Monday, 31 March 2014

Why are Politicians frightened to give ex Pats the vote

Reality shows that the UK is not a full democracy. Universal Adult Suffrage is not respected and is even deliberately legislated against in the case of UK nationals living abroad. The UK political system is effectively an elected dictatorship in which almost unlimited power is given to the government to do whatever it wants without consulting the electorate between elections.

If you complain politicians will reply with the worn phrase, “If you don’t like what we are doing, vote us out at the next election” In the meanwhile, they do what they want, knowing full well that if you vote them out, they will have their turn, in all probability at the following election.
UKIP is now shaking up that principle. In France the mainstream political parties have been severely shaken up after the recent local elections by the Front National, and the British politicians of the established parties are beginning to worry.

The UK needs a system more like the Swiss Direct Democracy, where Manifesto promises must be honoured, and every major government policy introduced between elections must be approved by a majority of the electors before it can be implemented and where the electors can themselves propose policies that, if approved in a vote, must be implemented by the government. It is time that control of both policies and politicians was given back to the people.

David Cameron has legislated to ask ALL UK citizens whether to remain part of the EU” – but all expatriate citizens who left the UK more than 15 years ago are excluded from voting.

In the same way ALL Scots should be allowed to vote in such an important referendum for the very future of their country, and ALL non-UK citizens should be excluded from voting – currently non-Scottish and non UK citizens living in Scotland will be allowed to vote – in what way is it their business to determine Scottish independence?
In the United Kingdom, that is TOTALLY anti-democratic, when, in the 21st century, we have politicians denying 800,000 British Scottish citizens the opportunity for democratic expression on their own constitutional status. That smacks of discrimination and is wrong.
Politicians claim they want the British public electorate, to participate in political life, and yet deny in legislation, voting rights to its own citizens, simply because they have taken up their legal right to move elsewhere in the European Union.
Now in 2017, David Cameron has legislated to ask all UK citizens whether to remain part of the EU, and yet denies the vote to a large group of British Citizens, to whom it will have one of the biggest effects.



  1. See this document:
    and respond.

  2. Thank you Dick. I have seen this document and sent an e mail to the address given
    I have had no contact from them but as the closing date is not until
    2 July 2014. I suppose I am being a bit anxious