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Wednesday, 10 March 2010

British unrest

The Jury team in England is pushing for mass independent MPs to be elected on a foundation of referendums. Change can happen... even in Mother England!

Step Forward or Stop Complaining

I am writing to let you know about the Jury Team's ( progress.

Last weekend we launched our general election campaign. We had advertisements in newspapers and magazines with a circulation of more than 5 million and a readership of more than double that number (see

Are you happy with the current political parties and politicians? If not then now is the time to stand up and be counted. Step forward and make a difference or stop complaining. If the turkeys (the current MP's and political class) won't vote for us, we need to change the turkeys. Go to to sign up as a candidate to be an MP to challenge the politicians you dislike (or even despise).

The British people are fed up with their politicians. The Jury Team is working for the people that the politicians have ignored. We want to give back to people their pride in their country and its institutions. We will let them become the ultimate jury. We can make this country a better place for ourselves and our children. Please help us to do so.

We know that on many issues the current political parties are too weak to provide what the majority of people want. We have a number of key Proposals which the electorate would vote for if they were allowed to. We want to give them that democratic right

The Jury Team advertisements ask whether the British people should have the right to vote on the Jury Team Proposals:

Staying in or leaving the European Union
Setting up an English Parliament for English matters
Reducing the number of MPs by a third (from 650 to 433)
Changing Commons elections to proportional representation
Requiring referendums on petition by 5% of the electorate
Limiting government borrowing to 10% of expenditure
Protecting bank customer deposits from casino banking
Limiting benefits to 80% of the after tax minimum wage
Sentencing violent criminals to 'army style' punishment
Limiting UK troops in Afghanistan to the NATO average

We know from our YouGov polling that all of these policies are very strongly supported by the British people. However we would also like to know whether you think that the electorate should be allowed to vote on whether these Proposals become law.

Go to to see the details of our Proposals. If you like the idea of the people having the right to vote on the Proposals, become a candidate for the Jury Team or support us in some other way. Sign up on the website.

We are now inviting principled and independent people with a decent career record to become candidates to be MPs. We will help good candidates to get elected. When elected you will vote for the Jury Team's Proposals but on the basis that these will not become binding until agreed by an authorising referendum. You will otherwise be free to use your best judgment in voting on behalf of the country and your constituents. No party whips.

We are now providing you with an opportunity to make a difference. Please take it. If you cannot become a candidate you can still help. Go to and join up or make a donation. Tell your friends about the Jury Team. Forward this email to all of your contacts and colleagues.

Your country needs you to do something (or stop complaining that it is someone else's fault).

Yours very sincerely

The Jury Team


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I think Jury Team are a national organisation - i.e. UK wide and cover England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

They aren't just English.