Posted on 19:09, September 28th, 2009 by Lew
Purnell identifies three initial steps toward fulfilling Lincoln’s “of the people, by the people, for the people” ideal of democracy in British politics, and to a large extent these also apply in NZ.
Measures to ensure that the political process is not the sole domain of political elites.
Constitutional and electoral reform to abolish the vestiges of aristocratic privilege and making elections more proportional and representative.
Decentralising the political process and civic institutions and decoupling politics from financial elites.
There’s much more than that, and a lot of concrete suggestions around how these lofty goals might be achieved, why they ought to be. Although I don’t agree with all of it (it equates ‘democracy’ with ‘anti-elitism’ which is problematic) and think some is a bit glib (it’s an MP flattering the electorate, after all), it’s certainly worth a read.