The Proper Party Manifesto – a Party Manifesto for Guaranteed Election Success
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On this, the day of the 2015 general election, I am interested in what will unfold over the next 24 hours, and in honour of all my earnest politician bashing, I’ve put my money where my mouth is, and written my own proper party manifesto. It’s called the proper party. Because we believe in doing what is right or proper, never mind politics, politicians or even re-election.
Politicians are an interesting breed, almost alien in their demeanour, they inhabit a world so very different from those they pretend to serve. Very few people, other than those who work in the political arena understand their motives or their language. Politics used to be about principles, politics used to be about doing the right thing. Those who entered politics soon found themselves servants to the game.
Nowadays, like almost everything else in modern narcissistic society, politics has become just another popularity contest. Individuals are voted in becasue they look good, becasue they are funny, or because they come across well on camera, not becasue they have any moral fibre, or because they have integrity and ‘tell it like it is’ (nigel farage wins some votes on this last point). As they have made the jostle for popularity their primary aim, in recent times the poilitical parties are becoming pastiche; something evidenced by the dissolving of the two major parties’ power, and the voting pubic’s inability to see what any party can offer them over another.
The platitudes aren’t working.
If I were to go ino politics and form the “Proper Party”, my manifesto is aimed at the people, benefitting them, being honest about our issues, and talking sense for once. The people in power might not appreciate my actions, but I don’t doubt that I would get votes, shake things up, and move politics into a sphere where it does what it is supposed to; serve the people.
I bet you’re all champing at the bit to hear my ten point manifesto, aren’t you? Read on, and Ill explain.
The princiapl effort is to improve the efficiency of the UK and the UK economy, to remove the barriers to exchange or to lubricate them, to make them more frictionless. This will mean a wholesale dismantiling of government and its bureacratic reach, dissolving the power of the banking system, and restoring the power to the marletplace.
1. Abolish Income Tax
The Proper Party wants to do everything it can to encourage individuals and businesses to be as productive as possible, so any discouragement of prouctive work via taxation will be avoided. We may choose to tax where that money is spent, but we want to encourage as many as possible to make money for themselves. Where efficiencies can be made, companies will make them.
2. Tax Pollution not Carbon Dioxide
The current government seems to have its knickers in a twist about pollution, yet it’s not sure what pollution is. It is carbon dioxide, or it is particulates and oxides of nitrogen and sulphur? The last time I checked, carbon dioxide was essential to plants which are essential to oxygen production which is essential to animal life on this planet, including human beings.
Having pushed people into buying diesel cars, London councils are now trying to penalise diesel cars for their particulate emissions. Carbon dixoide taxation is a tax on consumption, a tax on production and a tax on wealth. Those who use oil and oil products will be taxed, and those with large engined cars (the rich) will be taxed. Those who do nothing will not be taxed.
This Party believes in allowing the market to find the correct solutions to pollution, and as such we will aim to tax pollution at source. Toxic emissions (excluding CO2, which is a natural gas) will be taxed at source.
3. Reduce the Size of Government
Government is an overhead which restrict the economy on the UK. It is in inefficient spender of resources which it levies from the population in taxes. A smaller government means less taxation required to pay for it. A smaller govern,net means less interference in an otherwise free market. More disposable income by the General public means they are empowered to spend their own money in ways which they see fit.
There is not such thing as ‘free, ’healthcare’, ’free’ education, or even a ’free’ lunch. You can have the government spend your money on your behalf in the wildly inefficient NHS, of you can spend it yourself. You can have the government spend your money on your behalf in schools, or you can spend it yourself. Do you think a government organised body managing eduction will be more or less efficient than a small local school beholden to its local, fee paying parents?
Removing the government decision making returns these essentials to the free market which allows efficiencies and cost savings all round.
4. Remove all Subsidies
remove all subsidies including foregn aid policies. In their place introduce a truly free market economy which allows the global market to operate, a global market which is best placed to organise capital. Scrap EU subsidies (if necessary the UK would leave the EU). This means an end to subsidies for businesses, farming, transport, housing, the banking sector and its clients (in the form of bailouts and the financial services compensation scheme), electric or green vehicles, renewable power industries, the arts, music, wildlife, etc all government grants and subsidies would be abolished, and people required to fend for themselves in the world of business.
As a result of having reduced taxation, individuals would not only have more money to spend on matters which they saw as important, hey would be more aware how they were responsible for their actions.
How do you feel when you see someone collecting for charity, or begging for loose change? Would you like to be in a position where you could help them, but feel the government takes so much if your money as it is, that you feel that it is the government’s problem To sort out? You’re not alone. At present, the government has a monopoly on compassion. We have outsourced our charitable giving to a government body, and in so doing we have lost part of our humanity; helping out our fellow human beings, and supporting the communities we live within.
5. Scrap the FSCS, and Remove Onerous Regulation from the Banking and Financial Sector
When banks fail, allow them and their shareholders to go under. After such an effect, customers would look to banks to be more accountable; more prudent, and they would be more interested in banking, finance, and the security of their own capital. Caveat Emptor. Banks themseves would need to change the way they work, and would have to revise their decision-making or risk going bust. Once a major institution went broke, along with shareholders money, people would be far more interested in asking questions of their banks, and would get satisfactory answers, or go elsewhere and find a safer way to store their wealth. The free market must be allowed to weed out the weak and irresponsible players. To allow the FSCS to prevail is not such a bad idea, but the money must be transferred from the failing bank into a government holding account and the bank allowed to go bankrupt.
Regulation is very dangerous. It gives people the idea that somebody else is keeping an eye on proceedings, and lures people into a false sense of security. It also removes responsibility from businesses, responsibility for acting in sensible ways. If banks and financial institutions are shown to be the short term, gains grabbing, get rich quick artists, people may view them differently in future, and may decide to deal with other institutions.
6. Allow the General Public to choose what it uses as Legal Tender.
Allow the marketplace to decide what is the preferred currency or currencies of choice. Not just the british pound, but other currencies can be chosen – gold, cryptocurrencies, airmiles, whatever the individual chooses to be paid in.
7. Legalise All drugs, and release all prison inmates who are serving sentences for Drug Posession.
Criminalising people who want to escape the craziness of the world through drugs and alcohol is not a solution to the underlying problem. There is a malaise, and it should be tackled. Legalise all drugs and allow people to choose for themselves what they do with their lives. Give them the facts,
8. Re-Nationalise Natural Monopoly Businesses
Re-nationalise trains, roads, water supply etc. No more costly subsidies to monopoly businesses. No more selling of the family silver to the creditors of PPI and PFI schemes. National monopoly services should belong to the people, and the money we spend on our services should go back to the country, not to foreign investors, and when the majority of the money supply is on loan from private banks. This (seignorage) money should be recirculated into the government’s coffers, not taken away by private companies.
9. Public ‘make the place look nice’ Fund
Every city would have a fund which would be required to make public space appealing. Flowers, parks, recreational spaces, outdoor sports facilities, removing unsightly plastic bags from trees etc, tidying up litter in public places, cleaning up dog poo, and generally making towns and cities look nicer than they are.
London gets a lot of money spent on it. The rest of the UK, not so much. This would change, encouraging people to take more care of their Cities.
Petty criminals would spend 6 months working on the chain gang giving back to society, cleaning up rubbish, mowing lawns, painting, sanding, getting involved doing something useful for society.
Good luck to all parties today, you’re going to need it! It’s too late to implement my wonderful ideas, but maybe next time around?
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