The film I have just done, 'Welcome to the Rebellion' was commissioned by XR. It gives context to XR's third ask: "Government must create and be led by the decisions of a Citizens’ Assembly on climate and ecological justice."
We British share a chequered political past with our Celtic neighbours across the Irish Sea. Aside from the real violence of colonisation and independence battles there’s the habitual looking down of noses pointed westwards. While Frome’s story is plenty well known to locals, Ireland’s almost certainly isn’t. This Saturday, in Frome’s Rye Bakery, offers a chance to learn more. The film 'When Citizens Assemble' will recount how financial crisis inspired Ireland to imagine other forms of democracy
What if our engagement in all politics began from a solid understanding of what "democracy" meant to the Ancient Greeks who invented it? We'd then be talking about government or rule by the people.
Not elections, or referendums, not political parties, not individual politicians and their ups and downs.
Those same Greeks used random selection of citizens and deliberation to get democracy, a bit like modern juries. They saw elections as oligarchic or aristocratic.
Fancy mulling that?