The New Model Party
Ah - this sounds more like it!
Direct Democracy - Agenda for a New Model Party is being launched on 13 June 2005, to promote change and renewal within Conservative politics in Britain.
We, the authors, are a group of MPs, MEPs, candidates and activists from many traditions across the Conservative Party, but who unite in our belief in a new kind of politics.
For three years we have been meeting to discuss how to restore confidence in, and honour to, our democratic process. Our policy ideas emphasize diversity, pluralism, and local decision-making. ..
Conservatives need to adopt a Self-Denying Ordinance. They must dispel the notion that they are interested simply in office and convince the country that, rather than grasping at the levers of control, they would push powers outwards and downwards. They should be guided in all things by three principles.
Decisions should be taken as closely as possible to the people they affect;
Law-makers should be directly accountable;
The citizen should be as free as possible from state coercion. ...
Fifty-four years ago, the Conservative Party bounced back from a disastrous election by articulating voters' frustration with the bureaucracy that oppressed them. An electorate sick of ID cards, ration books and nationalisation responded gratefully to the slogan "Set the People Free". The Conservatives governed for the next 13 years.
Ours should be the same theme: set the people free.
Interesting stuff - these guys seem to understand what is going on, and what needs to be done - I will be following with interest.