Archive - April 2014

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TO PARTY OR NOT TO PARTY?
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Dysfunctional Democracy 1.
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Tipping Points

TO PARTY OR NOT TO PARTY?

Some of the early feedback from those fine souls who have read all of Flatpack Democracy revolves around whether Independents for Frome (ifF) is, or is not, a POLITICAL PARTY. Marcus Letts (of the United Diversity coop) picks no bones: ‘As you clearly observe, Independents for Frome is a political party’. Simon Carter (an independent councilor for Just Tewkesbury) is equally clear: ”…..come on Peter, you are a party….”. They are not necessarily citing this as a problem, but that my lack of clarity on this issue makes it harder to get over what we have tried to do in Frome as well as potentially confusing both readers and voters. Read More

Dysfunctional Democracy 1.

I’m unconvinced it’s an especially British trend to reject change.  If you look around the so called ‘democracies’ of the world, the vast majority of them operate in the same way as each other, and in the same way as they have done for many years.  As a town councillor I’ve been shocked over the last 3 years by the difference between how we make decisions in the council and in our families and communities.  Politics at too many levels starts with confrontation and looks for a winner, while in the rest of life we constantly seek agreement and compromise. Read More

Tipping Points

Tipping points, when we are talking Climate Change are not good news – it’s the last little thing that tips us over the brink and into the unknown.  But it’s a positive tipping point I’m seeking with Flatpack.  That will be when we sell or give away a copy which results in a big enough group of people out there who have actually read the book and are interested in discussing the issues.  That’s why we ran the Radical Walk and Launch, Read More

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