Why Phoenix – Why Now?

As far back as 1796, President George Washington criticised political parties for allowing “cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men” to “subvert the power of the people”.

In his farewell address the President called on people to exercise “vigilance” for “the dangers of parties” and “the baneful effects of the spirit of party” on national unity and the honesty of public debates. It is “the interest and duty of a wise people to discourage and restrain the spirit of party,” wrote the first president of the United States.

Today in Britain we are still governed by political parties that are hell bent on competing with each other in rousing communal tensions and thereby gaining political mileage. The Phoenix Movement believes that it is time to start visualising a more open and direct democracy, with less mediation by parties and professional politicians.

We believe those that intrusted to govern must place national interests above party interests and adopt the best policies for everyone, regardless of political dogma or creed.