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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

 

 

 

 

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THATCHER'S
MALIGN LEGACY

 

The disastrous neoliberal agenda that still dominates all main parties today

 



 

3. Exploitation of the Prime Ministerial Power

 

Lord Hailsham, famously said in 1978 that the office of British Prime Minister was an “elective dictatorship”. He was speaking as a constitutionalist not as an historian, saying what could happen not what actually happened. He was pointing out that if someone once elected as Prime Minister wanted to fully exploit the powers of the office there was virtually nothing in the constitution to constrain them. This weakness had not mattered so much until then for prime ministers generally saw their role as obeying some kind of recognized consensus. They certainly expected to take their cabinet with them and they had a regard for British traditions and ways of doing things. Obviously, changes happened all the time, but the British way was to evolution more than revolution, taking as many people as possible with you.

In this world ideologies were not welcome. Whatever you may think of Keynes, the predominant economic influence before Thatcher, he was no ideologist. He was interested in making the present system work largely by pragmatic measures and he had a proven track record in predicting problems ahead. Prime Minister Jim Callaghan had in 1978 announced that we would have to move away from Keynes but did not see that the answer lay in ideologies of the Austrian or Chicago varieties. He had a very strong and experienced team around him who were confronting the countries undoubted problems and they were working through them and would have continued to do so if they had stayed in power. They were still living in the pragmatic consensus-driven political world which meant that Hailsham’s astute observation remained largely academic.

We will never know whether Margaret Thatcher had heard Hailsham’s verdict on the Prime Ministerial power but she certainly understood the truth of exactly what he had said - however she came by it. For directly on her arrival at No 10, she began to exploit the office as an “elective” dictator. “Dictator” is a strong word and we can argue about whether Hailsham chose well, but whatever word you use the fact is Thatcher as prime minister dictated to others more powerfully than any before her. In this lies her reputation as a conviction politician. She did not need to listen to those around her. She could ignore the advice of long-standing civil servants, jettison colleagues who were off-message and rely on unproven doctrines by academic theoreticians for wholesale policy initiatives.

Following on from Thatcher, once the cat was out of the bag on the constitutional power of the prime ministerial office, there was no going back. All the Prime Ministers that followed her have treated the office as she did. In this way, Thatcher completely changed the political culture of Britain. Following her style, Prime Minister Major forced through an unpopular rail privatization, a disastrous decision to join the European Money Union and a squandering of tax payers money in the attempt to defend that decision - while George Soros notoriously was handed billions of pounds of tax payers' money. Major never apologized the British people for this. It is hardly necessary to remind anyone of the dictatorial arrogant styles adopted by the subsequent PMs, Blair, Brown and Cameron.

Thatcher was the prime minister who found out the constitution and exploited it to impose her extreme policies on us and, as I have argued before, this constitutional weakness can only be corrected with a republican constitution embodying a separation of powers.

 


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