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
Silver and White
Gold traditionally represents royalty, and the male principle
Silver traditionally represents the female principle
The Pentaskell and Astraea are represented in silver and white
Silver and white are the colours of the party rosettes and are significantly different from any other party
The Party is represented by two sorts of emblems: The Pentaskell and the female figure, Astraea
The Pentaskell is derived from the Celtic Triskell.
The Triskell symbolises the three elements, earth, air and water.
The Pentaskell symbolises the five core values of Democratic Republicanism, virtue, freedom, aspiration, wealth, peace
The Pentaskell has different representations
Matisse Dancers Pentaskell
Origins. According to Greek legend, Astraea is the daughter of Zeus and Themis. She was, as was her mother, a goddess of justice.
During the Golden Age, when the gods dwelled among mankind, she lived on the earth. But evil and wickedness increased its grip on humanity, and Astraea left and took up her abode among the stars where she was transformed into the constellation Virgo where she looks down on humanity with concern.
According to legend, Astraea will one day come back to Earth, bringing with her the return of the utopian Golden Age of which she was the ambassador.
During the European Renaissance, particularly in England, Astraea became associated with the general spirit of renewal of culture occurring at that time
National flags are of mainly of two types, heraldic and tricolour.
The first tricolour was the French one adopted by revolutionary France. Since then it has been widely used by republics.
Heraldic flags derive from the mediaeval art of heraldry used for coats of arms. England's St George's Cross is an example
The Union Jack is a composite of three heraldic crosses or flags, St George's, St Andrew's of Scotland and St Patrick's of Ireland. The retention of the St Patrick's cross is anachronistic as Ireland is no longer part of Britain. (Northern Ireland has a version of the St George's cross.)
It may be because of its derivation from imperial times when Ireland was part of England that the Union Jack is associated with jingoism and extreme nationalism.
It is for these reasons unsuitable for the new republic.
Two alternative for the new republic are suggested, a heraldic flag or a tricolour, as below.
This is heraldic being a vague reference to the St George's cross at the centre of the Union Jack. The silver would stand out and catch the light as no other national flag does.
This is the traditional British Republican marching flag with the colours in reverse order to distinguish it from the present Hungarian national flag.
The rule with tricolours is that catholic countries use vertical bands (France, Ireland, etc) and Protestant or Orthodox countries use horizontal ones (Germany, Russia, etc). So Britain must use horizontal bands.
Regional Flag of the United Republic of Britain
This incorporates the various flags of the autonomous regions.
DRP PARTY FLAGS
Traditional British Republican Marching Flag
(Since adopted as the flag of Hungary and so it could be inverted. See above)
John Milton Flag
Celtic Pentaskell Flag
Matisse Dancers Pentaskell Flag
Flag of the Commonwealth/First Republic 1650-60
Commonwealth Great Seal
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