Pickled Politics

  • Family

    • Clairwil
    • Daily Rhino
    • Leon Green
    • Sajini W
    • Sid's blog
    • Sonia Afroz
    • Sunny on CIF
  • Comrades

    • Aqoul
    • Big Sticks, Small Carrots
    • Blairwatch
    • Bloggerheads
    • Blood & Treasure
    • Butterflies & Wheels
    • Catalyst magazine
    • Chicken Yoghurt
    • Clive Davis
    • Daily Mail Watch
    • Dave Hill
    • Derek Wall
    • Dr StrangeLove
    • Europhobia
    • Faith in Society
    • Feministing
    • Harry's Place
    • Indigo Jo
    • Liberal England
    • Liberal Review
    • Matt Murrell
    • MediaWatchWatch
    • Ministry of Truth
    • Natalie Bennett
    • New Humanist Editor
    • New Statesman blogs
    • open Democracy
    • Robert Sharp
    • Rupa Huq
    • Septicisle
    • Shiraz Socialist
    • Shuggy's Blog
    • Stumbling and Mumbling
    • Tasneem Khalil
    • The Other India
    • Tim Worstall
    • UK Polling Report
  • In-laws

    • Desi Pundit
    • Incurable Hippie
    • Isheeta
    • Neha Viswanathan
    • Power of Choice
    • Real man's fraternity
    • Route 79
    • Sakshi Juneja
    • Sepia Mutiny
    • Smalltown Scribbles
    • Sonia Faleiro
    • Turban Head
    • Ultrabrown

  • Site Meter

    Technorati: graph / links

    Saira Khan demands more democracy

    by Leon on 4th September, 2006 at 12:15 pm    

    I have to say I’m not the biggest fan of The Apprentice but have watched it a few times here and there. Runner up Saira Khan seems to be trying real hard to make a TV career post appearing on the show. I’m not sure that’s a good thing, she irritates the hell out of me, no idea why, I think it’s her voice.

    Anyway, her latest venture is democracy; I’m all about democracy, so I find the ‘Our Say’ campaign very interesting…

    Former The Apprentice contestant Saira Khan is launching a campaign to give people a greater say on major issues through the use of referendums. Her campaign, entitled Our Say, aims to give the public “a direct say over the issues that really matter to them”.

    A poll would be triggered by a petition supported by 2.5% of voters, which is 1m people nationally or 4,000 locally. Ms Khan insisted: “Politicians have to get serious about sharing power with the people.” [Via BBC news]

    Well said, and a good idea to my mind. The idea is fairly well thought out too; by combining it with yearly elections in May it avoids ‘voter fatigue’. The involvment of the Electoral Commission in verification of signatures will allay those who fear corruption or fraud. More democracy is a good thing if thought out and implemented well.

    Kudos to Ms Khan for backing this campaign here’s hoping it succeeds in its aims.

    Print this page and comments   |     |   Add to del.icio.us   |   Share on Facebook   |   Filed in: Current affairs

    21 Comments below   |  

    1. SajiniW — on 4th September, 2006 at 12:18 pm  

      Irritating as she is, Saira rarely backs a loser. I wish her more luck than I did Jimmy Goldsmith.

    2. Kismet Hardy — on 4th September, 2006 at 12:30 pm  

      Did you know democracy comes from the latin demi and the greek for autocracy?

      Of course you didn’t because I just made that up

      But I like it. I’m calling my new band Demi-cracy.

      Ooh ooh, or even Demo-crazy.


      That’s fucking amazing.

      I’m happy about this

    3. Kismet Hardy — on 4th September, 2006 at 12:33 pm  

      Demo crazy


      I’m patenting this


    4. Leon — on 4th September, 2006 at 12:34 pm  

      Kismet signs his approval? Wayhey! This looks like a winner for sure.:D

    5. Kismet Hardy — on 4th September, 2006 at 12:34 pm  

      Shine on you crazy demo

      Ha ha ha ha

      oh happy day

    6. Kismet Hardy — on 4th September, 2006 at 12:35 pm  

      Leon do you want to be in my band? It’s called DemoCrazy™

      You can play guitar. Or any other instrument that I can’t play, which could be any of them.

      We need groupies

    7. AsifB — on 4th September, 2006 at 12:40 pm  

      Leon - the reason Saira’s voice irritates is the rather laboured way in which she talked to people on the show (though less so since becoming famous). She seemed to assume that saying one syllable AT-A - TIME - would make people take her more seriously.

      Citizens initiatives tend to lead to one extreme or another of legalise dope/expel outsider/ slash all taxes type of referendum. If it forces political parties to be more responsive it may be a good thing - but then so would Compulsory Voting provided it had a None of the Above feature - so if NOTA won, the losers would be prevented from standing for 6 months (or something)

    8. Kismet Hardy — on 4th September, 2006 at 12:43 pm  

      Who’s saira khan? Can she sing? We need a female singer

    9. AsifB — on 4th September, 2006 at 12:53 pm  

      no. 8 Kismet- you’ll be telling me you’ve never heard of Steve Irwin next - may he RIP

      Muslims have plenty of female singers (mullahs permitting) - When in doubt, do what I do and consult Robert Plant - Om Kalsoun http://www.guardian.co.uk/friday_review/story/0,,736611,00.html (14 June 2002)

      ” Plant stops to reflect on the dusky genius of the Egyptian singer Om Kalsoun. I admit that I have never heard of her. “She is the most played artist on the planet,” he informs me. “When she died in the 70s she had a bigger funeral procession than President Nasser. Get off a plane between Gibraltar and the other side of India and you will hear her within three minutes. It’s classical highbrow pop. The blues has a lot of poignancy, but her music is all about lost love and it has the poetry of The Rubaiyat of Omar Khyyam. In Egypt they call her the Lady.”

    10. Rakhee — on 4th September, 2006 at 12:54 pm  

      Kismet, you could invite Miss UK to be part of your band - not sure if she can sing but she’s piped up about muslims recently and we all know you love fit women. *pauses for thought* In fact, any women with a heartbeat…;)

    11. Kismet Hardy — on 4th September, 2006 at 1:00 pm  

      Ponce alert:

      I have saira khan AND hamassa’s mobile numbers logged on my phone

      It’s true, it’s true, ask sunny

      it’s true

    12. Rakhee — on 4th September, 2006 at 1:22 pm  

      Oh my god. You’re one of those celebrity phone hackers aren’t you..??!!


    13. Bert Preast — on 4th September, 2006 at 1:22 pm  

      Hmm. Sounds good, but a shame that you can only vote annually. Shame we can’t set something up using the internet, but I suppose you couldn’t be sure it wasn’t rigged without a hugely regulated internet and I don’t want that.

      I expect this will get a lot of support from people thinking “yeah, we could’ve stopped the invasion of Iraq” but if you’re voting annually then most such foreign policy decisions can’t afford to wait.

    14. Leon — on 4th September, 2006 at 1:27 pm  

      I reckon this would get as much support from the right as the anti war lobby. Think Europe and you’ll see what I mean.

      Regard FP, good point but this could in effect to force the decision to go to war to be voted on by MPs or enforce more adherence to the UN etc.

      I’m sure there are plenty of reactionary types who might like this too (BNP; lets petition to stop immigration, HuT: lets petition to introduce Sharia law)…

    15. Amit — on 4th September, 2006 at 1:32 pm  

      Crickey, she’s everywhere at the moment…she was on bbc breaky this morning promoting her other new program about overcoming anger and stress! She’s obviously doing something right, more power to her!

    16. Leon — on 4th September, 2006 at 1:45 pm  

      Yeah I saw that too, hence my comment about trying to make a career on TV in the OP. She’s trying real hard to make a name for herself, not much wrong with that, problem is too much may turn people off.

    17. Robert — on 4th September, 2006 at 3:42 pm  

      Much as the current political system frustrates me, I feel bound to put its case here. Leon has already highlighted some of the pitfalls.

      The direct democracy as advocated by Saira Khan looks attractive to us now, primarily because we feel rather disenfranchised by a government that has ignored our views.

      However, what guarantee would we have that the items put before the public in referenda would not all be populist and isolationist? I worry that this wouldn’t give any more power to da people. Just more power to the newspapers. The ‘campaigns’ launched by the tabloids are nauseating, sanctimonius clap-trap already. Can you imagine how they would behave if there was a way to automatically trigger a referendum? The first vote would likely be something like “shall we execute terrorists?” which is not likely to make anyone feel more enfranchised.

    18. Sunny — on 4th September, 2006 at 3:52 pm  

      So what’s wrong with a few populist decisions? I think there is an element of looking down on people, assuming they’ll automatically make silly decisions or run silly campaigns. That may be the case but I think it might also be that people have a debate about issues close to them and exercise that vote.

      I’d like to see what happens. I have faith in people. To a degree.

    19. Leon — on 4th September, 2006 at 3:54 pm  

      Indeed, another thing you could argue though is that these tabloid ‘campaigns’ are effective because people lack power in the political sphere.

    20. soru — on 4th September, 2006 at 4:19 pm  

      How is voting in a referendum power?

      I would see it more as handing power to the current leader, which they then get to use against judges, journalists, or anyone else who opposes them.

      Really not much different than the way opinion polls are used currently - after all, I think Blair has gone against opinion polls precisely once in his whole time in office.

    21. Leon — on 5th September, 2006 at 10:00 am  

      How is voting in a referendum power?

      Did you not read the news piece linked to or view the Our Say website?

    Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.

    Pickled Politics © Copyright 2005 - 2007. All rights reserved. Terms and conditions.
    With the help of PHP and Wordpress.