The change will only happen if we make it. At the end of the day, it is down to us whether we push hard enough, whether we persist, whether we accept the spin or not.
Here are some ways to get involved to make it happen. You may have others, please let us know if you do.Email TfG
- Review the book and the Treaty online.
- Raise the Treaty, and keep raising it – with friends, neighbours, MPs, on radio, television, online, in newspapers.
- Sign every petition. Heckle. Ask people in government if they are scared of something this good, and if they are up to its demands. Use shame.
- Talk to friends and colleagues. Urge them to find out about the Treaty.
- Use the resources on this website as the basis of discussion. A video lecture on the treaty will appear here soon.
- Engage a speaker, here if you want, , book a venue, publicise the meeting.
- Run a book club on each section or the whole of the Treaty.
- Write about it in magazines/newspapers/journals/ society newsletters you are involved with.
- Twitter/Facebook/Linked-in comment.
The full benefit of the Treaty will only be felt once it is in the constitution and in effective operation. At the same time, many of us will have opportunities to light fires along the way.
Here are ways of getting it going now:
- If you are an elected councillor, you can probe local authority decisionmakers using the ten tests for policy making. That should produce some fun answers.
- If you are an executive mayor, you can establish small-scale independent Resultures, and insert some cutting edge into running a city.
- Get some feedback going for a local authority or Council, or a Public Service Organisation. For example, use “Civic Apps” eg http://www.mysociety.org/about and www.fixmystreet.com . Use these to ‘report, view, or discuss local problems (like graffiti, fly tipping, broken paving slabs, or street lighting)’. Or use Freedom of Information.
- Freedom of Information specialists can further publicise the methods they use to extract feedback on results and outcomes from the unwilling, and the apps to enable this to work.
House of Lords
- The House of Lords can go quite a long way and refuse any further political appointments. That’s unconstitutional, some might say. Ah, but an uncodified constitution cuts both ways – if the Lords decides it has control over appointments, then it does; after all, it is only the Civil Service that has previously claimed the opposite.
- Insist on the ten tests for policy making and all legislation
- Start building the Resulture. Set up a Lords task group to do this. Employ specialists from outside the existing civil service on fair terms and conditions to run it. Look for simple but important feedback to start with. Decide how to deploy better existing resources in the National Audit Office, Office for National Statistics, National Institute for Clinical Excellence, Lords Library, and Universities.
- Select Committees can choose only to accept data on
the results of a government programme from wholly
independent sources, otherwise make it inadmissible.
- Redirect the NAO to effective roles.
- Apply the ten tests for policy/decisions/legislation.
- Think tanks can present all of their policy proposals readyvetted using the ten tests.
- Expand into or set up technical think tanks eg road maintenance and construction, undergrounding power lines, recovery times for road accidents, how to run rail replacement services, maintaining rail services during maintenance periods.
- Ask ministers how? How is this policy to be made to work? How will this change be delivered? What is the basis for concluding that it will be? Is the system for delivery aligned?
- Local and national journalists can craft with greater incision about some tough-to-solve issues.
- I very much look forward to our pugilist interviewers asking the minister sixteen times what his/her policy of the day is intended to result in, and why and how it is to work. And where in the world is it successfully running. And where are the independent numbers to show this. Prove it.
Many organisations have been campaigning for years for change in society. From political journalists and constitutional academics to Mumsnet and protest voters. From on-line campaigning groups and democracy NGOs, to consumer champions.
We may be starting from different places, but many are pushing in the same direction. We all know government isn’t working. We are getting a raw deal. It doesn’t have to be this way. Renaissance government is there for the taking.
If you work in these and other organizations build bridges between them.
Constitutional academics, lawyers and students
- Take each section of the Treaty, deliberate, and conclude as to how it should best be turned into legislation. Draft the legislation.
- Develop the options for which parts should be amended by referendum and the majorities required, and which by parliamentary vote, once the Treaty is in place.