Do the right thing, Mr President
Your Excellency, I have reason to appeal to you again after the outrageous passage of the Proportional Representation (PR) Bill. If not unconstitutional and flawed, its passage lacks moral and spiritual values.
Mr President, choose ten people and send them out into the streets. Each will ask ten persons if they know what PR is about. You will then have 110 names who do not know what PR is—just like myself.
Mr President, you are a man of letters as was your predecessor, Prof Max Richards. Your predecessor had reason to complain that he was not fully appraised about the infamous Section 34 before he signed it into law. You are from the bench and can advance no such excuse. You have a duty to the people to do wide research and consultations into this matter. Your consultations must include every MP, the NGOs, the business community and all trade unions.
You are required to seek the advice of the Law Lords in London and in the region. In other words, it is just not a matter of putting pen to paper and signing away into law our right to be consulted on such a fundamental change to our democratic process.
Mr President, we know that you do not have the power to change the Bill. However, you do have the power (and the expertise) to examine every aspect of it and its passage. The Constitution places no limit on the time you need to sign it.
Your Excellency, take your time and consider. We know you have the power to force the Government to educate the people about PR and let the people decide.
Consider yourself, Sir, as the Rock of Gibraltar standing between a now-galloping dictatorship and a peaceful democracy.
No constitution can force you to do the wrong thing. As you have said, you must do the right thing because it is the right thing to do.