Can We Rebel Against The System With Flatpack Democracy
Throughout Europe there has been a movement to revitalise democracy and bring it back to a citizen rather than a corporate base. Syriza in Greece was one manifestation of this as was the recent Spanish Elections that saw the success of anti establishment Parties.
Now we are beginning to see that in the UK when in the General Election the traditional Political Parties had a minority share of the vote but because of the first past the post system had a large number of MPs in the House of Commons. And yet Scotland made it clear that when there is a real alternative then people will desert the traditional Parties in droves.
In a very British way this happened in Frome in Somerset. At the local elections, people in Frome rejected the parties they had normally supported and turned to the Independents for Frome in droves. There was a feeling in Frome that mainstream politics fails to represent them or their concerns, a genuine fear we are becoming a less caring, less understanding, less tolerant Britain.
The SYRIZA Challenge in Greece (1/2)
Prof. Leo Panitch of York University says only in Greece is there a political party that is putting forth a clear radical democratic alternative of a progressive kind, and they are very close to taking powerView video profile
The SYRIZA Challenge in Greece (2/2)
Leo Panitch: Even mainstream economists like Krugman, Piketty and Munchau are saying that SYRIZA is advancing the only rational plan for GreeceView video profile
Change:HOW? #20 Peter Macfadyen
Peter is the Mayor of Frome, northeast Somerset, the author of Flatpack Democracy, and has worked in areas of social justice for 35 years. He is one of the founders Independents for Frome, created to support a group of individuals to stand and get elected to Frome Town Council in 2011.View video profile
Beyond (Party) Politics - Bristol Green Week
What next for politics in the UK? Is the South West leading the way? Local politics in Frome was transformed last year when a group of Independents took over their council. Bristol has elected independent George Ferguson as its first mayor. A panel including Frome Mayor Pippa Goldfinger, Bristol Mayor George Ferguson, and Jonathon Porritt, co-founder of the Ecology (now Green) Party, discuss the impact of operatingView video profile