Douglas has won The Spectator/Threadneedle Readers’ Representative Award 2009. The award, which was presented by Boris Johnson, is a great honour as it is the only award given out by The Spectator that is solely voted for by the public.
Douglas says, “I would like to say a big thank you to my constituents, who have put me here today and whose encouragement I value tremendously.”
Readers voted for Douglas because of his radical, reformist agenda. Not only did he bring down the Commons Speaker, but he has promoted changes that would make government properly accountable to Parliament, and Parliament answerable to the people.
Douglas used his speech at the event to reiterate his vision for Westminster, which includes making MPs outwardly accountable to voters, open primaries for every seat in the House of Commons, and right of recall so that local people can sack their MP’s if they think they are not up for the job.
He said in his speech, “If parliament answered to the people, I think there would be real dignity in our democracy once again. Too many people in Westminster, in SW1, answer only to other people in Westminster and SW1.”