The most recent item from Harrogate presented by Richard North is the issue of Direct Democracy, and here I diverge from the recommendations to come out of Harrogate. The matter was comprehensively explored by Helena Kennedy's 'Power' enquiry; there is clear public support for mechanisms such as referenda, citizens' initiative referenda and participatory budgeting, but the findings of the Power panels recognised that elected representatives often had access to expert information, resources, and a broader view - and on all but the biggest issues, the final decision should be left to elected representatives. Frankly, to put every parliamentary Bill up for a popular referendum would both devalue the participatory process and make a nonsense of representative democracy.
Rather, to have a mechanism such as a million-signature petition that would trigger a referendum on an Act on which the public felt parliament had made the wrong decision would both preserve citizens' sovereignty and empower participatory democracy.
I think if we achieve a true measure of Localism, leaving parliament with defence, the civil and criminal justice framework, and matters of international treaties and relations - matters that simply cannot be devolved downwards - then the increase in participation in most other matters will come at local level anyway, there being little need to obtain national approval for most measures.