- "Our Fight for Democracy"
- Index of book
- Preface of "Our Fight for Democracy"
- Book - Order Form
- Introduction - The Meaning of Democracy
- Roman Britain to Magna Carta - 1215
- Parliament to the Divine Right of Kings 1216 to 1603
- Monarchy to a Republic and back 1603-1685
- Bill of Rights to the American War of Independence - 1685 to 1780
- Pitt the Younger to Catholic Emancipation - 1780 to 1830
- The Great Reform Act and its aftermath - 1830 to 1860
- The Second Reform Act to the end of the Century 1860 to 1900
- The Twentieth Century - Votes for women at last - 1900 to 1928
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
For political parties to play their role in the chain of command they need to be membership organisations that are under the control of and answerable to their members. In this respect political parties in Britain (and elsewhere) are in decline. This comes from the drift into mega-expensive politics and the then unavoidable transgression of moneyed power into the domain of democratic politics. This is fuelled by donations to parties and campaigns from moneyed persons, businesses and organisations. That should simply be put a stop to. It would improve democracy if political budgets were cut and members given power in parties. S. Ringen "The Liberal Vision."
Both the Labour Party and the Conservative Party should reform themselves to become democratic bodies answerable to their membership so that the members can change the Constitution of their Party on the basis of One Member One Vote.