Campaign for Democracy

#1
http://www.independent.co.uk/cfd/democracy.jsp

Dear Mr Blair,

I believe that the result of this month's election, in which your government was elected with a 67-seat majority on 36% of the popular vote and with the support of 22% of the electorate, is a subversion of our democracy.

I call on you, in your final term as Prime Minister, to institute urgent reform of our voting system so that the British people are encouraged to believe that their votes count and that the result of a general election is more representative of their wishes.
Would you sign this letter?
 
#2
Already have done,Dear heart.
The site has an online thingie to fill in.

There have also been hard copy versions in the newspaper, which they've been publishing for several days.
If you haven't seen it before maybe you really are from parts east.
 
#3
KGB_resident said:
http://www.independent.co.uk/cfd/democracy.jsp

Dear Mr Blair,

I believe that the result of this month's election, in which your government was elected with a 67-seat majority on 36% of the popular vote and with the support of 22% of the electorate, is a subversion of our democracy.

I call on you, in your final term as Prime Minister, to institute urgent reform of our voting system so that the British people are encouraged to believe that their votes count and that the result of a general election is more representative of their wishes.
Would you sign this letter?
Since when has a supposed Russian ever been in a position to preach to us about democracy?

http://www.willthomas.net/Convergence/Weekly/Stalins_Ghost.htm

Arrse.
 
#4
Dear Awol!

I hope you agree that the UK is a beacon of true democracy. So British example is very important, especially for newborn and fragile Russian democracy (moreover for Iraqi democracy).

If you regard my post as a critical one, then you are absolutely wrong. I'm interesting, do there exist democratical mechanism for changing of electoral system in the UK and nothing above it.

As to mentioned article, then I respect freedom of speech, right for different opinions. But as I live in Russia, in Moscow then I daresay know 'slightly' more that author of the article.

"A whiff of Stalinism is now polluting the Moscow air," reports The Times of London, after Russian prosecutors seized the oil giant YUKOS and jailed owner Mikhail Khodorkovsky at gunpoint for his involvement with an opposition political party.
How can detention of one man be regarded as return of Stalinism. Btw, bosses of Enron and Parmalat were arrested for economical crimes. If mr.Khodorkovsky would do in the UK that his did in Russia then he would be in the jail soon.

Now the governors, who have been called by observers, “one of the last remaining independent political forces” in Russia, have simply been fired and replaced by Putin’s favorites.
I don't like it. I think that people have right to elect governors directly. But recent law changed this situation. Now governors will be elected by local parliaments (councils) after proposition of president. I repeat, I don't like it, but it is a democracy, the law (constitutional law) was voted by more than 2/3 of Duma. Anyway in India (hugest democracy) governors are being appointed (not elected).

Under an Orwellian innovation called "managed democracy", Russians will now vote only for parties loyal to Putin, rather than for specific candidates of their choice in parliamentary elections.
Recently PR system was introduced in Russia (there will be only party lists on elections, not individual candidates). Personally I don't like it. As I understand many in the UK would like to change current electoral system namely for some form of PR system. Btw, communist party is in tough opposition to mr.Putin, there are other parties. If they haven't enough support from voters then it is their problem.

As the pro-democracy Committee 2008’s Vladimir Kara-Murza sums up, “There's no independent media, there's no parliament to speak of, there are no real parliamentary elections and now with the decision about the regional governors, there are no elections at all.”
It is his private opinion. I hear it on (very popular, pro-western) radio "Echo of Moscow). There is a lot of openly anti-Putin news-papers. As to elections then anti-Putin forces simply too weak and haven't wide suppotr in Russian society.

They have not been reassured by Putin’s recent amnesty for Col. Yuri Budanov, a Russian officer convicted last year of kidnapping and murdering a Chechen woman and sentenced to 10 years in prison. Putin’s pardon, which came immediately after the Beslan massacre, has dashed hopes that the case would serve to end Russian human rights abuses in Chechnya.
It is simply is not true. The author is a liar. Beslan 1-3 September 2004.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/3676928.stm

A Russian ex-colonel who was jailed for strangling a Chechen girl to death has dropped his request for a pardon.
So if the author used falsehood that can be easily spotted then what is a cost of his speculations?

Putin has also restored the national anthem chosen by Josef Stalin - along with tsarist-era two-headed eagle as the official state symbol, and the red flag as the banner of the no longer downsizing Russian army.
As to anthem then only music was restored (very good one). If USA has right to one headed eagle then why Russia hasn't right for two-headed eagle? (very old symbol btw). Red flag is a flag of victory in great war with Hitler. I don't see anything wrong with it. Btw, Russian naval flag (with very long history) is St.Andrew flag but unlike Scottish flag blue cross on white field. Is it too evedence of Stalinism in Russia?

I personally like the music of our national anthem. It is my right not yours. It is a democracy anyway.
 
#5
Personally I like the Russian anthem, but not for what it symbolises.
 
#6
KGB_resident said:
"A whiff of Stalinism is now polluting the Moscow air," reports The Times of London, after Russian prosecutors seized the oil giant YUKOS and jailed owner Mikhail Khodorkovsky at gunpoint for his involvement with an opposition political party.
How can detention of one man be regarded as return of Stalinism. Btw, bosses of Enron and Parmalat were arrested for economical crimes. If mr.Khodorkovsky would do in the UK that his did in Russia then he would be in the jail soon.
Yes, the bosses were arrested, but the Government didn't seize the companies - it's the forced appropriation of the companies by the government that's stalinist.
 
#7
stoatman said:
Yes, the bosses were arrested, but the Government didn't seize the companies - it's the forced appropriation of the companies by the government that's stalinist.
Government has lawfull right to get unpaid taxes (billions $$). YUKOS still exists. Only its Yugansk-Neftegas filial was sold. Shell or BP had possibility to buy Yugansk (they and other western companies were invited). Btw, BP has 50% in TNK-BP company (almost as huge as YUKOS and Russian oil is 1/4 of BP's output.

What is wrong?
 

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