Power 2010 Pledge
The Power 2010 pledge was set up as something to encourage parliamentarians to endorse the types of reform which voters have called for. This was done via an online campaign, and several targeted real-world events.
My own objection to Power 2010 is on record, and I’m not hopeful that it will change anything – and it does seem to have become just another pressure group at this time. That said, I am of course signing the Power 2010 pledge, as some of the measures are worthwhile, even if they won’t have the sort of effect aimed at by the group.
Clauses of the pledge are, in order of popularity:
1. Introduce a proportional system
2. Scrap ID cards and roll back the database state
3. Replace the House of Lords with an elected chamber
4. Allow only English MPs to vote on English laws
5. Draw up a written constitution
When signing the pledge, the site asks you to make clear why you are signing it, and which bits you agree and disagree with. Salman Shaheen has posted up his views over at Third Estate. On the Power 2010 site, I have written as follows:
“I support the POWER Pledge parts 1, 2, 3 and 5. I think the democratisation of the parliamentary system and the protection of the civil liberties of the British people are vitally important to ensuring a better degree of accountability when it comes to the government, both legislative and executive branches.
“I do not support English votes on English laws.”
As someone who lives in England, and is liable to be affected by English votes on English laws, I don’t think it’s a good idea. I see it as an expression of nationalism, and there’ll be more coming up on this in a subsequent post on Raymond Williams, George Orwell and “Real England”.
If you have signed the Power 2010 pledge, feel free to leave your own remarks below as to why, or why you won’t.