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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.

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

Electoral System

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

Monarchy

 


 

ECONOMICS
Banking

Finance
Globalization
Monetary reform

Personal Finance

Austerity

Great Crisis

 

 

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
War
Military provision

 

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

 

NATIONAL PLANNING
National planning strategies
Coordination of regions
Transport

Energy/Climate Change

 

 

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

 

CULTURE
Arts
Broadcasting/BBC
Press

 

POLITICS
Political parties
Corruption
Protest
Political philosophy

 

SPORT/LEISURE

 

ENERGY

 

ENVIRONMENT

 

AGRICULTURE

 

CEREMONIAL

 

CIVIL SERVICE
Government departments
Prosecution Service

 

 

 


 

ISSUES DISCUSSED IN THE NEWSLETTERS NOT LINKED TO THE MANIFESTO

 

HISTORY

British Republican History

 

OTHER NATIONS

USA

 

 

 

 

I. Republicanism

 

1.Ideal of Republicanism defined by:

 

  1. Civil Society comprising Civil Institutions (Government or Chartered) whose members are appointed according to merit, qualification or achievement

  2. Different Powers or Functions of Government are defined (such as Executive, Legislature or Judiciary), and these are embodied in separate, independent Government Institutions (which may be Civil or Democratic Institutions).

  3. Checks and Balances operating between the Institutions embodying these Functions

  4. Regional/Local Government Civil and Democratic Institutions to balance with the center

  5. Public Services (including the Military) provided for the benefit of the nation's people, organisations, businesses and natural resources, and also to some extent, great or small, to contribute to the benefit of those things anywhere in the world

Thatcher had a well advertised aversion to any Civil Institution of the kind that make up the Civil Society referred to in the First Aspect* of the First Ideal of Republicanism.

 

Thatcher's comment that "there is no such thing as society" refers as much as anything to the Civil Society. For example, she successfully undermined the status of Universities by abolishing tenure for lecturers, she diluted the role of the Civil Service in government and undermined the role of the BBC. Attempts to reduce the status of the legal profession were less successful.

 

The desire is always the same: to force Institutions to operate more like private companies thereby undermining their institutional role and turning them into a more pliable constituencies. This is done under the Populist pretexts of "opening up" or combating "elitism" and "restrictive practices".

 

The effect is always the same: by gnawing away at the Civil Society, the power of the Executive is enhanced. There is also the effect that the richness of life is eroded as more and more activity becomes reduced to the singular pursuit of self-interest.

 

New Labour continued this trend and a very recent example is set out in the Green Paper that would allow non-solicitors to own solicitors' practice, so renewing the attack on the independence of the legal profession.

 

And the New Labour proliferation of Quangos is sure sign of the Executive trying gain control over the Institutions that make up the Civil Society. 

 

In respect of the Fourth Aspect* of the First Ideal, Central Government has long sought to undermine the Local Authorities by manipulating their spending and usurping their power.

 

For instance, New Labour planning legislation tends to sideline elected planning committee members emphasising the role of direct "consultation" with the people that elected them. And New Labour quango, CABE, has been used to bully committee members into accepting an arbitrary "expert" opinion on planning proposals.

 

 



 

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