A number of organisations and campaigners have come together to form the Remaking Democracy Alliance that will, as the name suggests, work for a remaking of the institutions of the state and the redistribution of power of at national and local level to create a new democratic governing framework that reflects the sovereignty of the people. RMA founding members include Assemblies for Democracy, Unlock Democracy, the Sortition Foundation, Involve, Compass, Make Votes Matter, Republic, Left Unity, Graham Allen, former chair of the Commons select committee on the constitution, Graham Smith from the Centre for the Study of Democracy and Independent Constitutionalists. At present, the RMA is working on a funding bid for a series of events around the UK in 2019 that will, as one of the aims, build grassroots support for a citizens’ convention on the constitution.
Guest blog from Robin McAlpine, Director of Scottish think tank Common Weal
I don’t live in the North of England. In fact, sometimes I have to remind myself that it is a place and not just an event.
Because every time the BBC produces a documentary about Britain over the last 40 years, it seems to me that ‘the North’ is treated as something bad that happened in 1985. The pattern is consistent – pictures of places in the South of England looking a bit run down (that’s the 1970s), pictures of people in the South of England suddenly buying new things in the shops (that’s the start of the 1980s), picture of city traders in the South of England waving wads of money at the camera (that’s Thatchers economic ‘miracle’), pictures of miners and other poor people in the North of England suffering horrendously (that’s the unfortunate side effects of Thatcher’s miracle, or 1985 as people in the South seem to see it), pictures of young people in the South of England taking ecstasy and dancing in fields (thank heavens ‘the North’ stopped happening in time for rave culture). Continue reading