Sunday, 20 November 2011

The Guardian publishes my letter on e-petitions and Parliament

The Guardian have published my letter:

A solution to Natascha Engel's concern about public disillusionment with the e-petition system would be for all votes in the Commons arising from an e-petition to be un-whipped. To allow MPs a free vote based on their conscience would enhance public respect for MPs and the broader political system and would make it far harder for governments to ignore the will of parliament on matters of concern to voters. The fact that, from time to time, unpalatable issues such as the death penalty would arise is a necessary function of the operation of democracy, and should be welcomed for the much needed greater responsibility and status it would accord our elected representatives.

John Slinger
Editor, Pragmatic Radicalism: Ideas from Labour's New Generation

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