Up to Us – renewing our democracy

It’s up to us to reset democracy. If we don’t do it now it will be too late.

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The problems are there for all to see: in the chaos over Brexit, in our inability to respond to the climate crisis and in an economic system that keeps failing.These are all symptoms of the same disorder: the way we make decisions isn’t working. Our democratic system is in urgent need of renewal. Right now:

  1. Power is too far away from people.
    We need the power to make changes in our lives and our communities. But too often we don’t know who can help or who is responsible.
  2. Parliament and elections are stuck in the past.
    The structures and systems are in urgent need of an upgrade. And under the current system too many voters are simply ignored.
  3. No one knows what the rules of our democracy are.
    They should be set down properly, so that everyone can understand and follow them.

At times of social and political change, we need our democracy to keep pace.

Today, we are all connected to one another, but our democratic system lags far behind the technology and its promise of participation.

To solve the challenges we face, we need to transform democracy to make it fit for the 21st Century and to create a political culture that invites people in, rather than puts them off.

Parliament and politicians cannot get this done alone. We have to work together, showing how we can make decisions across divides and find solutions that work for everyone.

To do this, we need a special assembly of the people. 

Learning from examples around the world, we need to bring together a group of citizens, the same way we select juries, and give them the best advice and the space to think through the challenges. Parliament must act on their recommendations.

In the UK, this work has already begun: we have a plan for how to do this and a growing alliance of supporters.

Join them in this once-in-a-generation opportunity to create a democratic settlement that works for us all.

Unless thousands of us sign up and put pressure on the politicians, this won’t happen.

It’s up to us. 

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