In May last year Richard North, EU Referendum, posted about 'Referism', in which he wrote:
"This is achieved by the annual referendum – a mandatory, unchanging part of the constitution. It requires the administration to go to the people each year to ask them for money, and it empowers people to say "no". That is real power. Anything else is play-acting."That is what should happen, the state presenting the people with an 'estimate/quotation' which can be accepted, rejected, or certain parts queried with a request that they be looked at again. That this should also happen with local authority demands for funding cannot be denied. As an aside, it is heartening to see an MP and the media 'picking-up' on an idea initially floated in the blogosphere - but again, I digress.
We learn today from this article in the Daily Telegraph that UK public debt has passed the £1 trillion mark for the first time, as the Government borrowed nearly £14bn last month despite its continued austerity drive. Was permission sought of those who will have to service that £14bn loan? No. Was it explained why that £14bn loan was necessary and for what it would be used? No.
Referism is part of the idea for a system of direct democracy being discussed at talkconstitution.net and in approximately 1/14 days time articles will appear on that site with a proposal for a constitution, limitation of government and how government should operate at every level, namely from national through counties down to parish level. One thing for sure - the politicians won't like it which means that it probably is a good idea!