4 Restoring Government

The government has gone from managing essential national infrastructure to the control of people and society as a whole. It is not acceptable for a few people to force their vision of society on the general populace and no matter how altruistic these peoples claims maybe it has only benefited those who do not have the best interests of the people at heart.

The governments' size (true to the core principle of Smallism) has to be reduced and the perverse incentives and moral hazards of government need to be removed and replaced with a more responsible, accountable, and sustainable form of government suitable for dealing with national and international issues.  This cannot be created through the growth of state or regulations.

This section shows how Smallism would redefine government roles at the national level while keeping the responsibilities (and thus the incentive for corruption) at a minimum.

In Smallism so far we have taken control of the following subjects away from government control, Healthcare, Academia, Local Council control and put those responsibilities back into the hands of the people who use those services and in some cases been able to convert cost-center resources into profit center resources by re-establishing local demand for services with local service providers. Essentially, keeping a large part of the money flow within the local economy and thus enhancing the value of that money flow to the local people. This stands in stark contrast with those who live abroad taking money out of a local economy and transferring it to some other local economy, such is the case of the financial manager of a council who lives in Cyprus.  One assumes that this person spends a majority of their expenditure within the Cyprus economy at the detriment of those who pay her wages.  A classic example of a civil servants personal interest over those whom money she is responsible.

What we have left are truly national interests such as defense, legal and international relations.

However what we have not realised so far is that having done away with local government what need is there now for Members of Parliament?

Currently the 650 MP's represent fixed areas but with Smallism there is no such concept. Wards change as local desires dictate. Services are provided from end to end, rather than block control. We now have no need for MP's.

However we do need a way of informing government what the will of the people is at a national level and in Smallism, instead of a partisan representative for an area the ward manager will be responsible for passing on the wishes of the ward which will be conducted by local voting.  This is a version of referendums for all national policy decisions but without the central control.  The ward can be responsible for managing the collection of votes in whatever way is suitable for the ward.  So long as the votes are collected by the time it is required, and submitted to government ministers to enact there is no need for the expense of a national referendum.

It could be that a ward agrees that all policies central government submits will be agreed without the need for a vote, another ward might want to discuss the detail of every policy put forward.  This is directly under the control of the people.

The ward will in effect replace the MP which means that the vote of the ward will be in line with the wishes of the majority of the ward but not be along partisan lines. In the current system an MP will be whipped into their voting pattern regardless of the wishes of the constituents they were elected to represent.

Summary

The need for MP's becomes obsolete, along with local councils.

The majority vote for proposed central government policies goes forward 

Ward boundaries may change if people disagree with majority vote

 

 

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