TO PROMOTE AND IMPLEMENT DEMOCRACY

The Democratic Party has been formed to counter the current denial of democracy by existing major political parties. Recent events in Parliament have shown that promises made to the Electorate at the last General Election have been cast aside by the Labour Government; Conservative MPs have used undemocratic practices to deny the will of the majority and Lib-Dems have voted against their own party policy.

A major objective of the Party will be to return to the original concept that a representative must answer to the electorate. Where the will of the people is clear, the representative will vote in accordance with their wishes. If the people's decision is not known, then the representative will once again attend Parliament, listen to the debate and cast a vote according to his or her best judgement, without pressure from a dictatorship at the top! The Democratic Party will not have Whips to bully MPs into voting against their wishes.

THE D.P. AND THE POLITICAL SPECTRUM

A new party is inevitably asked where it stands in the Left-Right spectrum. The answer is we stand for Democracy - a process which anchors us, willingly so, into the broad middle ground, while extremism is eliminated automatically.

Philosophy

PUBLIC OPINION - AN ESSENTIAL ROLE

How does an elector know which way the party will vote?

Prior to an election, the Democratic Party will publish a detailed manifesto of 'promises to implement' specific policies. These policies will have been established from extensive surveillance of public demand and decision, utilising public meetings, opinion polls, media surveys, referendums etc.

The guarantee by all Democratic Party elected representatives to vote for the will of the people, ensures that the party cannot be taken over by an undemocratic few for their own ends.

Widespread consultation, both before and after an election is an essential element of the Democratic Party's philosophy. Democratic Party representatives' FIRST loyalty is to their electorate - not to any pressure group, not to any vested interest group, not even to the Party!!

BUT WHERE IS THE LEADERSHIP?

The Democratic Party will not go to the electorate without ideas and policies. To offer leadership to a consenting and informed electorate is a major guiding principle.

But an essential plank of our offer to the public is :

INFORMATION - CONSULTATION - IMPLEMENTATION - ADMINISTRATION

The articles of association of the Democratic Party allow for a ruling council of 10 members elected by the membership on a One Member, One Vote principle - Democracy in practice.

MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION FORM

The Democratic Party is a grass roots operation. Help us to return Britain to Democracy by joining with other ordinary men and women who put the good of their country before the party. A subscription of £10.00 ensures membership until 31st December 2019. Please print this membership application form, complete and send to:

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WHAT'S NEW

12th March 2020 - LMNP 2020

5th February 2019 - Fuel Lobby rejects 15p per litre off

21st January 2019 - Party NOT "right-wing"

22nd September 2018 - (Referring to the Tories' promise of 3p reduction in fuel prices) Now the Tories aren't listening either!

14th September 2018 - (Letter to the Press referring to the current fuel crisis) Does New Labour believe in democracy?

13th April 2018 - Britain's Unique Heritage of Law Threatened by an E.U. Police State

15th March 2018 - Electorate wants Common Market with EU

14th January 2018 - Withdrawal from the EU - Statement from the Party

5th January 2018 - UKIP Members' Trust Betrayed by Internal Strife

5th January 2018 - Letter to Newspaper Editors re UKIP

5th January 2018 - Marek M.P. - the ongoing story - Letter to "The Times"

9th December 2017 - Marek M.P., Council Tax - the ongoing story

23rd November 2017 - Are some MPs obtaining pension rights without service?

18th November 2017 - Motorists declare war on New Labour

4th November 2017 - The Earl of Burford to stand as DP candidate

13th October 2017 - Democrats slam Blair transport complacency

OVERVIEW OF MANIFESTO

DETERMINATION OF POLICY

Issues of policy fall into one of two main categories. Where decisions have highly complex ramifications it is the duty of the party to explain the effects of the decision and initiate a public debate. Other decisions have little external effect and hence can be based on the wish of the majority of the British people - in other words real democracy. Other political parties produce a Manifesto of policies which are normally the wish of Party Members or, as we are seeing more and more, the wishes of a few elite who then impose their views on elected representatives - this is not democracy.

It is not however our intention to abdicate responsibility for leadership by hiding behind democracy. Information, consultation and then implementation is the guiding principle.

Between now and the next General Election, we shall continue to identify issues which command a majority of the British people. These wishes then become, automatically, our policies and, given the opportunity, would be implemented as soon as possible after the election. Obtaining the decisions of the people is in many instances clear-cut. Where a majority is large, for example, a 60:40 ratio, independent opinion polls conducted by reputable organisations such as Gallop, Mori, NOP etc., provide sufficient evidence. A very close decision, such as the Welsh Referendum, would not be considered decisive if the data had been obtained from an opinion poll. In addition, information can be gathered from consultation with the electorate via the media, open meetings, personal consultation with both lobby groups and individuals etc. This method is considered to be a much more reliable indication of a majority than the current 'methods' used in the U.K.

There are many important areas of policy where the understandable wish of the people must be tempered with reality, eg expenditure for the NHS; then the task of the DP is to explain to the public the consequence on taxation of increasing expenditure in the NHS. A similar situation applies to Defence, the Economy, Education and the like. It is not our intention to remain passive in these areas, but to identify the problems and propose solutions, together with the implications that these solutions would have on the electorate. We believe that our close consultation with the electorate, while obtaining the wish of the people, would allow us to be both more accurate and sincere in our proposals, than existing parties. Whether we have succeeded in achieving these objectives will be decided at the ballot box.

Decisions already reached and, hence policies decided, are shown in these web pages as 'drafts for consultation', as listed in the Manifesto. Detailed papers on each topic are being prepared and will be published in good time for public discussion to take place before the General Election.

CENTRAL OFFICE & BRANCH ARRANGEMENTS

Autonomy

Although some degree of Central Office supervision is necessary to prevent malpractice, it is the intention of the DP Council to ensure that each Branch Office has as great a degree of autonomy as possible.

It is important, however, to establish and maintain the general principle of a branch being self-sufficient. This is to avoid the disastrous accusation of a "rich man buying democracy"; a charge that was made incorrectly against Sir James Goldsmith, but with very damaging effect.

Candidate Selection

To this end, the members of a branch will select a candidate, who will then attend a training course in Malvern. It is only if the Council considers that a particular candidate shows major problems that the Branch Committee would be consulted. The question to the branch would be "Have you really considered this candidate properly", and in particular 'this aspect'?

Finance

In general, it is the intention that each branch is responsible for its own financial arrangements. However, to encourage recruitment, a fixed proportion, provisionally fixed at 25% of each member's subscription will be paid to his/her branch automatically upon enrolment, and thereafter at renewal time.

It is hoped that Central Office funds will build sufficiently to allow grants to be paid to branches for approved activities, for example - the hiring of a large hall.

Constitution

A constitution, i.e. rules governing the Central Office/Branch Office relationship is currently under preparation. Copies will be published for comment in the near future.