Thursday, 6 May 2010

Interactive Democracy Reinforces the Main Political Parties

It seems to be a contradiction in terms to say that Interactive Democracy reinforces the main political parties, given that it gives voters more power, but it does so in a number of ways:

  1. It removes the need for single issue parties and independent MPs.
  2. It allows the government to blame the people for policies that don't work.
  3. It encourages people to get involved with politics and join the political parties - they can then be updated with emails about issues that are pending.
  4. It gives party members and activists greater power and involvement than they have today.
  5. The party gets real feedback on the reactions of voters to any proposal.
  6. The party leadership can concentrate on their core competencies of leadership, management, governance and diplomacy, without being condemned for one manifesto commitment or another.

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