Mini-Issue Introduction: Democracy 2015

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On Tuesday 4 September, Andreas Whittam Smith, founder of The Independent newspaper launched Democracy 2015 – a new political movement running under the banner ‘People Politics, Not Party Politics’ that hopes to reverse public apathy towards politics and repair our broken political system.

Its aim is to win a majority at the 2015 general election in a truly people’s led movement. Anyone can get involved and anything is up for discussion. The manifesto will be put together by the people themselves with policies decided on through intense discussion and contemplation. Democracy 2015 runs against conventional party-politics; opposing the careerist politician and the electioneering, media centred system. It seeks to get ‘ordinary’ people into politics – people with experience of the working-world who have felt success in their field. With this, it is hoped that confidence in our politicians and political system can be restored and a better and healthier democracy can be found.

In this mini-issue we question and explore this audacious new movement and look at the successes and failures of similar outside political campaigns. It is a fascinating idea and one that we feel would benefit from a comprehensive debate. Articles will be released over the next two weeks on a variety of topics. Here’s a little of what you can expect to see:

  • Criticisms of Democracy 2015
  • Articles exploring alternative visions of
    British politics. Looking at what is wrong with politics today and what
    policies Britain would benefit from
  • An interview from Democracy 2015 founder,
    Andreas Whitham Smith
  • A study of other outside political
    movements, exploring their particular successes and failures

There should be something for eveyone in this issue. As always, thank you for reading and get commenting!

Best wishes,

George Richards


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to find out more about Democracy 2015)


  • Rob Frank

    …but how do they expect to get serious people interested if they have no policies or stance on issues? The elitist organisers want to attract people who have made a success of their lives in other areas (“no plebs please”), but fail to grasp that those people will not wreck their careers to stand for a party whose only real position is the tired old “we don’t like politicians” line. And they naively fail also to grasp in their opening shot that the EU controls much of legislation through Directives that cannot be overturned by the supposedly all-powerful UK parliament. Westminster CANNOT amend, alter or repeal Directives without either begging from the EU, or deciding to leave the EU, or alternatively breaking the law as it applies (with EU rules and law being superior and Parliament barred from repealing them). If a new party cannot even get that type of thing right, what hope for its supposed “policy making groups” and for a party which at the moment appears to consist of a large number of privileged and unpaid interns at The Independent.