I want to share with others one approach to re-imagining democracy which may or may not work. It is small scale, experimental and with no certainty of success but even its shortcomings and failures will, I hope, afford some useful learning lessons for all of us.
It attempts to tackle two issues relating to representative democracy. The first is the absence of any clear, independent record of what candidates actually say and commit to. Cast your mind back to the last election and try Googling an issue of concern – can you find anything? There may be scattered references in local newspapers or on defunct blogs but the most important content has likely been deleted or removed, probably soon after the 2010 election ended. What your MP said then might be a source of some embarrassment now – or worse! But it is too late, the information has been deleted. Continue reading