Tuesday, 26 May 2009

Cameron - I'll wait for the full text

The teaser in the Guardian this morning by David Cameron promises something momentous, but I'm not going to go off at half-cock on this. He's delivering the full speech later today and I'll wait for that.

However, looking at Direct Democracy's manifesto, long advocated here, there are hopes rising in my breast ....

I - Decisions should be taken as closely as possible to the people they affect
II - Decision-makers should be directly elected
III - Citizens should be as free as possible from State coercion
IV - Local authorities should be self-financing
V - Policing should be brought under local democratic control
VI - The State should fund, rather than administer, education
VII - The State should fund, rather than administer, healthcare
VIII - Taxes should be simple, fair, transparent, efficient, competitive and low
IX - The supremacy of Parliament should be guaranteed over ministers, judges, officials and foreign treaty obligations
X - Candidates for public office should be selected from the widest possible base

2 comments:

Dick Puddlecote said...

Re: iii) I don't suppose that will extend to ceasing to bash smokers and drinkers.

Alfred the Ordinary said...

"VI - The State should fund, rather than administer, education
VII - The State should fund, rather than administer, healthcare
VIII - Taxes should be simple, fair, transparent, efficient, competitive and low
"

In light of VIII, maybe we should be reconsidering taxpayer funding of education and health care. That would make us sit up and think about the real role of government.