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Independent Parliamentary Candidate Milton Keynes North 2005-15
Members of Parliament are elected to represent local people’s interests in the House of Commons. How can the internet and social media help with this?
That is simply not true for the Party Politically fettered & lobby fodders with party political baggage.
The only people who truly conscientiously represent people's interest are Independent Candidates who also need air time, public funds & all other resources available to Party Political perpetrators to compete on equal footing.
We also need to change out electoral governance to ensure that the election are representative of the electorate & votes cast. FPTP will not do anymore.
Internet & social media can assist in disseminating this information & eliciting responses like this provided positive outcomes are elicited.
Does social media enhance the local link for MPs, or undermine it by involving them in more national and international discussions?
India is a prime example of how the PM can engage fully with the electorate & elicit innovativeness of the people to contribute towards reforming systems & governance.
Use of interactive technology is increasing. Is this likely to increase pressure for more direct democracy, such as crowd-sourcing, referendums and citizens’ initiatives?
I am not sure of what is meant by crowd-sourcing.
Referendums according to my manifesto must be held when more than 5% of electorate request it. Rather tha waiting for years of 4 yearly local elections, electronic means are more cost-effective which could involve neighbours & homeless provided all have unique ref nos.
Similarly citizens or electorate initiative can be aired in the same way by initiatives like MyGov.nic.in
What will democracy look like in 15 – 20 years?
If Corporatocracy is allowed to continue it will be demolised without mercy.
Information about politics
Most people still get most of their news from television, although this seems to be changing in favour of online information. Traditional news organisations are also changing. What impact will this have on elections and democracy in general?
People have more accessible independent & whistle-blowing disseminations. There is a real need for non-Corporatocratic governance on similar lines to Resource based Economy
How can online provision of information about elections be improved, including details of where to vote, how to vote and the results?
Voting must be totally electonic with inique ref no per electorate homeless or not. S/he could cast a vote free from any public library.
Can we expect continuous election campaigning through digital channels – what would citizens feel about that and would it undermine or strengthen representative democracy?
Elections campaigns if any ought to be accessible by all candidates of all diversity on equal footing. Democracy otherwise has no meaning.