Petition: Give us a democratically accountable overseer of government

With no established mechanism for the public to withdraw power from the monarch, we have no democratically accountable ultimate authority able to arbitrate when there is conflict between different branches of government. In a mature society, the head of state must have a democratic mandate.

To give the monarch an indirect mandate from the public, we ask that Parliament require the appointment of a directly elected official (with an appropriate recall mechanism, to ensure constant accountability) with no power except:

a) authority to call a referendum on replacing the reigning monarch, according to laws of succession approved by Parliament; and

b) access to, and authority to make public, all information necessary to effectively oversee the operation of government.

The text of this petition has been provisionally approved but is waiting for five sponsors’ signatures before it can be published. Please click the button below to sign (but be aware that your signature won’t be counted until you’ve clicked the link in the confirmatory email they send you).

This is one of a number of constitutional reform petitions I’ve started. Please also look at the others and sign any that you agree with. (Link opens in a new tab)


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