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A MANIFESTO IN THE MAKING

 

Manifesto Introduction
 
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:

 

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A NEW CONSTITUTION FOR BRITAIN
Constitution Design
Executive
House of Commons Senate/House of Lords
Autonomous Regions

Electoral System

Democracy
Judiciary
Constitutional Court Supreme Court
Functions of Government Public Services Board Monetary Policy Board

Monarchy

Civil Service

Republicanism

Liberalism

 


 

ECONOMICS
Banking

Corruption

Finance
Globalization
Monetary reform

Personal Finance

Austerity

Great Crisis

Government Finance

 

TAXATION
Tax havens
Corporation tax
Income tax
Wealth tax

 

REGIONS
Federal nation
Autonomous regions

 

INDUSTRY
Skills training
Industry needs
Business development
Export assistance

Employment

 

PUBLIC SERVICES
Health
Education
Utilities
Transport Road Rail Air
Social Housing
Postal Services, Telecommunications
Police
Fire Service
Prisons
Probation Service
Waste/ pollution

 

FOREIGN AFFAIRS
Europe
Commonwealth

Islamic World

USA
War
Defence provision

World

 

SOCIETY
Families
Social exclusion
Minorities and race relations,
Citizenship

Economic enfranchisement
Church of England
Civil Society
Deprivation
Youth
Meritocracy
Immigration

Ethical Issues
Humanitarian issues/Animals
Press and Media

 

NATIONAL PLANNING
National planning strategies
Coordination of regions
Transport

Energy/Climate Change

 

LAW

Justice
Human rights
Liberty
Economic rights
Citizenship
Penal reform
Vice
Drugs
Prostitution
Gambling

 

CULTURE
Arts
Broadcasting/BBC
Press

 

POLITICS
Political parties
Corruption
Protest
Political philosophy

Events

 

HISTORY

British Republicanism

Monarchy

Whigs

Recent Politics

 

SPORT/LEISURE

 

ENERGY

 

ENVIRONMENT

 

AGRICULTURE

 

CEREMONIAL

 

CIVIL SERVICE
Government departments
Prosecution Service

 

 

 

 


 

ISSUES DISCUSSED IN THE NEWSLETTERS NOT LINKED TO THE MANIFESTO

 

Whiggism

 

HISTORY

British Republican History

 

OTHER NATIONS

USA

 

 

 


 

Political Philosophy

 

The Republican Party seeks to govern the nation of what is at present the United Kingdom. But to do that well and properly the present constitution must be changed. And so constitutional change is at the heart of the programme.

 

A Constitution must be founded upon what is usually referred to as a "Political Philosophy", and so to formulate a revised Constitution we have to first decide what our political philosophy is to be.

 

The essence of a Political Philosophy must be to describe how the power of government should be balanced against the individual. There is a relationship between government and individual which by its nature tends to be unequal and it is the function of the Constitution to bestow on the individual an appropriate degree of power and influence.

 

In order to define the Modern Democratic Republic, we describe Five Ideals or Five Principles.

 

Each Ideal individually constitutes a defense but they only work effectively if they are all, to one degree or another, in place.

 

It is important to understand that these are "Ideals" and like all ideals they are there to strive for even though they may not always be attainable.

 

They are:

 

I. Republicanism

 

II.  Liberalism

 

III. Democracy

 

IV. Economic  Enfranchisement

 

V.  Non-Aggressive Foreign Relations

 

 


 

 

The Indeterminacy of Human Affairs

 

The Five Ideals are the bedrock for the creation of a Republican Constitution. The Aspects of each Ideal indicate the practical means whereby the Ideals can be realised, however imperfectly, within the Constitution.

 

This approach to political philosophy rests on a view of the world and human affairs that accepts that we can never absolutely know everything and we can never devise the perfect political structures we might wish for.

 

This is why we talk of "Ideals" as underlying the Constitution - Ideals that can never be perfectly realised and may even contradict each other.

 

For instance, the demands of Republican Institutions may sometimes contradict the demands of Democracy. Liberalism may come up against Democratic rule. And so on. The point is that judgments will have to be made in devising a Constitution that achieves the best compromise between the Ideals.

 

If weaknesses occur in the Constitution in resolving between the Republican Ideals, an unprincipled Executive will try to profit by taking control into itself. The Executive always knows what it wants.

 

Nevertheless, our Republican Constitution must take account of Human Nature as it really is - indeterminate and imperfect, but aspirational and generous.  

 

We live in an age when the successes of science in certain fields have encouraged people to believe that certainty is possible in practically every field. So people too often search for simple linear answers that force a determinacy upon the world.

 

This leads to a combative attitude of opposing claims upon a supposed single truth. People want to ‘nail’ the answer to everything. My solution is correct, yours in wrong. When mine is implemented the argument will be decided and everything will be set to right (the end of history).

 

But life isn’t like that. Life is fundamentally indeterminate. That is, there is no set of human made rules or laws that can perfectly model it and be perfectly adapted to deal with life. Any single solution we find will have flaws. The way forward is to accept this but define the different approaches as the Five Ideals do and then seek to balance them.

 

Thus the indeterminacy of the world and society can be accommodated but never resolved.

 

This wisdon can help inform our judgment in the 21st century  as we devise the Republican Constitution that will release the talent and energy of our people, that is theirs to give, and provide for them the freedom and happiness, that is their right to enjoy.

 

 


 

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