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Examples of the exceptions

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A lot of people have asked me about the exceptions, and whether I can be more precise about them.  I don't think I can - the nature of politics is such that I can't know exactly what is going to come up - but I thought it might be useful or interesting to people if I supplied some examples.

Here is a list of civil liberties and political reform issues, stating when I would or wouldn't consider over-riding the website poll result with my own voting preference.  I copied the list of issues from the Power 2010 site - it's the shortlist they had open voting on, to come up with the Power 2010 pledge.

 

1. Introduce a proportional voting system

I would vote however my website users said I should vote on this issue.

Personally I am quite strongly in favour of this proposal.

 

2. Scrap ID cards and roll back the database state

I would vote in favour of these changes even if a majority of my website users were not in favour of these changes.

Personally I am very strongly in favour of this proposal.

 

3. A fully elected second chamber

I would vote however my website users said I should vote on this issue.

Personally I do not hold a strong opinion on this subject.

 

4. English votes on English laws

I would vote however my website users said I should vote on this issue.

Personally I'm mildly against this proposal.

 

5. A Written Constitution

I would probably vote in favour of this proposal even if my website users were against it (If I believed the proposed constitution to be well-worded).

Personally I am very strongly in favour of this proposal.

 

6. Fixed term parliaments

I would vote however my website users said I should vote on this issue.

Personally I am strongly in favour of this proposal.

 

7. Right to recall

I would vote however my website users said I should vote on this issue.

Personally I am very strongly in favour of this proposal.

 

8. "None of the Above" on ballot papers

I would vote however my website users said I should vote on this issue.

Personally I am strongly in favour of this proposal.

 

9. Expand the Freedom of Information Act

I would probably vote in favour of this even if my website users were against it.

Personally I am strongly in favour of this proposal.

 

10. Stronger local government

I would vote however my website users said I should vote on this issue.

Personally I am in favour of this proposal.

 

11. Transparent lobbying

I would vote in favour of this even if my website users were against it.

Personally I am very strongly in favour of this proposal.

 

12. Cap political donations

I would probably vote in favour of this even if my website users were against it.

Personally I am strongly in favour of this proposal.

 

13. More free votes in the Commons

I would vote in favour of this even if my website users were against it.

Personally I am very strongly in favour of this proposal.

 

14. Reduce the use of statutory instruments

I would vote in favour of this even if my website users were against it.
 
Personally I am very strongly in favour of this proposal.
 

15. Compulsory politics lessons in school

I would vote however my website users said I should vote on this issue.

Personally I am mildly in favour of this proposal.

 

16. Strengthen select committees

I would vote however my website users said I should vote on this issue.

Personally I am strongly in favour of this proposal.

 

17. Stop "revolving door" politics (ban ex-MPs from jobs related to their Parliamentary work)

I would vote however my website users said I should vote on this issue.

Personally I do not have a strong opinion on this proposal.

 

18. Hold a referendum on the euro

I would vote however my website users said I should vote.

Personally I'm in favour of referendums in general, regardless of the topic, as they are an example of direct democracy.

 

19. Public consultation through a deliberative process

I would vote however my website users said I should vote on this issue.

Personally I am in favour of this proposal.

 

20. Ban Lords from becoming government ministers

I would vote however my website users said I should vote on this issue.

Personally I am mildly in favour of this proposal.

 

21. Votes at 16

I would vote however my website users said I should vote on this issue.

Personally I am in favour of this proposal.
 

22. Hold elections on a weekend

I would vote however my website users said I should vote.

Personally I am in favour of this proposal.
 

23. Consult on MPs pay, expenses and conditions

I would vote however my website users said I should vote on this issue.

Personally I am strongly in favour of this proposal.
 

24. Bill of Rights

I would vote however my website users said I should vote on this issue.
 
Personally I am in favour of this proposal.
 

25. Require parties to be internally democratic

I would vote however my website users said I should vote on this issue.

Personally I am strongly in favour of this proposal.
 

26. A second chamber of different sectors

I would vote however my website users said I should vote on this issue.
 
Personally I have no strong opinion on this proposal.
 

27. Directly elected mayors

I would vote however my website users said I should vote on this issue.

Personally I have no strong opinion on this proposal.
 

28. No former MPs to the House of Lords

I would vote however my website users said I should vote on this issue.

Personally I have no strong opinion on this proposal.
 

29. Give MPs control of the parliamentary timetable, instead of Government ministers

I would vote in favour of it even if my website users were against it.

Personally I am very strongly in favour of this proposal.

 

If I've counted correctly, I believe that makes at most 8 out of 29 real-world civil liberties and political reform issues on which I might want to over-ride the majority vote if it did not agree with me.  I hope that most of those 8 are issues on which there is very unlikely to be such disagreement.