Direct Democracy Pays You

Although people would spend less time per week voting than they would spend on Facebook and Twitter etc, voters will be paid for voting and for uploading policy proposals and to avoid potential abuse, specific conditions can be applied [such as voters not being paid to cancel or to change previously-cast votes].

Furthermore, the money to pay voters for their activity will not come from income tax or from state budgets or any potential budget savings but will instead be generated through a PA-administered wealth redistribution scheme that will transfer money from corporates directly to the people - tax free!

Through purchasing advertising space on the public voter website, companies will be voluntarily entering into the scheme and many of these companies will be the same companies that have been using legal tax avoidance schemes to allow them to pay as little as 0.1% tax and to maintain efficiency, we propose that PA advertising sales be administered internally and not out-sourced to a 3rd party sales agency. From our own previous experience of working within the advertising industry, we envisage that a team of approx. five full time staff will be sufficient to maintain and administer the scheme and we propose that their salaries be in alignment with industry rates [between £12,000 - £25,000 + commission] and are funded directly from revenue generated from the scheme.

At this stage, there are too many variables for us to be able to publish any realistic revenue projections but due to the highly varied nature of the voter website, its ever-expanding architecture and its potentially high exposure levels, such a website would offer highly competitive products and we strongly believe that we can out-compete our biggest competitors in the on-line advertising market.

We initially propose that 100% of the revenue [minus the cost of running the scheme] is divided equally between all voters based upon their activity and, if people wish to propose alternative payment conditions or structures or to allocate a fixed percentage to charities [for example], they can publish their policy proposals on the public voter website for potential implementation into law at any time.

A note of caution; While we agree in principal that people should be paid for time spent maintaining democracy, if the UK electorate votes for PA direct democracy in 2015 mostly because of the payment aspect and not because of its benefits to society, a UK direct democracy would be vulnerable because it would not have been valued for its true worth and its benefits will therefore not be fully-respected. On this basis and also because it is not possible for us to publish any accurate financial projections, we suggest that people vote upon this aspect as a policy proposal after voting for reform to direct democracy and, we suggest that they consider giving 100% of the potential revenue to charitable causes.

Voting for direct democracy outside a general election

Direct Democracy - Audio

It is up to us, the people [not the politicians] to use the power that we have always had, to choose to implement direct democracy as soon as possible.

It is up to us, the people [not the politicians] to use the power that we have always had, to choose to implement direct democracy as soon as possible.

This is not a protest campaign.

In accordance with Magna Carta Article 61 and with UN UDHR Article 21 and with all of the democratic principals up-held by the UN [which the UK has signed-up to], the people already have the lawful right to reform to direct democracy - even outside a general election.