Statement for the Cambridge Stays Hustings
I wasn’t able to attend the hustings for Cambridge Stays. I sent in a response to be read out and I’ve posted it below as well:
The referendum held in 2016 encompassed a whole range of issues. It called to people’s distrust of others and the government. Voting once every 5 years does not give people control of their lives or their environment. People who lack this agency will take any opportunity to try to change things. Rebooting Democracy stand for giving all decisions and agenda setting to the people using Citizens’ Assemblies. Randomly selected and stratified groups would be used to be representatives of the population. These groups listen to evidence from experts and stakeholders and deliberate in small groups over days or weeks. All presentations and submissions would be available for all to see. This gives us considered, transparent decision making. And if the evidence changes then there are no egos to fight about running another assembly to re-asses the decisions made.