I am pretty certain that everyone who is reading this realises that the present way we are governed leaves a lot to be desired.
I have come up with a few different ideas recently, such as voting for the other party at every election to ensure that MPs don’t get their feet under the table for too long. I have also advocated the idea of voting for small parties to enable them to grow larger and give the major parties a better fight.
However, I have now come up with what I think is a better idea. It costs a certain amount of money to prepare for an election. Having many elections, localised, should not cost very much more, if at all, to what is being spent now.
My idea, seeing that the EU is now making 80% of our laws, would be to reduce the number of seats in parliament to 300. The next idea is to set the period that an MP serves to a fixed four years.
We should then divide the 300 new constituencies by eight, making about 38 constituencies per period. My idea is then to hold a revolving election every six months for just those 38 constituencies.
During the period of four years, every constituent in the entire parliament would have gone through one election.
This would mean that if we had a government like the present government, and with the leader like the present leader, every time a crass policy was put forward, the leader would know that people would judge him at the next sectional election. Depending on how crass the policy would depend on how many MPs he would shortly lose. And I mean shortly. Naturally, there would be those dyed in the wool supporters who would vote positively no matter what was done in their name. But those sorts of supporters are dying out and there are far more floating voters than there ever were before. In addition, government supporters might be tempted to vote against them knowing that they would not lose power, only that their life might be more “difficult”.
There would also be continuity as, at each election, there would be at least 262 sitting MPs and out of the 38 standing for election, quite a few of those would be returning again.
However, I’m sure you will realise that there isn’t a leader of any party who would countenance such a radical idea, especially if it meant they would be kept on the straight and narrow.