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:

  1. The People's Council to replace the Privy Council, House of Lords, and some scrutiny functions of the present House of Commons.
  2. A federal structure, with sovereignty defined as sovereignty of the people of each nation instead of the Crown in parliament.
  3. Representation in United Kingdom-wide bodies to be determined according to the Fibonacci series, so that England can be outvoted by Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland combined, thereby preventing England treating the other nations as colonies.
  4. The book includes a draft written constitution, with the aim of putting citizens in control of government.

There is much more waiting for you to discover.

The author

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

Uncomfortable truths

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

Other failures

Closing ranks against the truth

The democratic deficit

Direct democracy

      Broader economic issues

Overseas territories

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?

International agreements

Artificial intelligence and the tech industries

      Judgement use

      Efficiency use

What else?

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

      Government borrowing

      User fees

      Wealth taxes

Pensions, health care costs and social security

Other changes that are needed

7  How change could be achieved


      Scotland and Wales

      Northern Ireland

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

The law

Social objectives

Relations between the arms of government; financial equalisation; legal relations

Foreign affairs

Military, security, police, emergency services

Culture, education, religion, charters

Essential services and infrastructure

Government accounts; the national debt; taxation

Health care

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