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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

 



 

6. Channel tunnel

 

Before looking at how this project came about let us recall the days before it was even muted as a possibility. To cross the Channel at its eastern (narrowest and most popular) end there was a choice of ferries operated by Sealink, Townson Thoresen and P&O. There was intense rivalry between them and the result was that good deals could be had. Many of us learned the trick of turning up by car late at night with no booking and taking up empty places for next to nothing.

We do not normally think of major infrastructure in relation to Prime Minister Thatcher. She was for a smaller leaner state and all decision making should be left to the market place. The recent decision, for example, to spend 30 billions of tax payers money on the London to Birmingham rail link would be incomprehensible to her.

For reasons which are not altogether clear she became interested in the idea of constructing a fixed link across the English Channel for use by vehicles and trains. This was a dream that had been long held by many but had never happened as it could never be shown to be viable. It happened that President Mitterand was in power in France and Mitterand had a liking for self aggrandizing projects and so the unlikely duo of Thatcher and Mitterand agreed together to go forward with a Channel tunnel. It was clear from the start that this was a vanity project for both. Its feasibility was far from certain

Thatcher’s ideology naturally determined that the public purse could not be touched in financing the tunnel and so private money was assembled together with a marketting of millions of shares to ordinary people and professional investors. The shares were well subscribed and the existence of many smaller shareholders bolstered Thatcher’s policy of encouraging wider share ownership.

Work got under way and, as is always the case with projects of this nature, unexpected difficulties arose. Costs spiraled and it quickly became obvious as many had predicted that there was not enough money in the pot to complete the project. Additional money had to be found. Meanwhile the share price collapsed the Thatcher’s much trumpeted small share holders were wiped out. The project could not just be allowed to stop for too much political capital was at stake and so money had to be found to complete it.

To cut the story short, the money was found by complicated arrangements whereby the banks took a major share in the scheme and the British and French governments engaged in behind the scene arm twisting to make it all happen. But there remained a big question mark. The "Chunnel" might be completed and be able to offer places to people with vehicles wanting to cross the Channel but what about the ferries? The tunnel was going to be in direct competition with them. But its construction costs had proved vast. The only way it stood a chance of recouping the capital costs was be charging ticket prices that would be uncompetitive. Things looked grim.

But then a strange thing happened. In a normal competitive environment of the kind that Thatcher and her Austrian co-ideolo gues favoured the tunnel would have been put out of business by the ferries. But the ferry prices started to rise and they went on rising until mysteriously, hey presto!, the tunnel was competitive. Now I do not know how the price fixing was engineered, but it surely happened.

So we went from a situation before the tunnel of having nice cheap fares for crossing the Channel to after it opened of having expensive ones however you did it. Things had been fixed so that that those crossing the channel would have to pay for the disastrous decision to construct a fixed link carrying vehicles. Probably if the tunnel had only included a train service the finances would be entirely different and, in any case, the rail link is an asset that does not duplicate other services.

The consumer in this has been screwed. Public money has not been put in to any great degree and there is no reason why it should be. But if this is a private project it should be at the whims of the market place and clearly this is not the case. They whole thing is fixed so that the ordinary consumer has to bail out Thatcher’s mad, bad self-serving decision.

Thatcher’s admirers have long since dropped the Channel tunnel from her list of achievements. What she saw as a crowning glory ended up having to be bailed out by the rest of us.

 

 


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