With Labour no longer providing a credible opposition party, the Tories breaking manifesto promises and UKIP infighting yet again, there has arguably never been a better time (or a more pressing need) for a new, dynamic political party to fill the void.
The gaping chasm in British politics is stark and with rumours swirling that Leave.EU founder Arron Banks is looking to break away from UKIP to form a party modelled on Italy’s Five Star Movement, it got us thinking about what a radical, common sense alternative could look like.
We scribbled down a few ‘policy commitments’ we might offer were Shy Society a political party – all purely hypothetical of course.
Would you vote for us?
- Conclude EU departure.
Exit the European Union, Single Market and customs union with a commitment to agreeing a controlled immigration policy as well as securing lucrative trade deals with the economically expanding parts of the world
- Reform UK politics.
A pledge to hold a referendum by 2025 on reforming Britain’s electoral system from First Past the Post to a new, fairer model such as proportional representation (PR). Democracy would be enriched and the electorate engaged in politics like never before by ensuring that every vote really does matter
- Crackdown on Islamism.
Political Islam is permeating many aspects of British society and our message would be clear: Muslims are as welcome as anybody else as long as Western values are respected and adhered to and a greater effort to integrate is made like other immigrant communities have successfully done. We would follow other European countries in banning the divisive burka and niqab in public places as well as shutting down legal systems running parallel to our own such as Sharia Law and ending the foreign funding of mosques from corrupt nations like Saudi Arabia
- Restore defences.
An increased military budget in response to the unstable world within which we now live. But with an emphasis on defence rather than offence; UK troops would not engage in any conflict unless it is truly in ours and others best interests. No more meddling in the Middle East which has acted as a recruitment tool for Islamic terror organisations. Replenish our depleted British Army with a commitment to funding and renewing Trident
- War on political correctness.
The only war we would be declaring is on the political correctness which is now endemic in British society. A centralised drive to end this shameful practice with an emphasis on freedom of speech which targets, among other places, local government, our education system and the wider public sector
- A British education system.
Major reforms of the education system such as the abolition of faith schools which encourage segregation and the reintroduction of grammar schools. Also a particular focus on expanding the curriculum to include a more balanced worldview on things like slavery, colonialism and mass historical atrocities
- Scrap BBC licence fee.
No longer can this be justified in the new world of digital media where habits for consuming news have changed beyond all recognition. The BBC budget would be halved and extensive restructuring introduced so that the BBC returns to the cutting-edge journalism it was once famed for – free from political bias, red tape and liberal bureaucracy.
- Slash foreign aid.
Drastically cut the foreign aid budget. Spend more of our money on the British people, especially the homeless and military veterans. End the days of sending money to nuclear powers like India with their own space programme
- Transform House of Lords.
Peers are unelected, overpaid and unrepresentative of British society. The House of Lords as it stands at present would be scrapped and in its place would be a modern, representative model which is fit-for-purpose, accountable and free from corruption and malpractice – while still able to hold the House of Commons to account
- Ditch the Barnett formula.
With English taxpayers wanting an end to subsidising Scotland, and many Scottish people wanting independence and total financial control, now is the time to ditch this grossly unfair and outdated funding formula. Adopted by Labour in the 1970s, it awards Scots on average 22% more just for living north of the border. No more
- Capital punishment reintroduced.
Rehabilitation works in a general sense but we believe that for the most serious of convicted crimes – such as paedophilia, mass murder and terrorism – the death penalty should be reintroduced to ease the burden on the taxpayer and release vital space in our already overcrowded prisons
Let us know which policies you like, which you dislike, and which policies we might not have covered! Would you vote for us? Comment in the box below…
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