What percentage of the constituency is regarded as sufficient to democratically select a candidate?
There is no lower limit on the number of meeting attendees to select a candidate, and a new vote on replacing our selected candidates can be called at anytime.
If you manage to get one or two candidates elected, what impact will they have on government?
These independents will be free from the constraints of political parties and their corrupted financial ties and punishment structures to say what they want according to the expressed wishes of their constituents. They will be advertising a revolutionary level of transparency and scrutiny upon what MPs vote into law with the practice of the NCA pledge. The pledge requires these locally endorsed MPs to hold multiple public meetings in their constituencies to run through line by line every law they intend of voting through prior to doing so. However our ultimate goal is to replace the controlling majority of parliament with our community/locally endorsed independent MPs.
Can you point to any democracy globally which does not use political parties as part of its system of governance?
There are many countries that have independents alliances of various kinds forming part of their governments. These include the Republic of Ireland, Belarus, Libya, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Micronesia, Madagascar, Marshall Islands, Ascension, Nauru, Falkland Islands and the Cook Islands. The majority of the Belarus government (2019) are independents, accounting for 60% of their Parliament in a first past the post electoral system. The Jordanian government are overwhelmingly independents by 118 of 130 elected seats (2020) and the entire elected Libyan government are independents.
The Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi was elected as an independent in 2018.
Even Wales in the recent past before the political party 'Plaid Cymru' formed have had elected MP's who are part of an independents alliance. Elected Independents are normal in the Jersey Parliament. Many UK councils like the Isle of Wight, Frome and South Kesteven have recently been controlled by a majority alliance of local independents. The former London Mayor Ken Livingstone was elected as an independent.
There are even some Countries who have even banned the use of political parties in law. These include Kuwait and Oman.
If a majority of members of parliament are independent, including of each other, by what process will a government be formed and a prime minister chosen?
Our selected candidates will vote between themselves on who would be most suitable for the relevant roles after they are elected. In our current party system a potential prime minister is elected party leader with the assistance of large donations and cosying up to big business interests in party leadership contests. Important ministerial cabinet positions are groomed in much the same way and traded in advance in support for party leadership elections.
Most MPs are regularly swapped over to top cabinet positions of highly specialized departments of government with no expertise (or interest) in the relevent field. Many top government positions have been traded to MPs who were groomed for them while still at elitist private schools. Who are mixing together with the global business leaders of the future in influential positions of high society.
Doing things our way provides a far higher likelihood that MPs who are entrusted to top government departments of public service have work experience in the relevant fields of office they will be leading. And will be much better able to relate to the public in those roles they are serving.
The process of who becomes our prime minister will be less high profile in our new system and won't be based upon the pre-election week TV circus of how well a hopeful prime minister can lie to the general public over manifesto promises against an opponent.
In our system if constituents and our endorsed MPs have a problem with the office holder of prime minister they can easily remove and replace him, and are able to block any negative activities from being bullied and whipped into set-in-stone laws as what does currently takes place.
Do you agree that under First Past The Post voting the very likely outcome for an independent candidate is a lost deposit?
We are creating a long-term project building up the reputation of our community endorsement. This is completely out of the norm in terms of past elections involving independents.
Do you support a change to proportional representation to give independents a better chance of winning?
No Corruption Alliance does not impose policy stances onto local constituencies. The founder expresses his opinions on potential dangers of proportional representation reducing or even in some widely used PR forms eliminating the opportunities for independents to win elections.
Depending on the form of PR compared to FPTP it would outright eliminate independents as a democratic option, create a stupendously larger area for independents to campaign in without the support of party funding, would penalise independents from being able to pick up multiple seats as one vote for a party would provide and in other iterations would be very likely to bring in electronic counting machines which would jeopardize the vital transparency required for free and fair elections.
All elections are rigged so why do you bother?
That is categorically untrue at the time of writing, some election systems are in a cleaner shape than others. Our General Election process is currently in pretty good shape and we should do our utmost to uphold it. One of our flexibilities as we grow in strength will be our ability to fight that our fair elections are not taken away from us and that we will also fight for our more problematic elections to be exposed to sunlight and rectified. There are deeper problems in other elections and we have fallen asleep at the wheel. We must also set about returning them to a good and fairer state. This will not happen by ignoring the problem.
How will independent candidates be financially supported given that the average cost of winning a parliamentary seat is about £11,000?
We aim to make up the difference that the financial impact currently plays by building a strong local reputation based on our new community led participation/system (of people-led politics).
Putting that aside, we believe this locally based democracy would attract a greater number of constituents willing to volunteer their help.
One a wider geographical scale the reputation of our alliance may also attract goodwillers outside of our constituencies who do not normally financially give to politics to donate small amounts in unprecedented numbers to individual candidates.
The £500 ballot entry deposit could be voluntarily funded by virtue of a whip round at our constituency meetings. Thirty three constituents donations at £15 each would cover the deposit short of £5. There is no rush or pressure to select or fund a candidate, first we are meeting as neighbours.
What happens if candidates selected by this process strongly disagree on certain policies - who will mediate?
We will expect our selected candidates to disagree with other constituencies candidates as adults with respect. As we do in the founding ethos in our constituency meetings. If they do not we can select another candidate.
Not every potential law proposed will pass through the house into active law in this new system and that is a good thing. New laws created should be well considered and consented upon. With the opportunity for healthy democratic scrutiny by constituents, as laid out in our endorsed MPs pledges. (We aim to create a better, locally consented democracy, and this process would fulfil our aims.)
Do I need to run as a councillor to run as an MP?
No you do not have to have ran as a councillor to run as an MP.
Do you seriously think that ordinary people can replace Parliament and the two party status quo?
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