The party defines itself by the five core policies. So that members and non-members clearly understand what the party stands for, these cannot be changed. At present they are principles the details of which will be decided according to the party constitution
All other policies will be decided according to the constitution
Below is a provisional list of headings for the Mani-festo each with a link to a page
That page contains provisional ideas for discussion.
Read this, as work in progress. Only DRP paid up members can comment and so if you want to have your say:
Constitutional Court Supreme Court
Functions of Government Public Services Board Monetary Policy Board
National planning strategies
Coordination of regions
ISSUES DISCUSSED IN THE NEWSLETTERS NOT LINKED TO THE MANIFESTO
British Republican History
The Prime Minister is the Head of Government by virtue of being the head of the largest party in the House of Commons.
But once in that office he or she has very high degree of control over the House.
Speaking of the current constitutional arrangement, Historian David Starkey said recently that the House of Commons is now “absolutely dominated” by the office of Prime Minister.
Newly arriving MPs often express surprise and bewilderment at how little they have to do.
If not picked by the Prime Minister for a government post they are little more than “division fodder”, that is, their function is to obey the government “whips” and vote through government legislation.
Their angry speeches sometimes make the news, but politically these have no effect
The only worthwhile independent function they can serve is by sitting on one of the numerous parliamentary committees which oversee and scrutinise matters of state and society at large.
These committees are a vital part of our democracy but they do not control any levers of power.
Under the new Presidential Constitution, the House of Commons will be separate and independent of the executive power of the President.
It will no longer be under the thumb of the Prime Minister.
It will therefore emerge as a new powerful force for democracy in the nation.
It will be a counter to Presidential power and MPs will no longer feel marginalised and abused.
The new parliament will exclusively control expenditure and taxation giving it enormous effective power over Presidential policy.
If the President wants to take some action, the money for it will have to be approved by Parliament.
This is the way that the fundamental republican principle of checks and balances will be exercise on the office of President.
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