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We have posted the following petition on the Change.org website: “We call on all MPs to put their party loyalties aside and form a Unity Government to best deal with the Brexit negotiations, austerity economics and terrorism.” It has already attracted several hundred votes.

Although presented as being in the national interest, it is not difficult to figure out whose interests are being protected by the Conservative / DUP agreement. Meanwhile, the Labour Party has scented blood and is plotting a “progressive alliance” to form the next government with Jeremy Corbyn as Prime Minister.

However, a much more equitable alliance could be implemented and it is one that would receive strong public support. Rather than political parties prostituting what little principles they have left to hang on to power, there could be a ‘Unity Government’ instead. MPs would simply commit to acting first and foremost in the national interest; something they claim to do in any event. Once sufficient MPs had given up the whip, the modus operandi of Parliament would naturally change with Ministers being appointed on a cross party basis. This has already been done with notable success in forming the various House of Commons committees.

The position of MPs reluctant to resign the whip would become untenable and a more effective and democratic system would emerge.

It has long been recognised that our political system is badly in need of reform, but little has changed. However, if we permit political parties to gerrymander elections to suit themselves, our political system will lose its remaining credibility.

A hall jam-packed with campaigners, the successful minority punching the air and cheering, does not make for a happy electorate or good governance. We now need government by consensus rather than confrontation with the electorate being split into competing camps. A House of Commons with all MPs working collectively for the common good would be a good start and something that all sides of the debate could develop and build on.

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    Independents are free to represent the desires and aspirations of the individual and their community, not fodder for a controlling tribal ideology via the chains and shackles of a national party political machine.

    Cllr Michael Guest, West Cumbrian Independents

    Why elect whipped MPs who cannot be recalled and are powerless when it matters most? Independents do it better.

    Joanne Welch

    Recall is a great idea. It should be for voters to decide when they have had enough of their MP.

    Matt Clements

    What we need is a rigorous selection process, run independently from the parties themselves, to ensure that parliamentary candidates are intelligent, have relevant experience of leadership and management, and are of sound character.

    Nigel Holder

    First class ideas, about time we saw some policies that will shake up the system.

    Bill Stockwell

    All strength to your arm. Are we sure that the current flock of MPs will understand true democracy when they experience it. They are such slaves of the current corrupt party system that I have genuine doubts that they will be able to survive the shock.

    Stephen Green