The Chartists Revisited

“When the State calls for defenders, when it calls for money, no consideration of poverty or ignorance can be pleaded, in refusal or delay of the call. Required, as we then are universally, to support and obey the State laws, both nature and reason must entitle US to demand that, in the making of those laws, the universal voice shall be implicitly listened to. If we perform the duties of freemen/women, we MUST have the privileges of freemen/women”

Cited here as an extract from the original Chartists’ petition of 1836

Whilst here, at LIVINGSTONES UK, we are busy drawing together INDEPENDENT candidates, for every constituency seat in the UK, we confirm that we are also happy to endorse and support the work of The Harrogate Agenda, in continuing the cause of our 19th C predecessors, to once more reform the now crippled democratic system in the UK.

It is clear to most mature UK citizens that there is public anger at the brazen betrayal, over the course of the past 40-odd years, of our nation’s sovereignty, democracy, judiciary and military status – to an unelected body of intruders. Understandable too is the desire of many thousands to ‘storm the ramparts of Westmonster’ and ‘sort things out’.

We should, however, also have a clear Plan B in mind; exactly what is our next step, after the ‘pitchforks and scythes’ brigade have done their worst? The following SIX DEMANDS are here presented, to show what is needed, if the nation’s wounds are then to be healed.

  1. Recognition of our sovereignty: the peoples of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland comprise the ultimate authority of their respective nations, where they themselves are still the source of all political power. That fact shall be recognized by both the Crown and the Governments of our nations, as by our Parliaments and Assemblies.
  2. Real local democracy; the foundation of our democracy shall be the counties (or such other local units as may be defined) which shall become constitutional bodies, exercising, under the control of their local peoples, all those powers of legislation, taxation and administration, which may not otherwise have been specifically granted, by the people, to national government.
  3. Separation of powers; the executive (the Government) shall be separated from the legislature (the Parliament). To that effect, prime ministers shall be elected by popular vote; they will then appoint their own ministers, (albeit with the approval of parliament), to assist in the exercise of such powers as may be granted to them by the sovereign people of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. No prime minister, nor their ministers, shall also be members of parliament or of any legislative assembly.
  4. The people’s consent; no law, treaty or government decision shall take effect without the declared consent of the majority of the people, (by positive vote, if so demanded), nor shall any such decision continue to have effect where that consent may have been withdrawn by the majority of the people.
  5. No taxation or spending without consent; no tax, charge or levy shall be imposed, nor any public spending authorized, nor shall any sum be borrowed by any national or local government body, except with the express approval of the majority of the people, to be renewed annually on presentation of a budget, which shall first have been approved by their respective legislatures.
  6. A constitutional convention; Once members of the executive are excluded, Parliament must host a constitutional convention to draw up a definitive codified constitution for the peoples of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. It shall recognize their sovereign status and their inherent, inalienable rights and shall be subject to their approval.

Please give serious thought to these Agenda demands, and make contact  for further details via

‘info@theharrogateagenda.org.uk’

or the website address

http://www.theharrogateagenda.org.uk.

We also recommend that you follow the daily blog of Dr Richard North – to be found at http://www.eureferendum.com – for a grown-up approach to sorting out this confused mess.

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