David Cameron (Daily Telegraph 25 April 2007) leader of the Conservatives says similar things: we need a new ‘revolution in responsibility’ and puts a simple test for new legislation: ‘does it give people more responsibility, or does it take responsibility away from them?’
Miliband talks of ‘different government institutions’ and ‘a genuine partnership … between government power and citizen power’ for his ‘I can’ theme. Cameron talks of’ a mindset in which government treats its citzens like adults, to be trusted and respected’.
Will any of this result in anything very different? Will any party trust the citizen enough to establish a non-means-tested Citizen’s Royalty for all? A new institution for organising such a payment would, as the Royalty increased, effectively shift power to citizens so that many of the old statist institutions could shrink and wither. People would increasingly become empowered. The two Davids could usefully study The Free Lunch for some ideas of how their similar aims might be realised.
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