About The Author
The author of this illuminating and well-written book, which is addressed to the general reader as well as to the political academic, was brought up in Cheshire, educated at Trent College and then, following army service, at the University of London – BA History (1962), MA (1986), and M. Phil. (2008). He has had a career in teaching – both in grammar and secondary schools. He is currently Vice-President of his constituency association political party, and is married with three grown up children and seven grandchildren. He enjoys reading and visiting historic sites.
About The Book
This is a timely and important work in presenting pointers which could be significant in helping regenerate the sad state of British politics. This is not only a clearly written book, the arguments of which are supported by many reliable authorities, but more significantly, the author draws on his practical experience in the hard graft of contemporary political life.
British democracy is in the doldrums. Until the 2001 General Election voter turn-out since the end of the Second World War averaged 77%. However in 2001 it fell to 59%, and in 2005 it was a mere 61%.
This book demonstrates that one European country, namely Switzerland, has a direct citizen-based democratic structure which could at least in part be beneficially incorporated into our representative parliamentary system. The ideas of the author are clearly motivated by his own patriotism linked to a broader understanding of international institutions, and his proposals are designed to strengthen our democracy, not to denigrate it.
The book illustrates the essence of Swiss democratic methods in simple and clear language. It compares the relative significance of local government in both Britain and Switzerland. There are practical examples of how everyday issues are dealt with in both nations. Participating in the democratic process of our country, and seeking tangible results from our votes is the only sensible response in the face of national disillusionment.