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
V. Non-Aggressive Foreign Relations
Non-Aggressive Foreign Relations defined by:
- Mixed/flexible armed forces (not directed at specific nations and no top heavy systems)
- Resistance to military treaties with other nations
- Minimisation of dependency on other nations for resources (of any kind not just obviously of military significance.)
- Help for developing nations
- Support for UN
Belligerency in foreign affairs has always been used by Executives to enhance their own power and prestige. Although this can have Populist appeal, ultimately the political life of the nation will suffer as liberty will be eroded.
To take an extreme case, Hitler took his country to war in order to tighten his grip on the German people and use the cover of war to hide his odious racial plans.
A rather less extreme but, nevertheless, worrying recent case is the Presidency of George W. Bush which sought to allow him and his coterie to tighten their control* on the American nation through war in Iraq.
The intervention in Iraq is bound up with denial of the second, third and five Aspects of the Fifth Ideal*. For a contradiction of the first, we need only look to the recent decision to renew the Trident nuclear system.
This is a system which is designed purely to obliterate Russia, a country that it is reasonable to believe has no hostile intentions towards us. (This decision has the fingerprints of the White House all over it.)
Putting the country on a war footing in this way, even for a war that only in the most extreme imaginings will ever take place, is a way of preserving and enhancing Executive Power at the expense of individual liberty, prosperity and happiness.
Under the First Aspect of achieving the Ideal of Non-Aggressive Foreign Relations, the military should be geared to a flexible response to unpredictable circumstances with the emphasis on defensive capability.
In this way the functioning of the military is closer to the felt needs of the people and closer to its proud traditions. It has less chance of being manipulated by the Executive in the creation of scares and bogey men.
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