A Britain based on local and regional People’s Assemblies would aim to democratise society as a whole in new ways:
Co-ownership of resources. The key areas of the production and financial process, including land, would transfer from private shareholder ownership into forms of co-ownership. These resources would be held in trust by locally-elected bodies and placed under democratic control.
The workplace. All workers should have the right to democracy at work, whether in a factory, hospital call centre, in public transport, civil service, local government, offices, shops, schools, colleges or university. All major decisions would require the consent of the workforce. Self-management would be encouraged in place of hierarchies.
Education. School, college and university students and staff should get the right to take part in the running of their institutions.
The principles for a transitional democratic state could include:
- self-organisation throughout society where possible
- involving as many people as possible in governing and administration
- an end to special privileges and incomes for state officials
- total accountability and subordination of all officials to elected bodies
- elections for all public offices
- complete transparency and openness at all levels
- new legal and justice systems based on community control and self-policing.
Rights to liberty and freedom from arbitrary arrest will be reaffirmed in unconditional and positive terms in a Bill of Rights. There would be explicit rights to:
- Habeas Corpus, requiring people arrested to be brought to court and charged or released immediately
- free and equal legal representation
- freedom from state surveillance and interception of communications
- inspect freely all data held by the state and other bodies
- organise, associate, demonstrate and strike independently of the state
- free movement of people based on ‘no borders’ principles.
A new constitution would enshrine enforceable rights in a charter. They should include:
- decent housing at affordable cost for everyone
- free education for students at all ages; The right to free continuing education and training
- employment for those who can work and average pay for those who cannot
- the right to co-operative ownership and self-management
- the right to democracy in all areas/activities of the workplace
- equal pay and job opportunities for women; free child care for single parents
- free health care at all levels and types of treatment
- dignity in old age through pension provision at average income, and free care
- safe and nutritious food at affordable prices
- the right of minority communities to equality in all areas
- the right to live in an environment shaped by ecological care and basic human needs
- affordable access to cultural and personal development opportunities
- the right of all communities to continuity of culture, traditions and habitat.