Since the Democracy 2015 campaign was launched last Wednesday, some 660 people have indicated a willingness to participate - or, as they often put it, to help in some way. Many have observed that while the objectives are extremely ambitious, they are well worth working towards.
The age range of the respondents has been wide, from students to retired people and their occupations similarly varied, from nurses to engineers. A number of students have said that they want to promote the ideas through their university newspapers. The geographic distribution broadly follows the national pattern. Our single disappointment to date is that there has been an under-representation of women (23%).
There has also been a lot of activity in the social media. By last night, 15,300 people had seen our Facebook page. Many blogs have made comments and inevitably some of them have been hostile, accusing us of lack of realism. They don’t believe we can possibly achieve what we are setting out to do. Our point is that the only way to find out, is to get on with it.
We asked respondents which policy areas they considered most important. The top four were education, taxation, banking regulation and electoral reform. Through Twitter yesterday, we asked people to define democracy. One neat formulation was ‘Democracy, like freedom, is double edged but we must not be afraid to make it work. Honest representation for good or ill.’
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