David Cameron has no genuine commitment to making parliament and MP's more accountable to the public.
In principle, recall should be available to all electorates on demand. At any time, a petition by a proportion of the electorate should trigger a new election - simples.
David Cameron has suggest a process that he has labelled 'recall', but gives the electorate no additional influence, control at all!
Cameron insists that an MP must:
- Commit a significant offence
- Be censured by parliament
- Be subject to a major petition from the electorate
- Parliament must agree that parliaments original censure was insufficient
- New election!
- Offence: Who decides what is 'significant' or not? How about betraying a manifest pledge? Yes/No?
- Censure: What if parliament decide no censure requried (maybe a minister already resigned)?
- Petition: Yes, I'll accept that
- When would parliament *EVER* admit it had not done enough and must defer to the people?!?
- Election: Yes, I'll accept that too.