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Power pledge going strong03.03.2010 // by Ghazal Tipu
Sign-ups for the power pledge are growing steady and strong.
In just over one week, 3750 pledges have been signed, with more coming each minute.
Here is a selection of what people are saying about Britain's campaign for democratic reform:
"All of these parts will increase democracy, representation and freedom in this country"
"Not since Chartism have we had such a bold demand for reform of our constitution. This will go a long way to fix the broken relationship between the people and politics. I will only vote for those MPs who will listen to the people and implement this reform"
"Politics needs a shake up to get rid of the dead wood and make it truly accountable to the public and to act on the will of the people not what politicians tell us we need or want"
One participant in our representative deliberative gathering signed the Pledge and responded:
"As part of the 2010 deliberative poll, I can say that these pledges have been brought up through the general public and truly represent the feelings of the electorate. Candidates, ignore these pledges at your peril"
The numbers continue to rise as organisers and activists are signing up people outside busy markets, town halls, student unions, offices and high streets.
Some people agree with the ethos of a particular reform if not the specifics and are signing up to encourage discussion and debate on an issue they think is appointed:
For example, "Allow only English MPs to vote on English laws" but they are still signing up because they have a strong desire for the English questions to be addressed. They recognize that signing up is one way of fostering that change. Here are some comments:
"I agree with them all, but would prefer No 4 to be ‘Set up a devolved English Parliament with the same powers as the Scottish Parliament' "
"I agree with them all, though the English Votes on English Laws should really be about asking the people of England if they want devolved government, and if so in what form, to answer the English Question that has arisen from devolution to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland"
If you haven't yet signed the Pledge you can do so here.
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