‘These politicians are all clowns’ we are told and yet I look at the party manifestos and see lots of good in the Labour Party, the Liberal Democrats and The Green Party. They would be a perfect three way coalition at the next election, benefiting everyone who needs it (I’ll forgive the Lib Dems with time, Nick Clegg has some good ideas but he did sell his soul to Thatcher’s Britain). Let’s face it the Tories represent the worst portion of society – the rich and the selfish. And it’s the selfish part of that description that sickens me.
As far as Tory policy goes it seems to me its – those that are already wealthy enough never to work again should get tax breaks that make them richer and make the poor worker ants (that’s you and me by the way) get poorer and more grateful just for having a low paid, zero hour contract job whilst removing the health safety net of those poor workers by privatising the NHS (by selling it to private firms that they have interests in or their mates do, signing deals that mean the poorly paid, taxed people fund the new long term contracts with private companies running the NHS, offered to poorer people for poorer services) and spitting in the faces of everyone and standing public and proud as they do it.
But what kind of country do we want? I don’t care about party politics, well I do when there is a general election but then I am forced to choose between groups of people, with an agenda that promise us what they think we want.
So rather than tell you who I’ll vote for, because I’m still teetering on undecided, I’ll tell you what the fuck I want. This is my manifesto, a voters manifesto, this is what a working class bloke in a working class area with a below himself job would ask of the next government:
I want changes to taxation that means that people earning 15,000 or less a year pays no income tax at all. We need a cost of living line drawn in the sand and I think that would do it. A person, living alone, could work on 15,000 a year – tax free and pay the bills. Is that too much to ask? 15k is fuck all compared to the salaries of the people who make the low paid pay tax and dance a merry dance for state help. It needs to be changed and it needs to be changed immediately.
Abolish inheritance tax completely. The person who just died has worked all of their lives to accumulate the wealth they have be it a quid or a million and it should go to their family and chosen beneficiaries. If a person has paid tax on the earnings, what is left is theirs. So when they die, it’s their families. They’ve done their bit by working hard and raising children who are now tax payers, and parents to future tax payers.
A 50% income tax rate on all people earning more than £100,000 a year, a 60% rate of income tax on people earning more than £1,000,000 a year and a 70% tax rate on people earning more than £5m a year and a fine of £1,000,000 for every £1000 kept illegally in offshore bank accounts on top of any criminal sentence for people hiding UK earnings from the treasury. A fine that never goes away and a lifetime of bankruptcy to avoid the creation of any future failing, puppet, money laundering companies.
A fine of £1bn for any corporation that has global turnover of more than £1bn a year that is found to be hiding or avoiding corporation tax. – We all know about the famous Google, Starbucks etc etc corporations that refuse to pay tax or move to Eire and set up a new head office. Well I believe that the threat of these companies leaving the UK and costing us jobs is very short term and another entity would move into their territory pretty damned quickly. “We’ll leave” I say “Fuck off” Let the dragons in the Dragons Den mop up 30% gross margin instead of your 70% gross margin on a captive market, fuck big business and its empty threats. Create a vacuum by leaving and that vacuum will be filled and benefit large, medium or smaller businesses on a national, regional or local level.
The legal writing of a national constitution for Britain that holds true, for ever, the right to human equality, dignity and the opposition of hatred along sexual, ethnic, religious and national lines.
A complete freedom of speech. You have a right to say what you want and hear what you don’t want to too. That’s freedom of speech.
A guarantee that the state will never re-impose the death penalty whether we are in or out of the European Union, we respect human dignity regardless of how long we have to lock it up.
A secular education system that teaches about all subjects including major religions but isn’t governed by any of them. And the outlaw of all faith schooling in the UK.
The individual freedom of religious belief or lack of them and that being a completely un-opposable freedom.
The freedom of anonymous internet usage where no one has committed or is suspected of a crime on or offline. No ones internet history should be collected or stored or used to sell them goods or services.
No more publicly funded or hosted nuclear missiles. In a NATO alliance we can rely on our allies.
An end to foreign wars where the perpetrator does not threaten our sovereignty or security as a state. We should only offer humanitarian assistance to innocent people who are involved in foreign wars and offer them refuge where it is needed.
The opening of trading markets with every free and fair nation on Earth. Iran or Cuba are only a threat because we are told they are. Give them a chance to prove or disprove the rumours against them.
The encouragement of liberty and human dignity in all nations on Earth. The forcibly imposed democracy by the West offers nothing but hatred based on the methods we use; peaceful, supportive methods of freedom work better.
The reduction of use of fossil fuels and the increasing use of recycling of all non perishable refuse. Solar and wind power to be legally required in all industrial and domestic situations where they are viable.
Heavy marketing and promotion of all of our home grown talent and business interests where they can offer help be it industrial, medicinal, scientific, technological or sporting.
A reduction in corporation tax on companies turning over £2m a year or less and an increase on companies turning over £10m, £50m, £100m in incremental steps to reflect their wealth and capability to support the society that made them that money.
I could go on,
I am an opinionated ass hole,
But the system could do more and what I’m trying to say is, read the manifestos of the parties before you vote in May. You can call them bullshit artists and say they don’t mean it but the manifesto is what we’ll judge them on. And they will have to live or die by what they say, regardless of what the papers print.
We’ll all know, and we’ll all know who to trust too. I stand by my pledges that are mere hopes.