Peter Kellow DRP Leader
Video: Introducing the
Democratic Republican Party
How is it that in the 21st century the British Head of State is still a Mediaeval Monarch? Everywhere we see the pernicious effect this archaic institution has on the life, politics and wealth of the country.
The fact of having a head of state chosen by bloodline enshrines privilege and inherited wealth as a basic principle of government. This percolates down through society from top to bottom, resulting in massive injustice
The DEMOCRATIC REPUBLICAN PARTY is the party that stands for the removal of the monarchy. But we are much more than that.
We will implement a full Democratic Republican Constitution embodying republican principles to to revitalise our democracy and our nation.
We will see an End to the Power of Banks and Big Finance to control individuals, businesses and government, with a radical policy of Monetary and Banking Reform
We will create a modern nation of Autonomous Regions: Scotland, Wales, Northern England, the Midlands, the South West, the South-East [including London] and Northern Ireland, to enable unique regional aspirations to be realised.
We will install a completely new "Weighted Representations" voting system that will preserve the best of what we already have and correct its faults
We will formulate a full democratic republican manifesto ready for the 2015 General Election to create a society of Virtue, Freedom, Aspiration, Wealth and Peace for all
Peter Kellow has been invited to propose the motion
“This House Would Abolish The Monarchy”
At the Cambridge Union Society on Thursday, 27th February 2014.
This is not open to the general public and guests are limited and all the places have been taken However, a full video of the debate will be posted on YouTube
The Cambridge Union information reads:
The announcement that Prince William is studying in Cambridge this term has prompted comment and outcry across the national and student media. The monarchy is Britain’s most iconic national institution, a central non-partisan plank of our constitution – according to some. For others, it is an outdated relic that impedes our democracy and entrenches elitism. In this debate, we put the arguments, and the modern monarchy, to the test.
Kate Maltby is a member of the Executive Team of Bright Blue, the liberal-Tory think tank, and is the editor of Bright Blue's magazine.
Peter Kellow is Leader of the Democratic Republican Party, and
writer for the Huffington Post. Peter believes there is a need for radical changes in UK politics.
Philippa Richards of the Welsh Government office
Peter Whittle is Director of thinktank the New Culture Forum and author of Monarchy Matters. Peter challenges the ‘Left-liberal stranglehold’ on the arts.
Hugo Vickers is known for writing royal biographies such as Elizabeth,
The Queen Mother. Hugo was appointed Chairman of the Jubilee Walkway Trust in 2002.
Rose Beale is Events Officer at Cambridge Development Initiative
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As well as being head of state of Britain, the Queen is head of state of a number of Commonwealth countries. These she always refers to in her Christmas message.
What she never mentions is that she is also head of state of all the British so-called "overseas territories", in particular, the Cayman Islands, the British Virgin Islands, Bermuda and Gibraltar.
All these are notorious tax havens, having passed legislation allowing rich British companies and individuals to evade and avoid British tax. And these are not small sums, the Cayman Islands is the fourth biggest financial centre in the world.
In the Queen’s role as head of state of these jurisdictions, she could, through her governor, veto any legislation in the local parliament. But she does nothing. She does nothing to prevent them passing low tax legislation. So she is contributing directly to the fleecing of her own subjects.
Further, she does nothing to stop them passing bank secrecy laws which mean that no one can know what money is passing through these islands' accounts. This opens the door to all sorts of illicit
money, protecting drug runners, money launderers, human traffickers, arms runners, money stolen from corrupt third world governments and terrorist funds from the public and the authorities.
All this happens under the Queen’s watch. And she happily publicly associates herself with all these activities by allowing her image to appear on their bank notes.
These are just a few of the great men and women who have made republicanism
such an intergral part of our history
ARE WE THE NEW WHIGS?
The forgotten radicals that shaped the
Everyone today has heard of the Tories and knows what they stand for.
Everyone has also heard of the Whigs, but very few know what they stood for.
The Whigs and the Torys were always bitter enemies and that emnity is a vital part of British history.
The virtues of the British state - which are many - were largely created by the Whigs.
One of the malign aspects of our society today is fawning deference to the monarchy. But that is a Tory trait and always has been. The Whigs were anything but deferential to the monarchy and saw excessive executive power of the monarchy as an evil to subdue and fight against.
For this, they were frequently accused of being republicans - and the accusations were in many cases justified.
The neoliberal agenda that still dominates all main parties today
The period of Margaret Thatcher's prime ministership from 1979 to 1989 was a period of radical change. When admirers of her, which includes all major current politicians, speak of her they only refer to her personality - rarely her policies. Here we catalogue the tragic effects Thatcherism had on our nation.
- Thatcherite Economics. Libertarianism
- Thatcherite Economics. Monetarism
- Exploitation of the Prime Ministerial Power
- Falklands war
- Channel tunnel
- Industrial relations.
- Attack on the civil society.
A. Attack on the civil service
B. Attack on the professions
C. Attack on the universities
- Centralization of the state
Still to come ...
- The Union of Britain
- Foreign Policy
- Contracting out
- Council house sales
- Poll tax
- The destruction of the Conservative Party
Student Loans – The Giant Scam That Robs The Nation
Peter Kellow writes
It was one of the grand projects of current JP Morgan Director, Tony Blair, in one of his previous employments as British Prime Minister: make university education open to the many. The many here was meant to be 50% of the young now going through education. The plan included making students pay for their higher education through loans. In the earlier years of the project, they paid just a little, then a lot, then practically the whole of the cost of the education.
Students now going through university will emerge up to their eyes in debt and this debt will dog them for years. Debt is not a superficial aspect of life. It drags you down. R.W. Emerson whom I cited in Newsletter 109 put it aptly when he said back in 1836 “Debt, grinding debt … which disheartens a great spirit with cares that seem so base..” Debt is a scourge of our lives.
Leaving aside the question of whether we really need 50% of our young going to higher education, let us ask whether there is any alternative to making people pay for higher education and let us ask whether it might be more sensible for the nation to pay for it.
Annie Besant: And How the BBC Airbrushes Out Our Great Republican History
Peter Kellow writes:
Some time ago Melvyn Bragg’s In Our Time programme was devoted to one of the most charismatic and radical thinkers and activists of the late nineteenth century: Annie Besant. She was described in Melvyn’s introduction as a fighter for social reform, secularism, women’s rights, freedom of speech, socialism, Irish home rule, better conditions for workers, birth control, and Indian nationalism. All of that is true but why leave out a further important ideal that she fought for: republicanism.
Her long and close relationship with Charles Bradlaugh, a writer, publisher and MP is described but Bradlaugh emerges only as a secularist, reformer, atheist and free thinker. Again an equally important and obvious point about Bradlaugh is that he was a republican. He was editor of a journal called the Republican for many years and was elected four times as an MP for Northampton but never took his seat in the Commons. The reason for this is that, as a republican, he refused each time to swear the oath of allegiance to the queen, as all elected MPs must do before they can sit. His refusal to swear the oath is mentioned in the programme but amazingly Bragg and the three academic experts all manage to skirt around the reason why. But surely they owe it to the listeners and to Bradlaugh himself to clarify and respect his reason for this – his passionate republicanism.
But no. Not once, in a programme about an important republican figure in British history and the radical, often republican, world she moved in, is the ‘r’ word used.
What To Do About The Barclays LIBOR Scam?
The Answer: Ban Securitisation
Peter Kellow writes
I returned from a couple of week’s holiday in the sun yesterday. So for two weeks I saw no news and received no emails. Very refreshing. What was not so fresh was the news that greeted my return. Once again the bankers have been caught up to their tricks of looting their investors and the general public. To anyone outside the world of banking and regulation what they have done, namely fixing LIBOR, the interbank lending interest rate, would be criminal but it seems Barclays may well be let off with an insignificant fine.
You might expect from the national press some interesting new perspective on the banks and their chums in the regulatory authorities and government but all we get is the same old indignation and calls for enquiries and a few stiffer measures to control the banks. The most generalized comments refer to the culture within the banks and this is held by some to be rotten to the core. Well, we can all say ‘aye-aye’ to that
But what will happen to truly curb the banks in their activities? We all know the answer to that. Nothing. Business secretary, Vince Cable, described the problems in UK banking as "a moral quagmire of almost biblical proportions", although he did not specify in which book of the bible such a quagmire is mentioned. In reality this moral quagmire is unprecedented in the Old Testament or anywhere else. Bob Diamond, et al, are taking us into brand new territories of greed, power and moral decadence