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Old May 21st, 2009, 08:46 AM   #1
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Dirk's Party Manifesto

On an idea from Deanhills, i decided to create an imaginary party of my own. The thing is, would you support it?

If yes, say why?

If no, say why not, and suggest an alternative for it.

I called it the "Humanitarian Alliance".

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Old May 21st, 2009, 08:49 AM   #2
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Governmental Structure:

House of Lords entirely demolished. Elected house put in place with equal powers as the House of Commons. Renamed "Second Legislative House".

Monarchy abolished. [COLOR=#005177]Royal Family is not provided for by the taxpayer.

Electoral reform:

All constituencies are measured by population and borders are amended by an independent commission every year.

Both houses are elected completely independently.

Commons elections in Mid-spring (specific date up for debate) and 2nd Legislative in Mid-Autumn (ditto last parenthesis).

[COLOR=#005177]General Elections take place once EVERY YEAR. For both houses. Local council elections every Summer.

If a member dies, elections to replace the member occur ASAP. 2 weeks allowed for campaigning in local area.

Cabinet to be proportionate of members by political party.

Unspecified form of Proportional Representation to be introduced for all elections (type up for debate).

Environment:

Renewable and sustainable energy programme implemented ASAP.

Promises not to build any more nuclear power stations and will introduce referendum for disassembling current stations. If no, increased spending on safety devices and measures.

Extension of public transport systems. Public transport to be put under control of LOCAL Government. No charges on ANY form of public transport.

Abolition of congestion charges in London. Complete ban of private cars in London and other major city centres.

Air travel charges not to increase. Kept artificially low to allow working class to travel internationally. Air travel within Britain by passenger quota only.

Fairer taxation:

Abolish poll tax completely.

Income tax increased.

Corporation tax increased.

Religious institutions not given tax exemption.

European Union:

Referendums on every [COLOR=#005177]EU law . Law only agreed to if British people are in favour.

Repeated referendum on joining the Euro. Repeated every five years.

Government control:

CCTV web minimalised, if not entirely removed.

ID card scheme abolished.

Riot gear disposed of and guarantee not to use police to control demonstrations.

Police funding decreased.

Lib Dem Freedom Bill made law.

All Anti-Terror laws repealed.

International Policy:

All imperialist wars to be condemned.

Removal of troops from Iraq and Afghanistan.

Apology to Iraqi people for unlawful attack of their nation.

"Special relationship" with USA nullified.

All US nuclear weapons removed from British soil.

Condemnation of " [COLOR=#005177]missile defence " system.

Call for George Bush to be prosecuted for war crimes. Atrocities committed against Iraqi civilian non-combatants, prisoners-of-war and massacre of Iraqi and Afghan citizens condemned.

Cuba recognised and trade channels opened.

Calls for greater human rights worldwide.

Prison reform:

Implementation of rehabilitation centres.

"Criminal" cases fully reviewed.

Criminals moved to Psychiatric hospitals. Prisons converted to psychiatric hospitals.

Murderers kept in for life.

Other criminals released when considered reformed by an independent psychiatric panel/board/commission (which one is up for debate).

Visits by friends and family allowed at all times. Time restriction at one hour, but lenient.

Telephone calls allowed. One per day. One received call per day. (Screening yes/no up for debate)

Worthless memorabilia transfers allowed between prisoners and friends/family. Inspected for secret compartments and smuggling covers. Also, potential for weaponisation.

Letters and photos allowed.

Exercise regularly and voluntary.

Prisoners kept in humane conditions but with no luxuries.

Showers available.

Nutritious meals. Vegetarian/Vegan alternatives.

Prisoners are patients and subject to regulations of individual hospitals. Criminals are kept with the rest of the crazies until recovery.

Permanent lawful behaviour is thus ensured, rather than simply seeing prison as a middle house between stretches Outside.

End to 'positive discrimination'

Equality is a civil right but equality goes two ways.

Reform the NHS:

The NHS provides universal healthcare to all as part of the welfare state. Nobody is excluded from treatment.

Devolution/Independence:

More powers given to [COLOR=#005177]Scottish Parliament , Welsh Assembly and Northern Ireland.

Increased funding for respective activities.

Referendum for Scottish independence every five years. Only Scottish residents. Similar offer to Wales and NI, on request.

As part of decentralisation policies on the basis that local Governments understand local issues better, all Governments given greater independence.

Reconstruction of the Union as a federal union.

Licence fees:

All terrestrial television charges paid by local government for local residents - opt-in system.

International aid:

20% of British people cannot afford three meals per day. British people given first priority.

Food surpluses given to third-world countries as aid.

Immigration:

Multi-cultural policy - immigrants welcomed. After 5-year residence, allowed to claim British citizenship.

National Minimum Wage includes immigrants.

Residence status confirmed quickly and officially.

Passport control to Europe abolished.

Recognition of immigrants as an economic asset.

Welfare reform:

Personal care for the elderly is universal and is not means-tested.

Single-parent families given first priority, followed by pensioners.

NHS is universal and provided by LOCAL Government. PPPP schemes completely abolished.

National Minimum Wage increased.

Education:

College course to make up extra grades missed in High school/comprehensive schools

Uniforms abolished.

Private schools abolished. Extension of state-school system.

Home-schooling allowed from after fourth year in comprehensive school.

Evolution is taught in science classrooms. Creationism is reserved for [COLOR=#005177]Religious Education classes.

Sex education to be taught at school's discretion.

Head Teacher decisions allowed to be vetoed by Parent or Teacher council. Direct democracy in these councils.

(More policies coming)

Please discuss openly. Where it says "up for debate", feel free to suggest something, as specified. Also, do you agree with the policies? What do you like/dislike especially? (Sorry i didn't include a poll).
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Old May 21st, 2009, 09:06 AM   #3
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Here are some more:

Allow representatives to be sued for libel if they fail to fulfil or attempt to fulfil election promises.

Abolish university tuition fees

Abolition of DNA database, at least for non-criminals

Conversion of privatised businesses into Workers' Cooperatives

A system of ecological economics (eco-economics) is brought in, which enforces fair pay. For example, an employee with administrative responsibilities is paid the same amount as a worker that does the equivalent of importance, intensity and hours as a labourer with the same cooperative. Cooperatives compete for the best pay when attracting employees to expand the business, or make it more efficient.

Welfare benefits are organised and distributed by local Governments/councils. Provides more direct democratic controls by beneficiaries. Services like local network of hospitals also included.

Public transport to be controlled by a network of democratically and locally elected worker's soviets. Independent from Government control. Relies on local Government funding.

More to come...
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Old May 21st, 2009, 09:25 AM   #4
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Disassemblement of all nuclear weapons.

Britain only - abolition of Party whip system.

Britain only - Negotiate with Argentina on shared ownership of Falkland Islands. Otherwise, buy islands from Argentina to make British sovereignty official and avoid future disagreements.

Begin gradual abolition of armed forces. Mechanism set up to find economically important jobs for unemployed former armed forces workers. This will benefit the economy, cut military expenditure almost completely and save the working taxpayer a lot of money.

TA (or American equivalent?) renamed "Defence Force". Soldier numbers restricted (to what number is up for debate)

Military equipment to be sold to responsible country or destroyed. (which is up for debate)

Britain - Royal Mail to be fully nationalised and renamed. (name up for debate)

Ensure clear separation of Church and State

Completely abolish the death penalty, even for "treason"

Decriminalise cannabis

Decriminalise but regulate MDMA

Abolition of all "first class" compartments on public transport.

Encourage Recycling

"First class" mail renamed "urgent mail"

Release a new Declaration of the Universal Rights of Man (and Woman), and ratify it as law, subject to amendment.

Murderers separated from all other mental health hospital patients in a separate "psychosis ward", isolated from non-murderers.

Implement price controls on vital utilities like electricity, heating and warm water.

Court appeal for murderers allowed only if at least one of the following is true:
*new evidence in their favour
*murder may be proved entirely accidental
*Proof of corrupt investigation
*Other circumstances up for debate
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Old May 24th, 2009, 11:36 PM   #5
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Dirk, it's too lengthy. Can you summarize it in 10 or less sentences? I gather you want to start the party in the UK and not Germany, why?
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Old May 25th, 2009, 07:53 AM   #6
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Dirk, it's too lengthy. Can you summarize it in 10 or less sentences? I gather you want to start the party in the UK and not Germany, why?
Germany's a little bit conservative sometimes. There's a lot of issues with neo-nazis to be honest. And we have a left-wing that's growing in strength. But Britain doesn't. It's left is small and fractured. Which is why few people vote for them.

I can summarise it in three words - Liberal Socialist Democracy.

A few main points:

*Peace and Pacifism
*Liberty and freedom
*Emancipation of the working class
*Putting workers in control of the economy
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Old May 26th, 2009, 08:46 PM   #7
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Germany's a little bit conservative sometimes. There's a lot of issues with neo-nazis to be honest. And we have a left-wing that's growing in strength. But Britain doesn't. It's left is small and fractured. Which is why few people vote for them.

I can summarise it in three words - Liberal Socialist Democracy.

A few main points:

*Peace and Pacifism
*Liberty and freedom
*Emancipation of the working class
*Putting workers in control of the economy
This is interesting, and also new to me. What does emancipation of the working class and putting workers in control of the economy mean?
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Old May 27th, 2009, 08:24 AM   #8
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This is interesting, and also new to me. What does emancipation of the working class and putting workers in control of the economy mean?
Emancipation is a liberation. Freedom.

Putting workers in control of the economy would be through worker's cooperatives and public services controlled by independent worker's soviets, elected locally through direct democracy.
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Germany's a little bit conservative sometimes. There's a lot of issues with neo-nazis to be honest. And we have a left-wing that's growing in strength. But Britain doesn't. It's left is small and fractured. Which is why few people vote for them.

I can summarise it in three words - Liberal Socialist Democracy.

A few main points:

*Peace and Pacifism
*Liberty and freedom
*Emancipation of the working class
*Putting workers in control of the economy

Pacifism just does not work for me. I could and never would live that way.

And I don't believe in the Liberal or Socialist part at all. That goes down like warm sour milk with me.

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Pacifism just does not work for me. I could and never would live that way.

And I don't believe in the Liberal or Socialist part at all. That goes down like warm sour milk with me.
Pacifism or imperialism? War? Hate?

Liberal as in Libertarianism, Dodge. Sorry, it's the same thing in Europe. Should have specified.

Socialism or neoliberalism?

Libertarianism or Authoritarianism?

I think my ideals are very logical and very moral.
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Pacifism or imperialism? War? Hate?

Liberal as in Libertarianism, Dodge. Sorry, it's the same thing in Europe. Should have specified.

Socialism or neoliberalism?

Libertarianism or Authoritarianism?

I think my ideals are very logical and very moral.

[COLOR=#bf0080]Maybe there are just too many labels for some of the same things.
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Also interesting that liberal and libertarian is the same thing over there.

Libertarian is seen as right wing here.
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[COLOR=#bf0080]Maybe there are just too many labels for some of the same things.
I disagree with some key issues of your liberalism.
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Also interesting that liberal and libertarian is the same thing over there.

Libertarian is seen as right wing here.
That is because Americans associate libertarianism with neoliberalism.
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I disagree with some key issues of your liberalism.
Yeah I know. I need to be liberated from our liberal government.
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Emancipation is a liberation. Freedom.

Putting workers in control of the economy would be through worker's cooperatives and public services controlled by independent worker's soviets, elected locally through direct democracy.
Yuck! That sounds pretty awful. How can people be both free and be regulated at the same time? Cooperatives and public services always comes with millions of rules and regulations.
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It's okay Deanhills. Human nature will be sufficiently advanced in a few hundred years [sarcasm off...because my nerdiness is failing me and I can't remember how to do the fake code for "end sarcasm"]

*Edit - I see that this could be read as a bile-filled insult instead of a good natured jib...so I'll destroy any slight humor this has by pointing out that it's a little jib.

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It's okay Deanhills. Human nature will be sufficiently advanced in a few hundred years [sarcasm off...because my nerdiness is failing me and I can't remember how to do the fake code for "end sarcasm"]

*Edit - I see that this could be read as a bile-filled insult instead of a good natured jib...so I'll destroy any slight humor this has by pointing out that it's a little jib.
Do you think we will make the few hundred years? The way we are destroying mother earth, wonder whether our species will survive a hundred years?
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We'll survive in one way or another. Humanity has made it this long. We might kill 98% of the population, but we're not too unlike cockroaches. 2% or so should always make it out alive to rebuild.
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We'll survive in one way or another. Humanity has made it this long. We might kill 98% of the population, but we're not too unlike cockroaches. 2% or so should always make it out alive to rebuild.
True. Good that they have some back-up in space too for a few selected survivors to park outside earth in case of severe calamity. Wish they could expand on this.
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