A “one-hit-wonder party” to solve First Past The Post

  1. Create a new party. 
  2. It exists only to improve the rules of the game
  3. Draft laws in readiness, with public consultation
  4. Get elected
  5. Hold office for a maximum of 1 year to pass laws and over-seeing primary implementation. 
  6. Disband, existing dormant until required again. Or drop it entirely.
  7. To take care of day-to-day business, have everything run by the civil service, supported by a cross-party government made of cabinets from major parties.

What sort of policies? 

Ideally a small but necessary set. The goal is to reset the rules, not set the direction. Equal approval (or resentment) from all sides is the goal. 

  • A set of things which revolve around:
    • Truth & honesty
    • Corruption – including legalised corruption
    • Transparency 
    • Agility & speed
    • Physical reality having primacy over ideology or economics
    • Public engagement in decision making
  • Voter registration by default – if we can work out how to tax you, we can work out how to give you a vote. 
  • Upgrade referendum law
    • Bring in line with general election law
    • Making it illegal to knowingly lie 
  • Make the electoral commission faster, with more teeth, so they can act before votes are cast.
  • Ensure that representatives are accountable for environmental targets (or similar –  the key thing is that international agreements need to be upheld)
  • Something around meta – direction setting: why are we here? What is the economy for? As we move into the next industrial revolution, what have we learnt from the last ones? What wasn’t delivered which was promised? What was delivered which was denied? 

Ed Dowding

Ed Dowding

Founder, strategist, writer, gadfly, TED talker, world-record holder, and (foolishly) reality-TV farmer. DOES: Innovation, Product, Advocacy THINKS: Regenerative Systems, Institution design, 300 year horizons