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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

 



 

9. Centralization of the state.

 

There is no better indication of Thatcher's contempt for democracy than in the way she centralized the British state. Most people cannot conceive of democracy without some form of dispersal of decision making to the regions and to cities and towns. A centralized state is automatically a less democratic state. Tony Travers writing in the Guardian said

"Margaret Thatcher's Conservative government presided over an 11-year war between central and local government. … From the start, in 1979-80, there were cuts in government funding for councils. The Local Government, Planning and Land Act 1980 introduced a new 'block grant' … for direct labour organisations. The block grant allowed the government to impose grant penalties on councils which exceeded expenditure targets. [She introduced} Rate-capping, which restricted the spending of councils, utterly divided local and central government. Even Conservative councils and leaders were opposed.

Mrs Thatcher's government also abolished the Greater London Council (GLC) and the six metropolitan county councils. Despite a massive campaign to stop abolition, it went ahead in 1986. Four years later, the Inner London Education Authority was also abolished.

This decision on the GLC, as we know, has now been reversed and London given a measure of independence with a high profile elected mayor. Having a major capital of the world under the thumb of central government was too much even for the ardent Thatcher acolytes that were to follow her into No 10.

Travers's conclusion is:

"Thatcher's legacy to local governments was increased centralisation and the willingness … to cap, limit and control local democracy in England. This country is one of the most centralised of western democracies".
[my emphasis]]

Where does this achievement figure in the Thatcherite myth making? How many times is it flagged up by the myth makers?

This desire to cut away the layers of the democratic machinery was all part of her populist conception of how to govern. In this vision local democracy is a huge nuisance - and of course it is out of the centre's control. There is no knowing what troublesome individuals might get elected by the local people and these individuals might challenge the plans of the prime minister.

Following Thatcher there have been exercises in presenting to the public the appearance of less decentralization and New Labour's "Regional Development Authorities" in England were an example - although the experiences of many businesses who were supposed to be helped by the RDAs is very mixed. The coalition weighed in and abolished them on taking office and put in place its policy of setting up Local Development Agencies but these are very patchily distributed and this has led to charges of unfairness and of even seeking electoral advantage through them.

The much trumpeted coalition policy of "localism" is a populist policy designed to sideline the democratic decision-making of local authorities. The language of giving power to "local communities" is typically populist, but in practice will not translate in to better representation. Local communities are already represented by the local councilors. The idea that you can sideline those who were locally elected and go over their heads and appeal directly to the people that voted for them is rank nonsense. The agenda can only be the undermining of local democracy. Thatcher would have been proud of this initiative.

 

 


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