidates and one from the Greens. As yet I haven't seen one from Labour unless I binned it without looking at it! We also each received a personally addressed letter from Boris offering to 'unleash Britain's potential' whatever that means?!

A summary of the actual leaflets tells us that the Conservatives are 'Delivering for Somerset'. The Lib Dems want to 'Stop Brexit.Build a Brighter Future' (not certain what wattage they propose using!) while the Greens say 'Yes to Europe. No to Climate chaos' which for sheer 'tosh' takes some beating as for starters we are being asked to say 'Yes' to Europe and not the EU?

What strikes me is that the parties are largely talking to themselves and not to the public at large. During the campaign they also want to close down the debate to their own pet topics and ignore the really difficult issues facing this country which need to be discussed, debated and of course resolved.

The simple truth is that once elected all governments ignore the 'People' they are meant to serve which is why one of the main planks of our agenda is to give the 'People' real power between elections to control and direct those that seek to govern us.

The aim of all of our six demands is the reform of our governance to give us real democracy being one that gives power to the 'People' along with the mechanisms that will prevent our politicians ignoring us.