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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

 



 

5. Falklands war.

 

It is often said that Thatcher got re-elected in 1984 because of the Falklands war. But she would have been re-elected anyway – and this for one reason. The Labour Party had chosen Michael Foot as leader. Already clearly way past his sell by date, he was a creature of the Labour Party left who had been put in as leader because it was judged he could play a healing role in the party. The Labour Party had lost interest in the bigger picture of winning the election and handed it to Thatcher on a plate.

In all the mythmaking surrounding Thatcher (most of it originally manufactured by her) a crucial element in the Falklands crisis gets overlooked – it should never have happened. Argentine’s President Galtieri would never have been able to take over the Falkland Islands if the defense forces and our well-funded security services at MI6 had remotely been doing their job. And there is evidence that Thatcher ignored intelligence about Argentinean preparations for the invasion of the Falkland Islands and scrapped the only Royal Navy presence in the islands

This was still the era of the Cold War and all eyes were on Russia and on how we could “nuke” Moscow with a couple of minutes notice. The defense of British territories you would think was a prime function of the security services. But that was not how they saw it. They had their backs turned and the Argentineans just walked in. Whilst it was not in Thatcher’s nature to admit culpability for anything, her Defense Secretary, Lord Carrington, was of the old school and saw clearly that the government had to take responsibility for its massive oversight. He resigned his post.

This grave error on the part of the British government should have shaped its response to the invasion for it made a pressing case for not declaring war and seeking a negotiated solution - but this was not Thatcher’s way. Against all professional advice to the contrary she ordered a foolhardy mission to send a Task Force to the South Atlantic and beat the Argentineans out of the islands. This military action was shear madness. Of course, it had a chance of coming off, but the casualties on both sides would certainly be significant, and the likelihood was of British failure.

Once in place the British fleet engaged in what many still see as a criminal act by sinking the Argentine Navy light cruiser, ARA General Belgrano, with a loss of over 300 Argentinean sailors’ lives. At the time, she was outside the exclusion zone the British had put in place and was sailing away from the zone. What followed this tragedy included an element of farce. The Argentineans responded to the loss of the Belgrano by sinking the criuser, HMS Sheffield, with the loss of 17 lives. This took the British completely by surprise for they had thought that Sheffield was out of range of any Argentinian firepower. Incredibly what the British did not know is that our allies, the French, had been supplying Argentine with Exocet missiles. This was a completely open trade but the Royal Navy had failed to register the fact and so miscalculated completely their tactics.

The nation was in a state of shock. This was a real war where people got killed. And we looked hopelessly vulnerable. Relief then followed for it turned out that the French had only supplied 13 Exocets and so a counting down of how many the Argentinians fired off started. If they had had a good stockpile the Royal Navy would have been blasted out of the water. France obligingly said it would suspend future deliveries. It beggars belief that the Task Force could have set off without intelligence (that was fully available in Jane’s, the popular publication on military matters) on the presense of Exocet missiles.

As we know the mission to recapture the Falkland Islands, against all the odds, worked. This was due to the amazing courage and professionalism of the British military, but the loss of British lives and the horrendous injuries and disfigurement our soldiers suffered must be laid at the door of Thatcher. Like most wars this was unnecessary and could have been avoided. The comprehensive peace plan proposed President of Peru Fernando Belaúnde was dismissed by Thatcher and her War Cabinet.

It is to Britain's shame that the Falklands tradegy is partly the reason for Thatcher's quasi-state funeral. It is not a victory of which Britain can be proud but a sorry episode of incompetence, lack of foresight and foolhardiness which was redeemed by the only people to come out of it all honourably – our fighting men and women.
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