- "Our Fight for Democracy"
- Index of book
- Preface of "Our Fight for Democracy"
- Book - Order Form
- Introduction - The Meaning of Democracy
- Roman Britain to Magna Carta - 1215
- Parliament to the Divine Right of Kings 1216 to 1603
- Monarchy to a Republic and back 1603-1685
- Bill of Rights to the American War of Independence - 1685 to 1780
- Pitt the Younger to Catholic Emancipation - 1780 to 1830
- The Great Reform Act and its aftermath - 1830 to 1860
- The Second Reform Act to the end of the Century 1860 to 1900
- The Twentieth Century - Votes for women at last - 1900 to 1928
Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Right of Recall
One of the weaknesses of our electoral system is that once a representative has been elected they cannot be dismissed until the next election. This diminishes accountability. Voters should have a right to recall, effectively dismiss an elected representative if they were dissatisfied with the representative’s performance or record. This would enable voters to have some say over how representatives carry out their duties between elections. The electorate is quite capable of distinguishing between a representative and a delegate and would use this right sparingly, nevertheless it would make an MP think twice before voting against the electorate's wishes.
The procedure would be that a specified percentage of voters would have to sign a legal petition calling for a referendum on the simple question “should ……… be recalled – yes/no”. A majority vote would prevail.
Voters should have the right to recall and/or effectively dismiss their elected representative.