Charter 2019

Make democracy more democratic

Soundcloud clips

Democracy is at risk from … the malicious and relentless targeting of citizens with disinformation and adverts from unidentifiable sources.

BBC Radio 4 Today

How to change the course of history – you have to hack the political system, hack it, I’m talking about altering the matrix of politics.

Brexit: The Uncivil War

The trouble with regulation is that it’s often too slow. The trouble with technology is that it’s often too fast. In Britain as across much of the world, the gap between technology and regulation is growing. Where that leaves our democracy is far from clear.

… the way in which we are now held to ransom by a very small number of political activists in both parties is dreadful, and the case for the reform of political parties is absolutely a good one.

BBC Radio 4, The Moral Maze – The Morality of Politics

… the big businessmen of the day, and they were all men, they needed to retain a system, that it didn’t matter who won in the election, their interests were going to be protected, their interests are going to be looked after by the politicians.

Tales from the Lobby, BBC Radio 4

“Everyone seemed to know this guy, he had close ties to presidents, foreign leaders.”

“He was clearly a leader to this movement.”

“The more you can make your organisation invisible, the more influence it will have.”

“I wish I could say more about it but it’s working precisely because it is private.”

From the Netflix documentary The Family”

“An enigmatic conservative Christian group known as The Family wields enormous influence in Washington D.C., in pursuit of its global ambitions.”

… there’s been the complete corporate capture of politics, and really that’s the problem with representational politics these days, it’s not representing the people first … … by the same token, Jeremy Corbyn and Labour, they’re in hock to the unions just in the same way that the Tory party are in hock to the hedge funds, it’s a ridiculous system.

Jamie Kelsey Fry, Coordinator for Extinction Rebellion

Politics should belong to people, not big business, or big unions, and we need to sort this out.

David Cameron, Prime Minister 2010-2016

… we haven’t quite got right, this sense of local people feeling able to have a say in the decisions that affect them, and civil society works best when people feel they have a stake and a say in the issues that really affect their lives, and we haven’t quite got that right at the moment.

Bishop Graham Tomlin

We’ll have to do something about our governance … we’ve had great advances in science and technology, but [parts of our] governance are back in the middle ages

BBC Radio 4, Pick Of The Week

Our political system remains the same for the past 200 years, and expects us to be contented with being simply passive recipients of a monologue.

Pia Mancini

On Citizens Assemblies:

There seems to be a political disconnect all over the western world with the traditional political parties and this [Citizens Assemblies] is a new layer of democracy – oh you can’t have too much democracy – so this is a new layer – and democracy should be an expression of the will of the people, right, so we think here, we’re an expression of the will of the people.

Those who make peaceful revolution impossible
will make violent revolution inevitable.

John F. Kennedy

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