About the author
David Kauders FRSA was educated at Latymer Upper School, Jesus College Cambridge and Cranfield School of Management. He is an investment manager.
Reinventing Democracy: Improving British political governance
90% of electors want political reform. But how to escape the mess? Britain should adopt a federal structure with a written constitution and an elected apolitical People's Council replacing autocratic and ineffective bodies.
This book project grew out of a series of private meetings, notably one that exposed the hidden costs of the Private Finance Initiative in 2002, an examination of federalism in 2015, and an investigation into Brexit paralysis in 2017.
Growing concern about the relative economic deterioration of the United Kingdom led to realisation that the system of political governance is probably an unrecognised cause of British decline. Events over the last few years have provided a fertile supply of examples. All that was needed was some original thought, but nobody seemed to be facing facts. Hence this book.
The current table of contents appears below but may be revised before publication.
At the centre of these ideas lie four major concepts:
There is much more waiting for you to discover.
Preliminary publication information
All subject to change
Printed book: 9781907230202 Hardcover without dust jacket, £24, 240 pages, 234 x 156 mm
Ebook: 9781907230226 E-pub, 99p (UK only, until end-2024 then £4.99), €4,99, USD 5.99
Publication date: 4th June 2024 (unless there is an early general election)
This title will be available for pre-orders early in 2024. It cannot be ordered at present.
Table of contents (as at 29th November 2023)
Summary of principal concepts
1 A country that has lost its way
Britain and Europe
What rights do you have?
What does the future hold?
2 Major UK policy failures
The seven major mistakes
The cumulative effect of policy failures
Measures of living standards
The UK retail energy market
3 The case for constitutional change
What makes a society successful?
The dead end of political evolution
The road to British serfdom
Closing ranks against the truth
The democratic deficit
Broader economic issues
Linking the issues
4 Outline of a solution
Learning from the gross mistake
Compete, compromise, cooperate, consult
The numerical dominance of England
Central or local? Who pays the piper?
Artificial intelligence and the tech industries
5 The People’s Council
Functions of the People’s Council
Organisations forming the British state
Requests for referendums
Listening to the people
The facts hub
The constitutional Court
Legislative mandates and venues
The People's Assent
Choosing and refreshing the People’s Council
1 The regulated group
2 The general group
3 The sortition group
Leadership, building expertise, team work
6 The new governments
Levels of governance and oversight
United Kingdom responsibilities
England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Overseas territories
The need for change
Revenue and borrowing
United Kingdom government revenue
Revenues of England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland
Revenue sources for the regions
Pensions, health care costs and social security
Other changes that are needed
7 How change could be achieved
Scotland and Wales
Interpretation of preliminary results
Adopting the new constitution
8 First draft constitution of the United Kingdom
The draft constitution
Overseas territories of the United Kingdom
The state and the citizen
Relations between the arms of government; financial equalisation; legal relations
Military, security, police, emergency services
Culture, education, religion, charters
Essential services and infrastructure
Government accounts; the national debt; taxation
Business, the economy, common regulation and standards
Pensions and benefits
Elections to parliaments and local authorities
The People’s Council
Membership of the People’s Council
Entry into force
Changes to this Constitution
Further transitional provisions
The Constitutional Court
Appendix A: The Private Finance Initiative (PFI)
Appendix B: Rights