Well how did ENGAGE first come about,where did it start and who are the people behind this new political party?
ENGAGE originally started of as DDIP – Demos Direct Initiative Party and was initially created as a fall back solution should John Rees Evans fail in his endeavours to implement Direct Democracy in UKIP. However, when it came to it, for whatever reasons JRE decided to go with another new party idea called Affinity. We were not overly joyed about this as we had wasted a year waiting for him but in politics you are never far from the next disappointment. We do wish JRE and all in Affinity the best of luck in their endeavours but we believe in empowering the membership and so will continue on with…
Once we found out about the Affinity project we had a members debate on what we should do. It was clearly obvious to us throughout the three election campaigns we had been in, that DEMOS was not a name people could connect with and Demos Direct Initiative was a bit of a mouthful. Though DEMOS is the Greek word for ‘The People’ and the origins of the word ‘Democracy’ it was a little too cryptic and many read it as demo’s as in short for demonstrations and thought we were just wanting to put on protest marches. So we decided we needed a new party name and the chosen one was…
ENGAGE is a true Direct Democracy party that wants to give people a real voice in British politics and to create a party system where we get back to learning from each other.
I decided to join the party where I will be not a mere passenger but I will have a say about the direction we are going together from the start.