The Citizens’ Assembly on Democracy in the UK is sending a powerful message: people in the UK want their elected representatives to do better. The Assembly met over six weekends in the final months of 2021 to examine how the UK’s democratic system should work. Its full recommendations will be published in March. This post previews some of the key findings.
The Citizens’ Assembly on Democracy in the UK comprises 67 members of the UK public who were carefully selected to be representative of the wider population in terms of age, gender, ethnicity, educational background, location in the UK, and political attitudes. The members met over six weekends between September and December, hearing from experts, discussing among themselves, and drawing conclusions. They reached over 50 recommendations, covering many aspects of democracy in the UK, which will be published in full in March. They also crafted statements summing up their feelings about how democracy is working in the UK today. These statements – the focus of this post – send a powerful message that people in the UK want their representatives to do a better job.
The Assembly members began their final weekend of deliberations, on 11–12 December, by choosing words that summed up their feelings about current UK democracy. They could choose from a list of words provided, or add their own. The word cloud below shows how they responded. The most frequently chosen options were ‘dissatisfied’ and ‘frustrated’, followed by ‘concerned’, then ‘hopeful’ and ‘disappointed’.Continue reading