Restore Parliamentary Standards - Fight Corruption

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Restore Parliamentary Standards - Fight Corruption
Joshua Silver

Should we run an Informal Recall Petition for Mr Johnson ?

Given everything which has now come out in the media about last year's parties in No10,  held in clear breach of pandemic rules, it seems to me that we should run our first "test" Informal Recall Petition for Boris Johnson. He has a relatively small majority of 7210 , and is the prominent "face" of the current government with a very long history of dishonesty. I have now created a small crowdfunder because there will be some administrative and other costs associated with our petitions as they evolve. There is a TV journalist now asking about our possible Johnson Petition, and it could be helpful to give it some publicity, but the challenge is to do everything professionally and well , and it would be particularly helpful if any of Johnson's constituents might like to help with organisation - if so, please do just email me at [email protected] - if you are one of Johnson's constituents and would like to see him removed from office. If we use Royal Mail to send out our Informal Recall Petitions there will be postal costs which we will have to raise. We must also consider how we can verify the results of the Petition properly, so that we can treat responses as real information,  rather than mere "politics" . 

A group of Tory MPs recently secured a vote in the House of Commons to effectively demolish UK Parliamentary Standards, after the Standards Committee had found that a Tory MP had gravely breached those Standards. This was a very clear demonstration of corruption, right at the heart of the UK Government. 

The fact that any UK government could act in this corrupt way demonstrates that political change is now urgently needed. 

Analysis suggests that the most appropriate next step could be to remove all Tory MPs from Office by starting a Recall Petition in every Parliamentary Constituency which is held by a Tory. Formal Recall Petitions require the MP to have satisfied certain conditions, but an Informal Recall Petition may clearly be organised by the constituents in any Consituency. Such an informal Recall Petition would be rather like the 2016 UK EU Referendum, ie essentially a non-binding opinion poll - which could nonetheless lead to significant consequences - as happened with the non-binding EU Referendum 

The suggestion is that over time we set up and organise a new political party , the Recall Party , whose first political aim will be to measure with reasonable accuracy how much support there is right now in the UK for the removal of all Tory MPs from Office, given the level of government corruption in the current government - which has now been exposed. Subsequent aims will be to change the electoral system from "first past the post" to proportional representation , and also to change the Parliamentary system so that would-be MPs  and elected MPs will be required by law to be honest in their pre-election statements, as well as in their statements to Parliament after election. This last step should ensure that  demonstrably false and absurd promises - such as those made by anti-EU  MPs to secure the vote in 2016 for the UK to leave the EU - simply cannot be used in the future.

If there is sufficient support for this radical new development in UK politics, the next steps will be to create a national campign and raise sufficient resources to organise Informal Recall Petitions in the 360 Constituencies held by Tory MPs.  The results of these Informal Recall Petitions will be made available to the public and all media organisations,  so as to inform ongoing  political debate on how to deal with a corrupt UK government.




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