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 democratic system in Britain is failing. Trust in politics and politicians has plummeted. Voter turnout is at an all time low.
On the other hand, thanks to a long tradition of debate and a great heritage of ideas, democracy as an ideal is very much alive.
But we are reduced to having three main parties all with very much the same message. For many, democracy has been betrayed.
But why is this? How did it happen?
To understand this we should look at the way power actually works in 21st century Britain.
There is a great myth, portrayed in the media and by politicians themselves, which tells us that power lies in the political machinery and, in particular, in Parliament.
This myth tells us that democracy holds the power in society.
But this is false.
It has always been the case that money has had power. This is true of every society throughout history that was not completely closed and authoritarian.
But in our own day, in our own time, money has assumed an unimaginable hold over us.
There now exists a plutocracy that wields the kind of power that dwarfs and ridicules the power of the democratic machinery.
The reason why the power of money has now reached such an extreme is above all due to its international reach, for it is this that puts it above our national political system.
The power of politicians is very largely limited to what happens within the geographical boundaries of their nation state.
They may extend that power through international treaties but this kind of power is limited by what other nations will agree to. They may extend national power through war. But that is a last resort, usually with messy and unpredictable outcomes and always with great suffering.
The people who hold vast amounts of money, however, are not limited to the boundaries of any nation state. The corporations that they own and control have global reach.
They take decisions that affect people and events transcending mere nations.
The result of this is to put our politicians in awe of such power. But, worse than this, the vast wealth of international money can be used to buy political influence. Our politicians sell out to transnational interests that have no concern for Britain except insofar as they can use and exploit her.
You see this in the way, international money subsidises political campaigns. This is not free money. Political favours are expected in return. So national policies are shaped by extra-national concerns,
You see this in the way that when a political career ends, the politician takes up a lucrative position with international finance. The case of Tony Blair sitting on the board of megabank, JP Morgan, is a particularly obscene case of this. International finance rewards its own.
But it is not only the elected representatives in government that are guilty of allowing themselves to by bought.
Our civil servants regularly give up state employment for mega-rewards from international companies. The revolving door between the civil service and global corporations plays a great part in having decisions made that are contrary to the interests of the British people.
But in order to complete the understanding of how our democracy has been corrupted we need to look also to financial services - the banks.
Most are international and so are included in any discussion of global megacorps. But even an entirely British financial concern (and the DRP proposes there should be many) can exert a malign influence of politicians.
The reason for this is that the concerns of finance should never be primary. Banks are there purely to serve the rest of industry. Their own interests should not dictate decisions - as they do now
So what is to be done?
In the first place we should understand that the power of the global and financial corporations depends on politicians doing their begging. For all their ability to manipulate, to threaten and to bribe, ultimately it is national governments that decide.
Yes, ultimately democracy has the power. And the people have the power through their democratic processes.
The failure of democracy in Britain does not come from the democratic system itself, but from the leaders its produces.
Those leaders could put in place constitutional provisions that would guard against the worst excesses of international corporate power. None of the main political parties has any interest in such measure.
But the Democratic Republican Party does.
We will pass into the new republican constitution a provision that will exclude any person who has served as an elected politician or in a high level in the civil service from ever during their lifetime taking any employment or gifts from an international company or a financial services company.
Except in the case of financial companies, this provision will not be extended to companies wholly owned and wholly manufacturing within Britain. An interchange between our own productive industry and our government is only normal, natural and healthy.
Such interchanges by their nature involve only British interests. They may be partial interests and probably will be. We cannot expect private companies to be heavily focused on the broad national interest in all their dealings. Businesses don’t work like that.
Nevertheless, the interests of a wholly British company are still British interests.
This is not to say that all international and financial corporations are all bad, and that every decision they make is malign. This is not to say that their activities should be unduly curbed in Britain.
Some companies with international reach are largely British and we should be justly proud of them.
Neither is the DRP saying that such companies should not have political influence, for it is only right that the government should take account of the interests of our major companies.
The difference is the following: that influence cannot be bought.
This will restore the balance between democratic and money power. When politicians and civil servants make decisions about the future of the country it will not be with an eye to future or present personal gain for they will be banned from receiving any (on penalty of prison and loss of pension entitlements).
They will have to make decisions on the basis of their best objective judgments. The rewards for good service and good decision making will still be there in the form of institutional appointments and indeed contact with wholly-owned non-financial British companies.
This ban will become to be seen as an asset not a constraint.
It will benefit the economy by putting British interests before those of wholly international concerns
It will promote a healthy and honest democracy of which all can be proud to be a part.
It will restore trust in our politicians.
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