Lewis Stur­rock

Some­thing New, Ross, Skye and Lochaber

The Oban Times - - Election Special -

We work a lit­tle dif­fer­ently here at Some­thing New. We have an open man­i­festo which any­one can con­trib­ute to. The de­ci­sion, I be­lieve, lies in the hands of the peo­ple.

We pro­vide a tech­nol­ogy-based means to ac­cu­rately rep­re­sent the cur­rent opin­ion of the pop­u­lace. I ask ev­ery res­i­dent to con­trib­ute to the open man­i­festo by vis­it­ing some­thingnew.org.uk/man­i­festo/ and click­ing ‘Sug­gest a Change’. This can be done eas­ily by any mem­ber of the pub­lic, and ev­ery mem­ber of any party, eas­ily through any in­ter­net- con­nected de­vice such as a smart­phone or lap­top.

We pro­pose a con­tem­po­rary app that al­lows vot­ers’ voices to be heard quickly and securely.

Us­ing our sys­tem, when peo­ple con­trib­ute, we can quickly and ac­cu­rately gauge the de­sire for and against and ini­ti­ate a re­sponse based on a demo­cratic man­date.

Within the first year I will en­gage ev­ery non-voter by mak­ing pol­i­tics easy to ac­cess and re­mov­ing the his­tor­i­cal tribal di­vides and bi­ases. We want to make the pub­lic aware of ser­vices that can show the vot­ing record of their MPs in sec­onds. With new tools we can elim­i­nate the ap­a­thy per­ceived by younger vot­ers and have an in­formed so­ci­ety mak­ing smart, quick de­ci­sions eas­ily and with­out bar­ri­ers.

Ul­ti­mately, I would like to see the gov.uk sys­tem in­te­grated into the open man­i­festo and elim­i­nate the need for rep­re­sen­ta­tives to travel, sav­ing money and al­low­ing them to un­der­stand bet­ter the needs of their con­stituents.

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