The Party I supported in May’s elections – TUSC – where they stood has made a big deal of elected representatives earning the average wage of a skilled worker. On that basis, the likes of Dave Nellist not only won seats at Westminster; they defied swings against the Labour Party at the height of its unpopularity. This policy was first championed by Karl Marx after witnessing the democracy that flourished under the Paris Commune of 1871.
A second pillar of the democracy that distinguished the Paris Commune from capitalist ‘democracy’ of hopeless Monarchies such as the one we suffer under in Britain today was the right to recall. The right to recall is as key to genuine democratic control as is the egalitarianism of elected representatives living standards being tied to that of their constituents. That is why the bill proposed by Zac Goldsmith is one every socialist has to support, doing so enthusiastically.
Unaccustomed as I am to lending my support to anything a Tory MP proposes, this bill is supportable. Flawed? Perhaps. But the alternative is a joke, an obscene, anti-democratic shambles.
Watch the following video, and then sign online petitions to make it impossible for the Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dumber of the British establishment to ignore the voters.
There may be more than one online petition calling for the right to recall MPs. This is the one linked by Zac Goldsmith’s twitter account: http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/56449