Direct Democracy proposal for Economics

The National Budget

Should the People's Administration install direct democracy, we propose that all current finance ministers work with their own party so as to be able to form national budgetary plans. These ministers will then work together in an attempt to form a united proposal and the different plans will be put to the people for decisions upon implementation.

Each plan will be published on-line and justified by it's author/authors and criticised by those who oppose, whether from within a political party or a member of the voting public. Each plan will have to explain its financial aspirations for each sector of the budget or it will be excluded. Under this rule, inclusion means that only plans with complete explanations will be published.

We also propose that all plans are shared with the Institute of Fiscal Studies for independent assessment and advice.

From our own assessment of the national budget and current deficit, The People's Administration believes that there could potentially be savings totaling £134 BN - £197 BN [minimum] in just 1 year by making cuts in the following sectors alone, without compromising the budgets for policing, the NHS and the Welfare State:

1. Abolition of ASBO's
£6 BN

2. Not upgrading and replacing the Trident Nuclear Deterrent programme:
£97 BN [£130 BN if including the additional 2 new aircraft carriers]

This cost alone is equivalent to the entire cost of the welfare benefits system whilst the entire cost of policing for England and Wales is a mere £11 BN per year in comparison!

3. Termination of NHS national records database:
£12 BN minimum

4. Abolition of Government Quangos:
£1 BN minimum

5. Abolition of National ID Card Scheme:
£18 BN + £300 per person

6. Terminating the 18 million duplicate and fraudulently used NI numbers
£30 BN

At the same time, billions more could potentially be saved or generated by implementing the following proposed policies by the People's Administration:

hemp Cultivation policy

Reform of Whitehall Departmental and Local Government Budget spending criteria

Abolition of Faith Schools

Revamp anti-drugs use/abuse campaigns

Delegation to be sent to Dubai to research how to enforce anti-litter laws

Delegation to be sent to Helsinki and Siberia to research how to adapt UK infrastructure to better-manage the effects of colder weather conditions

Delegation to be sent to Sweden so as to research how to reduce unwaged UK teenage pregnancy rates

Closing of the House of Lords

Closing of Downing Street

Review of DWP and all other Whitehall departmental practices to assess for digitisation of internal processes

Illegal drug users/abusers to be offered treatment post-arrest by the police instead of after conviction by the courts

Easing of prison over-crowding

Prostitution to be fully legalised

Review of all anti-drug use/abuse laws

100 years ago, none of the taxes listed below existed, yet the UK prospered. There was no national debt and the English middle class was the largest in the world:

Stamp Duty
Tobacco Duty
Alcohol Duty
Petrol/Diesel Duty
Corporate Income Tax
Income Tax
Council Tax
Employment Tax
Fishing License Tax
Inheritance Tax
Value-added Tax
Marriage License Tax
Property Tax
Service Charge taxes
Social Security Tax
Vehicle License Registration Tax
Vehicle Sales Tax
Workers Compensation Tax

Voting for direct democracy outside a general election

Direct Democracy - Audio

It is up to us, the people [not the politicians] to use the power that we have always had, to choose to implement direct democracy as soon as possible.

This is not a protest campaign.

In accordance with Magna Carta Article 61 and with UN UDHR Article 21 and with all of the democratic principals up-held by the UN [which the UK has signed-up to], the people already have the lawful right to reform to direct democracy - even outside a general election.