True Democracy gives you a voice…

‘Democracy’ comes from Greek for ‘people rule’. In the UK, we have democracy for just one day every five years, when we vote. Here at the dawn of the digital revolution, we can do better.

The people-powered future of politics

True Democracy is a tool to measure opinion and collect ideas from real people, helping Government make best-possible decisions in the public interest. More ideas and more opinion – harnessing the experience and brains of the nation – means we can create better solutions to the problems in our society.  Try it…

What is True Democracy?

An app* for your phone, tablet or computer. A politically neutral, not-for-profit, open source, online debating digital democracy tool. Wow, that sounds complicated, but it’s not at all!

  • Raise ideas, about anything, local or national
  • Vote on other peoples’ ideas. More popular, important ideas are evident.
  • Choose who to vote for  The system aligns your opinions with those of Parties and local candidates
What does it achieve?
  • A pool of great ideas from real people, with real experience
  • A live, daily referendum – a clear picture of what people think, want and need.
  • A country run in the interests of people, not politicians

* Use with your web browser on any device. Native apps are coming soon.

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• Compare your beliefs with a Party, election candidate, or the rest of the country…

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How will True Democracy get to Parliament?

• Show True Democracy to your MP.  Ask them to represent popular constituent views.

• Ask your Party, MP or candidate to take part in True Democracy, anonymously at first if they prefer.

• Vote for a Party or candidate who will adhere to public opinion. This is usually an independent.

What’s next?

Take part! Get started…

Or, if you need to be somewhere else right now, fill in your details and we’ll stay in touch.layouts-on-iphone

From "So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish", by Douglas Adams

“It comes from a very ancient democracy, you see..."
"You mean, it comes from a world of lizards?"
"No," said Ford, who by this time was a little more rational and coherent than he had been, having finally had the coffee forced down him, "nothing so simple. Nothing anything like so straightforward. On its world, the people are people. The leaders are lizards. The people hate the lizards and the lizards rule the people."
"Odd," said Arthur, "I thought you said it was a democracy."
"I did," said Ford. "It is."
"So," said Arthur, hoping he wasn't sounding ridiculously obtuse, "why don't people get rid of the lizards?"
"It honestly doesn't occur to them," said Ford. "They've all got the vote, so they all pretty much assume that the government they've voted in more or less approximates to the government they want."
"You mean they actually vote for the lizards?"
"Oh yes," said Ford with a shrug, "of course."
"But," said Arthur, going for the big one again, "why?"
"Because if they didn't vote for a lizard," said Ford, "the wrong lizard might get in. Got any gin?"
"What?"
"I said," said Ford, with an increasing air of urgency creeping into his voice, "have you got any gin?"
"I'll look. Tell me about the lizards."
Ford shrugged again.
"Some people say that the lizards are the best thing that ever happenned to them," he said. "They're completely wrong of course, completely and utterly wrong, but someone's got to say it."
"But that's terrible," said Arthur.
"Listen, bud," said Ford, "if I had one Altairian dollar for every time I heard one bit of the Universe look at another bit of the Universe and say 'That's terrible' I wouldn't be sitting here like a lemon looking for a gin.”
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Promises promises...
www.newstatesman.com/politics/2014/02/camerons-abandonment-right-recall-shows-death-new-politics
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The best party Political Broadcast EVER from the 'Best Party'... meet the comedian who knows politics doesn't have to be dry. Elected as Mayor of Rekyavic, he goes on to save Iceland from from political and financial catastrophe...
www.youtube.com/watch?v=xxBW4mPzv6E

More about Jón Gnarr : www.theguardian.com/world/2013/apr/25/reykjavik-mayor-digital-democracy
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The maiden speech of 21 year old Mhairi Black MP. Awesome... ...

The Scottish National Party (SNP)'s Mhairi Black delivers a blow to George Osborne's budget in her maiden speech and said: "I am now the only 20 year old in the whole of the UK whom the chancellor is prepared to help with housing." Read more on the reaction: www.buzzfeed.com/emilyashton/back-in-black#.fy9nVDEEOg

Would YOU choose to borrow money like a breadline parent buying a Sky Sports subscription?
Brace yourself before reading...
www.debtbombshell.com
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www.youtube.com/watch?t=348&v=U4TI1dcI96I ...

Driving through Europe, there are fields and fields full of healthy solar panels and wind turbines... but here in the UK they want to drill for gas, potentially ruining people's lives and the countryside. We must do what is best for people and country - not big business. ...

If you've ever wondered what happens when our politicians say yes to dirty energy, here's your answer:

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A must watch... inspirational! These are things the population will choose when digital democracy comes of age. In the meantime, we must fight to make politicians listen and represent us. ...

Are you still on a post-election downer? It's time to stop moping and starting organising, says Owen Jones.

Some thoughts about the growth of social media and communication, and how that will affect the way we vote in the future...

People keep saying they voted for someone they didn't really want "to keep another party out"... We imagine that as social media and communication grows, voting will become more joined up, and this odd strategy will come to an end.

It maintains a Labour/Conservative dictatorship - not a democracy. We're not hearing a commitment from leaders to represent us.

These startling facts from Ofcom : particularly the last 2 paragraphs...

Younger internet users in the UK spent more than a day a week online on average last year (Ofcom) with adults surfing the net for more than 20 hours a week - 3.5h longer than in 2013.

People are now spending twice as much time online compared to 10 years ago, fuelled by use of tablets and smartphones. The rise was most marked in internet users aged 16-24, who now spend 27 hours and 36 minutes online.

Overall, the proportion of adults using the internet has risen by half — from six in 10 in 2005 to almost nine in 10 today.

14 per cent of adults in the UK still do not use the internet — a figure that has remained stable since 2013. Six in 10 of these are aged over 65, and half are from poorer households.

The use of social media has tripled since 2007 and nearly three quarters of adult internet users now have a social media profile, compared with less than a fifth in 2007.

Responding to what some have called the “social media election”, more internet users told Ofcom that they visit political or campaigning websites, rising from 19 per cent in 2005 to 44 per cent in 2014. Ofcom polled 1,890 adults aged 16 and over for the research.
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We very much like the sound of this lady... ...

What Russell Brand is saying makes lots of sense - except about not voting. Our VOTE, twice a decade, is the ONE WAY that we can do something that makes a difference. If we don't vote, there's no point complaining about the result. We say forget tactics - vote for who or what you believe in. ...

Time passes outcry dies down... What things stick in your mind that Governments have done against the public interest? ...

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A page that could change the world...

• A new generation of people-powered politics
• Making politicians keep their promises
• Harnessing ideas and opinion of real people to do things better
• A new breed of politician, whose job is to reflect public interest.

I believe that digital democracy will put the Great back into Britain... reduce poverty and the gap between super rich and poor, even lead to world peace. People would make choices that politicians do not.

Please like and share!
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How about a promise to represent people's views and listen to their ideas, Prime Minister, using an app. The app will preserve your election proposals to help you keep to them for term. www.truedemocracy.uk ...

What our five year tax lock means for you.

Just a minute in Abbey Fields, Kenilworth... www.truedemocracy.uk creator Jon Foster-Smith is standing for Parliament for Kenilworth and Southam, to take Digital Democracy to Parliament. ...

She sums it up brilliantly... ...

My speech at Young Vic Theatre tonight

This lady talks LOTS of sense, and confirms our belief that digital democracy is coming soon... Bermondsey and Old Southwark - you know what to do... VOTE for Lucy! ...

True Democracy shared Common Decency's photo. ...

The Secret of Change Is to Focus All of Your Energy, Not on Fighting the Old, But on Building the New. Choose your candidate carefully, will they build for you. "No vote is wasted - No seat is safe - Vote May 7th" www.commondecency.org.uk / #commondecency

True Democracy shared Common Decency's photo. ...

Last chance to register - at midnight you turn into a non-voter whether you like it or not. PLEASE SHARE EVERYWHERE! "No vote is wasted - No seat is safe - Vote May 7th" www.commondecency.org.uk / #commondecency

Jon Foster-Smith is standing for Parliament for Kenilworth and Southam. His policies will be driven by public ideas and opinion collected by his app www.truedemocracy.uk... ...

True Democracy shared Paw Protectors Rescue's photo. ...

West African Black Rhino officially declared extinct!!

Wonderful! On so many levels. All the main parties, worn out.... If you are thinking of standing for Parliament in May and are disillusioned with the choices, you have until 9th April to register. True Democracy, is now a registered party, standing in Kenilworth and Southam, and using the internet to represent people better. We would be pleased to hear from you and support you if you're ready for a change, have an inkling you could do it better, and are thinking about standing for election... ...

The main parties get a rough ride in this nihilist election rap ... but it's still bloody hilarious:

True Democracy shared a link. ...

A fascinating TED talk from Pia Mancini of Argentina's DemocracyOS
youtu.be/NXfYNdapq3Q
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We're here today for the debate on the digital democracy report from the speakers commission ...

A voice for you. An ear for MPs. Let's not just talk about digital democracy. Let's build it. ...

We're SERIOUSLY excited to be working with Coventry University's The Serious Games Institute on the first design and build of the True Democracy app.

This is the next building block in an app to change this crazy system, to give people a voice and leaders an ear.

Please like this page to follow development.
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We've hit at an all time political low and falling... The Hansard Society say fewer people than ever will vote next year. In short we're pissed off and we don't have a voice, so we put our fingers in our ears.

If you're ready for a change, then please LIKE this page, and SHARE it for your friends to do the same.

True Democracy is a new app coming soon. A realtime referendum that gives you a voice for your ideas, and lets you vote on everyone else's. It's quick and easy to use, and you'll be able to see how closely your MP or your Party represents your views and interests.

With enough of us watching, and clear voice of millions of people, our leaders will have to start listening to direct democracy.

More information about how it works here:
www.timetoshine.co.uk/true-democracy-proposal.pdf
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a talk about liquid democracy from Micah Daigle of Collective Agency, thanks to Nicky Guy ...

Thanks to Joanna for this.. ...

An elite team of digital experts has sparked a radical shakeup in the way the government does its business

This is an early prototype.. it needs lots of thought - a button for people to drill down to facts and statistics - other people's opinions should be visible after you have expressed your own. You can still change your mind... ...