Thursday, 23 June 2011

Carl Sargeant, and politicians like him are ...

... the reason democracy needs a system of recall, the ballot box is to far away in terms of time.

Our home grown democratic dictatorship demonstrates why we need to insist that politicians such as Plaid Cymru's, that was difficult to write, Leanne Wood, even more difficult to write, are given the tools to demand public opinion when government is judged to have gone beyond the political pale.

Is it time to present the petition ....

We call upon the National Assembly for Wales to urge the Welsh Government to petition the UK government to modify the Government of Wales Act 2006 to include the following Legislative Recall and Referendum option.

Where a Bill has been passed by the Welsh Assembly, one-third of the members of the Welsh Assembly may, within five weekdays from the final passing of the Bill, request of the Plenary Chair that the Bill be submitted to a referendum. Such request shall be made in writing and signed by the members making the request.

At the referendum votes shall be cast for or against the Bill. For the Bill to be rejected, a majority of the electors who vote, and not less than thirty per cent of all persons who are entitled to vote, shall have voted against the Bill.

Finance Bills, Salaries and Pensions Bills, Taxation (Direct and Indirect) Bills, UK and European Union government Bills, as well as Bills for the purpose of discharging existing treaty obligations shall not be submitted to decision by referendum.

Would the likes of Peter Black, Leanne Wood or a Conservative radical be able to use such a tool to democratise our democracy I wonder.

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