November 27th, 2013

Carswell Victory: Blueprint For “Parliament 2.0″

Guido has always been a firm believer in Douglas Carswell’s prophecy that the “birth of iDemocracy” is key to rolling back the state:

“The West’s Big Government model is bust, things are going to have to change. It is on the cusp of dramatic changes driven by the failure of her elites, technology and maths. At the precise moment Big Government becomes unaffordable, the internet revolution makes it possible to do without it. Be optimistic. We are going to be able to manage without government – and thrive. The old political and economic order is about to give way to something vastly better.”

Well that prediction is a step closer to coming true today as the Speaker announces a Commission on Digital Democracy, with the aim of “creating a Parliament version 2.0″. It will report in 2015, Parliament’s 750th birthday, looking at how countries such as Estonia have enhanced democracy through internet voting and citizen engagement in parliamentary activity. Given that it was Carswell who knifed the last Speaker, could Bercow be trying to keep him sweet as knives are sharpened?


  1. 1
    dai optimistically says:

    live in hope

    wash with soap

  2. 2
    Free beer tomorrow says:

    I’d like a referendum on everything, as in Switzerland.
    And a flat tax, 10% with at least £10,000 tax free pay.

  3. 3
    Ex Tory Longterm Supporter says:

    Never mind the cocky little squeaker, it’s the bastard Cameron who needs a stiletto between the ribs asap.

  4. 4
    altruism in industry says:

    that will mean identity smart cards.

  5. 5

    The only reason our services are bust is because most of the money collected in tax to pay for them is given away to Brussels

  6. 6
    Incapable Vince, deputy Chief Cockroach says:

    Wait till I slam you with my Homes Mansion Tax in 2015.

  7. 7
    Ed Dafty, LimpDim MP, Climate Change Chieftain says:

    Gangway !! My Carbon Taxes are more important.

  8. 8
    JR says:

    I read the “birth of iDemocracy” and it is exactly what this country needs in many ways. Gets rid of lots of wasters who do the Uni/Intern/Spad/MP route.

  9. 9
    Romanian Goat says:

    My master and his many friends from the village are looking forward to “Britain 2.0″ which will go live on 1st January 2014.

    See you soon!

  10. 10
    Had enough says:

    Which EU Directive has resulted in the proposed formation of this commission? There will undoubtedly be one somewhere which we are meekly following. Just like HS2…

  11. 11
    Moohamid Ramadanadingdong says:

    “looking at how countries such as Estonia have enhanced democracy through internet voting and citizen engagement in parliamentary activity.”

    I am lookings forward to making many votes on behalf of all my wives and daughters and granddaughters and nieces, including all the ones are not even existing.

  12. 12
    Face Palm Pete says:

    “The birth of iDiot”, I’d say.

  13. 13
    Dimmy Dave is the worst Prime Minister ever ! says:

    “At the precise moment Big Government becomes unaffordable”

    Not least because Dimmy Dave insists on pissing-away £11billion every year on foreign aid, and £20 billion every year on EU membership.

  14. 14
    Brussels says:

    You are at risk of being seen as a ‘nasty country’.

    Send us more money.

  15. 15
    Ma­qboul says:

    Change the record you swivel eyed loon. You do Farage no favours.

  16. 16
    Ma­qboul says:

    Another opportunity for iPhiiddling for those phuckers.

  17. 17
    Dave Likes a Big One Up the Arse says:

    Will you have to confirm you want gay porn on it?

  18. 18
    Parliament 2.0 says:

    Your polling journey is as follows:

    The rich immigration experience has been beneficial for all communities in Britain. Would you like to increase immigration by (a) many or (b) very many? Click YES to vote.

    Green taxes are saving the world. Would you like green taxes to be increased by (a) lots or (b) lots and lots? Click YES to vote.

  19. 19

    Carswell is on record as approving of Bercow’s performance as Speaker. Some time ago, mind you.

  20. 20
    Ma­qboul says:

    Yeah, before he got the job ;)

  21. 21
    David says:

    Alex Salmond’s referendum offers the Scots a choice between Westminster and McWestminster – no Democracy2.0 option there, then. Politicians won’t willingly offer the plebs© an option that makes the pols get off the gravy train.

  22. 22
    Dontvoteforanyofthem says:

    It will mean that we can never ever trust the result of an election ever again. There will be no possible traceability. Once you have cast an electronic vote, there is no way to know if the computer has captured that vote, switched it, doubled it or descarded it entirely.

    from the moment electronic voting is implemented, we will have completely lost any form of representitive democracy and allowed those who own the counting software to decide who becomes our EU rubberstampers.

    If this happens whilst I still draw breath, I will have witnessed in my lifetime, my country going from being a free, sovereign, independent democratic nation, to being a corrupt, rigged rubber-stamping puppet of a foriegn oligarchy. All without a shot being fired in anger.

    It makes me want to weep.

  23. 23
    The LibDemon party says:

    YES to all the above.

  24. 24
    Asslick Almond says:

    All my financial calculations have been checked by the Rev Paul Flowers.

  25. 25
    Dontvoteforanyofthem says:

    Even if all options were available, (Yes, No, Don’t Know), they would have two database tables, one counting the total number of votes, the other storing votes as the machine has been programmed to accept them. Then the machine could be programmed to switch every 3rd vote to another preferred option. They could run the counting software on one table, and the totals on the other and declare that the tallies are valid. Hey presto a stolen election.

    This is what actually has happened on Diebold election machines in the USA.

    You will not even have to be in the room to steal an election.

  26. 26
    Ballot paper stuffer in Lahore says:

    Oh good, I can do all the votes over the internet, no more having to stuff envelopes and post them to Britain.

  27. 27
    Disgusted says:

    Do try to keep up, sadly you have already – “witnessed in my lifetime, my country going from being a free, sovereign, independent democratic nation, to being a corrupt, rigged rubber-stamping puppet of a foreign oligarchy. All without a shot being fired in anger.”

  28. 28
    Dontvoteforanyofthem says:

    Electronic voting makes vote rigging far far too easy, and they can ensure that vote rigging is undetectable.

    Unless there is a paper receipt, which the voter and the polling station retains, so that results can be independently counted and verified, electronic voting should never even be given a second’s consideration.

    Taking electronic voting an insane step further, to consider internet voting is such a ridiculously idiotic idea, that anyone who proposes it, should be locked up, for our collective safety.

  29. 29
    Maximus says:

    1986 Philippines Yellow Revolution
    2003 Georgia Rose Revolution
    2004 Ukraine Orange Revolution
    2005 Kyrgyzstan Tulip Revolution

    ???? UK Lemon Revolution

  30. 30
    Dontvoteforanyofthem says:

    Not yet. We still have a mechanism for throwing out the corrupt puppets of the EU. We have some (dodgy and imperfect) representitive democracy through a general election in whch votes can be tracked and validated.

    This means that we still have elections in which UKIP have a theoretical, (albeit ludicrously small) chance of winning and saving this country.

    With electronic voting, all hope is finally lost completely.

  31. 31
    Dave Bowman says:

    When asked, 10 out of 10 HAL 9000 computers thought this was a good thing.

  32. 32
    RED ED - SON OF BROWN says:

    I’m in favour of internet voting.

  33. 33
    Dontvoteforanyofthem says:

    I fail to see how one could do Farage any favours by praising Cameron.

  34. 34
    Alex Salmond says:

    If ah fail in ma referendum ah can always fall back on playing the lead in “Shrek the musical”

  35. 35
    Dontvoteforanyofthem says:

    Pansy revolution more like. Or apathetic revolu…. oh I can’t be arsed…

  36. 36
    HAL 9000 Arithmetic unit says:

    But the other 4 said nothing, Dave.

  37. 37
    (Not so)Dangerous Brian says:

    You are now at risk of being seen as an even nastier country, to rectify this send even more money, NOW!

  38. 38
    Nigel Farage doppelganger says:

    I love gay porn i like to keep up with what our MPS are up to

  39. 39
    Shooty* says:

    Shall we just cut out the middleman and bring in the kaliphate right now, with extra death for everyone?

  40. 40
    Jabba Le Chat says:

    We have a large spit roast and box of crab apples to welcome you with…

  41. 41
    Jabba Le Chat says:

    Don’t forget Carswell voted for press censorship, so he’s not to be trusted, just like his mate Myrtle…

  42. 42
    Charlie says:

    Simples, any sign of vote riggings and all candidates are publically flogged: 20 lashes with cat of nine tails should do the trick.

    What made the Royal Navy was Admiral Byng being executed for being inadequate.

    The romans were also very direct with dealing with failure.
    1. When some Romans had been captured by Hannibal and he offered to ransom them . Those who had fought inadequately , the Romans declined to pay as they had tarnished the fighting reputation of the City and they became salves.
    2. Those who had fought but allowed themselves to be caught but the Romans considered had fought were ransomed. However, in the next battle the former captives were put in the front line in order to prove their fighting prowess.
    3. When units had been inadequate they were decimated , every 10 th soldier was killed.

    Appears to me that Britain used to understand how to deal with failure at the top and certainly the Romans did.

  43. 43
    aka says:

    Go long on Diebold NYSE:DBD

  44. 44
    f#ck of# says:

    fuck off

  45. 45
    FUEUSSR says:

    So is this the post Democratic society

  46. 46
    Leige Asper says:

    Carswell blocked me on Twitter, simply because I said I said that I thought MPs were troughing, thieving, self-aggrandising corrupt Huntz. He doesn’t like criticism, I’m afraid.

  47. 47
    Mrs Havisham says:

    Yes. Agree. The elites could do as they wished. Fraud would be vast. Far better to abolish postal voting. If people don’t care enough to go to the polling station, then they don’t care enough and will have to accept whatever we vote in.

  48. 48
    Tom Catesby. says:

    let’s be ‘nasty’!

  49. 49
    cruelty to your animals says:

    Will do you either for neglecting your animals unattended back home; or cruelty for bring them with you.

  50. 50
    wonkotsane says:

    But still no English Parliament. The racist British deny democracy for 50m English people and pontificate about democracy around the word.

  51. 51
    Anonymous says:

    Carswell voted with Dave on Syria. Having said he wouldn’t dream of doing so. Why the last minute volte face?

  52. 52
    (That's enough Eds, Ed!) says:

    “What do you think you’re doing, Dave?”

  53. 53
    (That's enough Eds, Ed!) says:

    Not impressed by Carswell. He’s like Hannan; all talk and no do!

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