In the first part, it was mooted that we could, today, easily move to voting from home via votemeter and that parliament becomes a bureaucratic executive for the legislation coming out of the votemeters.
They would still propose legislation arising from PMBs from the voting chamber but that legislation would be voted on directly from home by registered Electors.
To be an Elector, there are two stipulations – firstly, that you are at that time a registered voter in the country under the same criteria as currently and secondly, that you pass the exam, as it is set at that time.
The test – setting the questions
The difficulty is in the formulation of the questions and that would be the subject of hot debate. As the initial questions would be the subject of a poll and would be set by “experts” from three universities, most like and as those “experts” are Marxist, most like, then the questions could well be skewed.
If, however, reps from a cross-section of professions were to set the proposed questions, they could have the raging battle first and would be obliged to consider the public’s suggestions not unlike in flag design competitions but needing to explain why they rejected certain questions.
It could be further enhanced by only public suggestions agreed by three or more currently registered voters would be considered.
Anyway, once these are thrashed out, the initial set would be put and registered voters invited to go to their local council offices and take the test.
After a quota of, say, 20% of voters had passed the test, then the initial votemeters would be available at major outlets and you’d need to produce your certificate or electronic confirmation from the government to buy the set.
Now the parliamentary committee, association, whatever, puts the set of questions up for editing and the new voters can tweak the list. The old set of questions runs for six months and at the end of that time, the new set is put in place for the period of one year.
Thereafter, the questions, which are up for review all year round, are altered once a year to reflect the new voting over the past year across the country.
Thus the test is slowly honed and the people educated at the same time.
Parliamentary structure and electoral terms
The trick in all of these changes is to make the bureaucratic changeover dovetail more nicely and not to throw people out of work. Public sector employees have ample time to retrain into other professions and indeed are given a five year grace period that if a job comes up they’re interested in, then they must automatically go to interview stage with that employer.
Beyond that, merit takes over as the criterion.
By now, we have a new relationship with the EU, the bad legislation of 1997 – 2009 is rolled back, more or less, such as wheelie bin crime and other inanities, the police are now local, as mentioned in part one and all of that has taken place.
Parliament now consists of the same number of MPs but they are now MPAs – members of the parliamentary assembly and directly preselected by people via council offices, not of any party unless they choose to stipulate that on the form but their former party, if any, is on the form.
Voting is not on one day but within a period of time at the local council offices, should registered voters care to attend.
There is a new method of recall in place, based on the American system.
On a stipulated day, total votes for each candidate within the constituency to that date are tabulated and published, although the progressive tallies, like church appeal boards, are always available to peruse.
Each constituency returns three people but the constituencies are larger and fewer so the council offices mentioned as the venues would be those in the larger towns. It still doesn’t alter the suffrage of those from outlying areas but does mean they’d need to travel further, unfortunately.