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Peter Emerson, the child of an Irish Protestant father and an English Catholic mother, describes himself as “a political bastard”. He says: “Politics, after all, is either-or… majoritarian politics that is. A plural democracy, however, should allow for a plurality of ideas, both in debate and on the ballot paper!”
In 1985, outside Belfast City Hall, Paisley shouted “Ulster says NO!” So one week later, Peter and a few friends stood at the same spot, in silence, with a banner: “We have got to say ‘yes’ to something.” Find out more in Peter’s Consensus Voting workshop.
Peter’s latest work is “From Majority Rule to Inclusive Politics”.
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This idea came from Peter’s workshop at Notwestminster 2016, in response to one of our Design Challenges for Local Democracy, which were crowdsourced from our Notwestminster network. The challenge is:
Inclusive democracy: Everyone has the right to participate in local democracy and yet many have barriers placed in their way whether because of age, social class, poor health, impairment, disability or other reasons. How can we ensure that all local democratic activities provide a fair chance for everyone to participate?