- I would tear up the referendum result. The time has come for the end of the media and irresponsible politicians whipping democracies up into an emotive frenzy to cast a vote many of them profoundly regret just hours later. There is no longer any place for the likes of Gove or Johnson in our national politics.
- I would go to Brussels and walk into meetings with the other 27 countries. Sit down, Merkel. We're still paid members of the EU with every right to be in these meetings, and only we have power to invoke Article 50 - no European nation can invoke it on our behalf. If Britain voted for something, it's to no longer feel pushed around by the likes of her, and I'd make sure that's seen in our talks with European nation states after this.
- Immediate electoral reforms - towards some form of proportional representation. This result happened because so many people in our country believed their votes don't usually count, and they wanted to be heard the one time they had an opportunity to cast a vote that would be heard. First past the post is long past its expiry date in this country and it needs to be ended immediately. This vote probably would never have happened in the first place if we'd gotten rid of it when we had the chance.
- No more national referenda on complex issues. We elect representatives to make complex decisions for us. The only problem with this is when people feel like their vote doesn't really count for shit when they cast it, which would be repaired by electoral reform.
- Less time in Westminster, more time with constituents. Constituents feel their voices aren't being heard and MPs do their best to listen to constituents and take their voice to Parliament. I would release cross-party guidelines on the amount of time MPs spend in constituencies and with constituents.
- Weaken the party whips. MPs should represent their constituents first and their parties second. I would also abandon cabinet collective responsibility and allow cabinet (and shadow cabinet) MPs to speak in the House of Commons in backbench debates on behalf of their constituents.
Friday, 1 July 2016
Elect me as Prime Minister
What would I do if elected as Prime Minister?