Tuesday, July 03, 2007


On the new PM's 'constitutional' package - from the BBC:

Shadow justice secretary Nick Herbert said "citizens' juries" - where people give views on local issues - were not the answer.

"There's no point in giving people a voice if they don't really have a say over public services. There's no point in giving people a voice if the government is going to be deaf."

So what is Mr Herbert saying? That people should be consulted and involved in deliberating on policy issues, and then they should be allowed to frame legislation over the heads of those who've been voted to do so?

There was a time when the Tories only redeeming grace was that they understood representative democracy. Even that has gone now.

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