When addressing matters of supreme importance and concern timing is everything. So it is that with the crisis in politics in this country being given centre stage, and in the wake of the spectacle of nearly 9 in 10 voters rejecting the scraps from the establishment’s table that invited them to choose Police and Crime Commissioners from a roster of party hacks and sharp elbowed former coppers, the next stage in the construction of the Harrogate Agenda takes place in Leamington Spa at the Woodland Grange, from where I hope to provide a live blog here and updates on Twitter here. The timing could not be better in focussing minds on the job in hand.
As Richard explains on his blog, what we are trying to do is re-make the link between power and responsibility. Those who have to suffer the consequences of them, should be those who make the final decisions. ‘They’ are always the people. That is real democracy, not the sham of being handed a vote that grants us Hobson’s choice by providing candidates who all think the same way and who, once elected, do as they please and are unaccountable until we are given the choice to replace them with a political clone who will continue with the establishment’s agenda.
After a successful planning meeting in Harrogate (that I was unable to attend through illness), the next in the series of development meetings on the Harrogate Agenda takes place today in Leamington. At this meeting the attendees will finalise the six demands that form a positive alternative vision for real change and true democracy. Thereafter the formal structures will be put in place along with the plans to promote and progress them, leading up to a mass public meeting next year.