Pledging so as to get things done NOW!
Most politicians couldn't care less about our welfare - they only care about their comfortable seats and all the perks and pensions that go with the job at our expense - and that is where they are vulnerable to be made to serve US.
So, use your democratic right and demand that your parliamentary member does obey and serve us. This can be done by simply Pledging to vote against your sitting Member in the next elections if they don't obey you - NOW! Simply give them a short but realistic deadline to do what people want and pledge that if they don't implement what you demand within that time, no matter what happens, you will campaign against them in the next election! But be fair, warn the opposition parties that the same fate awaits them if the do not perform. Pledging should not favour a political party.
The four essential organisational necessities for effective pledging
1. Try to work with civic and incorporated organisations who have a legally protected structure.
2. Gather a core of good hard-working Initiators to establish the aims and organisational structure of the group
3. You need a central credible, respectable, uncomplicated, easily-accessed contact person and web site, and information pro-formas as below.
Contact me (Ray Smith) at <firstname.lastname@example.org> and I may be able to assist you to create sheets of ten 90 x 55mm badges like the ones below that you can print on your computer printer.
Proudly wear standard-sized badges like the badge shown below at all appropriate occasions, especially when you are in shopping malls and public places.
You can buy plastic card holder badges at most stationers or two-dollar shops.
Send emails (like the email that follows, filling in the red parts with your own words) to others who you think may also be willing to tell their parliamentary representatives that they are fed up with them not representing us.
Dear (person with similar views) We pay a lot of money to keep our local politician, (name of your Member of Parliament) to represent us and create policies and legislation that will benefit our community. However, instead,(s)he is supporting (state your issue, e.g. the five-billion dollar desalination plant Good planners and environmentalists recommend that instead, (state your reasons for your issue, e.g.) Dr Ashok Sharma, CSIRO Urban Water, Australia, states that Melbourne does not have enough water to meet anticipated population growth. So the government should not encourage a greater population if we don't have the resources. We ask you to join us in using our democratic right to make your parliamentary member serve us, by demanding that he/she enacts legislation as in the following petition.
We encourage you to proudly proclaim your aim and demands by wearing the badge that can be downloaded for printing by contacting your Pledging Initiator at (give initiator's email address).
Please support us by sending your consent by return email in the following form.
Dear (supporter's name) I support the campaign as described below to stop the construction of the desalination plant, and give permission to add my name and address.
(organiser's name, e.g.) Walter and Helen Hunt
(organiser's address, e.g.) 111 Sum Street Somewhere 3111
Send emails (like the email that follows) to your parliamentary representatives that they must represent us by implementing our demands without delay.
Print petitions for people to sign like the following.
Petition to our Parliamentary Representative, Mr, Ms, Mrs, Miss , (name of your Member of Parliament), like the following.
Dear , (name of your Member of Parliament)
We the undersigned are your constituents, for whom you have an obligation to serve, believe that you are not representing us in this issue. There is no doubt that (state the issue, and your reasons for your issue and if possible quote the respected authority supporting your cause
We demand that you and your colleagues: (State the issue, i.e.) Abandon the desalination plant idea (by a given date.
Before (give deadline, of about six weeks) we demand legislation to ensure that the desalination plant scheme be abandoned.
If you fail to do this, we pledge to actively campaign against your re-election [optional and your party] at the next elections, even though many of us believe that the other major party is not part of the solution.