A Traditional Conservative Manifesto
By Gregory Lauder-Frost
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(a) Withdraw from the European Union – the British Parliament cannot act in a sovereign manner until it withdraws from this costly federation. Instead, Britain should join the EFT and other non-political associations for the promotion of trade.
(b) In a blanket all-embracing Repeal of EEC/EU Laws Act, retrospective to 1973, repeal all laws enacted into British law which had their origins in the EEC or the EU.
(c) Restoration of the Treason Act, which will be all-embracing and include Members of Parliament whose actions may be deemed an affront and/or a betrayal of the nation and its sovereignty. This should be retrospective to 1970.
(d) Repeal of all Labour/socialist legislation which was deliberately targetted against the institutions, education systems, heritage and traditions of the British nation, retrospective to 1970. This will include :
(e) Repeal of Blair's House of Lords 'Reform' Bill and will also include the explusion of all those Life Peers created since 1990. Appeals will be considered by a special committee consisting of leading hereditary Peers and appointees made by them. It will be responsible only to the House of Lords.
(f) The appointment of Peers will be removed from number 10 Downing Street. A new office will be established at Buckingham Palace where advisors independent of the House of Commons will consider all nominations for the peerage on their merits. Ministers of all ranks will have no right to demand who will become a Peer. No jobs for the boys.
(g) Whilst possibly not restoring the old legislation against homosexuals, the promotion of homosexuality in any way shape or form publicly will be banned; and this includes marches and public protests which naturally offend all common decency and God. Educationalists teaching children that this is "normal" will be dismissed. All so-called 'rights', such as marriage, etc., awarded since 1967, would be banned.
(h) A Commissison will re-examine devolution to see what evidence there is of prudent financial savings from Great Britain and for better government. If these things cannot be proved; if devolution can be shown to be damaging the union of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in real terms, then the facts will be put to all of the people of Great Britain and a UK-wide devolution abolition referrendum held.
(i) The scaling back and repeal of all ludicrous Health & Safety legislation. A committee of enquiry with a remit of one year only will be established to hear what employers, councils, and local people have to say in this respect.
(j) A re-examination of the decommissioned Royal Yacht Britannia will be made to ascertain whether it is feasible to return it to the service of the Royal Family. If not, a new Royal Yacht will be commissioned and built with all due haste.
(k) The Privy Council will only sit, wherever possible, when the monarch or her/his delegated proxy is in attendance.
(l) All White Papers will be placed before the monarch with plenty of time for consideration by him/her. The British People are also the monarch’s foremost responsibility. The veto may therefore be used at any time in the best interests of the monarch’s subjects.
(2) Foreign Affairs:
(a) The yardstick for all foreign policy must be “is this in Britain’s best interests.” Britain must always be the first consideration.
(b) A withdrawal from all but the most essential (to Britain) international and similar agencies, such as UNESCO. All involvement with the United Nations to virtually cease with the exception of using our veto where necessary.
(c) Abolition of all Overseas Aid. We cannot afford it.
(d) Put the British Commonwealth at the forefront of British foreign policy – Britain’s destiny lies with our former Empire; especially the former Anglosphere Dominions of Australia, New Zealand and Canada. In addition, we have a strong link with the Indian subcontinent. Africa still needs - and wants – Britain to play a role. By reassuming a central role at the head of the Commonwealth, we can defend our interests and the those of our cousins across the World.
(e) Former colonies who request that their countries should once again become British colonies or dominions - accepting that decolonisation has utterly failed - will have their requests seriously considered.
(3) Law & Order:
(a) Reform the whole legal system so that justice becomes first and foremost the object of the exercise, not necessarily precedent, not petty regulations and paper formats and wordings, and not for lining lawyers pockets. This will be a very major undertaking.
(b) Judges who are found to have Communist, Marxist, active socialist and other leanings and ideas detrimental to the nation and to justice will be retired immediately. Legal Aid to be made available for Libel, Defamation and slander.
(c) Restoration of the old laws of attainder and forfeiture.
(d) Restore the Death Penalty, notably for serious crimes against children, terrorism, and treason.
(e) Restore public corporal punishments for minor offences.
(f) Review sentencing for certain serious crimes, notably where drunken or careless drivers kill innocent people.
(g) Review sentencing for Category ‘D’ prisoners taking some guidance from other countries.
(h) Restore marriage – Married families are traditionally the cornerstone of a strong and well-ordered society. Since the 1960’s marriage has been weakened and divorce made easier.
(i) No-fault divorce will be abolished. All divorces will require a fault and all will require exceedingly good reasons before a grant can be made. Inherited money and property will always be exempt from divorce settlements which in any case should not always be 50-50 but based upon the circumstances of the divorce etc.
(j) Restore traditional beat policing – highly visible policing by authoritative Bobbies is essential. We should restore visible foot patrolling in every locality and policemen should be freed to deal with minor disorder.
(k) Political correctness and all forms of leftism must be eliminated 100% from the police force.
(l) All types of road speed cameras will be abolished.
(m) Police must recognise that they are a public service and that the public are not all criminals and targets. The Police must be responsible to society and not visa versa.
(4) Immigration and Race Relations:
(a) Repeal retrospectively to 1965 all Race Relations Legislation and amendments, of whatever nature and whether in stand-alone Acts or submerged in others. (This will include the abolition of every possible facet of the Race Relations 'industry'.)
(b) A new Immigration Act which will halt all non-European immigration, and set up an effective framework and well-funded scheme for repatriations, as promised in the 1970 Conservative Party General Election Manifesto.
(c) All immigrants and/or children of immigrants found to be living in council housing and totally reliant on State benefits will be deported within 3 months to their natural homelands.
(d) Work Permits of up to 5 years will be available to native European peoples. Requirements will include being permanently employed while here and not taking a position which a British person could occupy.
(e) A replacement British Nationality Act will be enacted repealing the 1948 Act. Retrospective assessment of immigration settlements since 1970 will be undertaken to assess whether immigrants should have been allowed to stay. (The new Nationality Act may strip citizenships awarded in that period with the proviso that immigrants and their offspring apply for the nationality of their natural homelands.)
(a) Proscription of active Marxists, socialists etc., from all those subjects within educational establishments where their dogma might be advanced. Subjects such as mathematics and chemistry, for instance, would be exempt.
(b) No card-carrying socialists, or anyone on the political Left, will be permitted to head educational establishments.
(c) All history and social sciences books by Marxists and other subversives will be withdrawn and banned from all education establishments.
(d) Reinforcement of the 1948 Education Act provisions for acts of Christian Worship in all schools. Staff refusing to enforce this will be dismissed and will never again be permitted to work in the education sector.
(e) Remove funding from all but State Schools and Christian State-Assisted schools.
(f) Restore the Assisted Places Scheme.
(g) Restore Grammar Schools, as a top priority. Grammar Schools now in other uses by the State will be restored to their original use and the present incumbents removed elsewhere. Consideration should be given to the repurchase, where practical, of Grammar Schools which had been sold. Full and immediate funding for round-the-clock kitting out and refurbishments.
(h) Universities - will have the right to set their own entrance examinations.
(i) All universities will have to introduce means-testing for a respectable number of bright but poor students for assistance where parents cannot afford it.
(j) Restore corporal punishment in schools.
(k) Repeal the Conservative Party's legislation creating Polytechnics and other colleges 'universities'. Such places will revert to being polytechnics.
(l) Restore the National Apprenticeship Scheme.
(m) Pupils wishing to study subjects which will ultimately neither benefit society nor themselves will fund the study themselves and will not qualify for any grants.
(n) All cultural subjects, such as music, art, etc., will qualify for special addition funding at tertiary level.
(o) History and music will become compulsory subjects to GCSE level. The emphasis from age 5 will be on the children understanding and learning about our nation and its achievements.
(6) Finances & Taxation:
(a) Extortion - a new law of extortion will be introduced. This will be aimed at, for instance, loan companies, credit card companies and banks charging fantastic rates of interest and excessive charges for services.
(b) Reintroduce labelling on all packaged products stating the recommended retail price (RRP).
(c) Banks - executives and traders found to be responsible for banks principal losses and/or liquidation will be dismissed and unable to work in the finance sector ever again. They will also be subject to forfeiture. No bank employee will be permitted, in law, to a bonus of any description if it can be demonstrated that under his personal management people have lost money as a result.
(d) No banks will ever be bailed out by HM Government. A bank is a business and if it fails it fails.
(e) All taxes should be lowered as government involvement in our lives decreases. All people earning less than £15000 will be exempt from taxation.
(f)A flat-rate tax for all of 23% and abolition of higher rates. That is fair and means that every pound earned is taxed at the same rate. Higher rate taxes are an envy-based socialist idea and should not be entertained.
(g) Indirect taxes such as VAT and fuel duty must be slashed.
(h) Base interest rates must remain low. This would allow for the creative energies and talents of the British people to explode forth into the world, increasing our income, wealth and prosperity.
Government policy has deliberately undermined the institution of marriage by removing financial incentives and by forcing women to choose work over raising children. Lack of financial support and the associated strains are perhaps the biggest cause of failure in otherwise happy marriages. To tackle this, we should:
(i) Restore the Married Man’s Tax Allowance - which would effectively double a breadwinner’s tax allowance and make it possible for women to make the brave an admirable choice of staying home to raise their family. Together with lower taxes and more stable jobs, families can be helped to stay strong and stay together.
(j) Tax breaks for empty shops and empty offices will be abolished. This will result in movement rather than stagnation.
(k) All inheritance taxes will be abolished and such taxation will not be replaced by Capital Transfer Tax. Parents who wish to award gifts to their children and/or other family at any time during their lifetimes may do so unhindered by any forms of taxation and without the current 7 year limits etc. "A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children's children." Prov. 13:22a.
(l) A special commission should be established to consider the full restitution of properties lost to families as a result of penal taxation since, say, 1960. This may result in government repurchasing properties in order to restore them, wherever possible, to those they were stolen from via iniquitous taxation.
(7) Local Government:
(a) Will have to justify their spending. A roving audit commission will be established immediately for flying visits.
No heads of local government or senior administrators thereof will be permitted a greater salary than the Prime Minister and other ministers.
(b) All posts delaing with equalities and minorities will be abolished immediately as everyone in the country has normal recourse to the law in these matters.
(c) Council taxes: a review is urgently required of services in relation to what is paid. Currently people in cities & towns get preferential treatment and have better services overall yet country folk pay the same taxes. This must stop.
No local authority will have the right to ask for anyone to be gaoled for being unable to pay their council tax. Other methods of addressing this subject must be found. Instant back-room summonses and ncreased costs against people already having difficulties in relation to Council Tax non-payment will be forbidden.
(d) Planning: The milking of the taxpayer by local government in planning issues must stop. National Government must not be able to use any legislation to override local planning except in extreme emergency, such as war or natural disaster. All planning applications MUST come before the local authority and if refused, that will be final.
(e) Parking: No parking fines anywhere in Britain may exceed £50. Over-zealous parking wardens treating the British people as easy targets will be dismissed and never again permitted to work in the public sector. Council officials offering incentives to traffic wardens for ticketting as many cars as they can find will be dismissed under the same rules. All motorists will be afforded a reasonable amount of time to return to their vehicles in the event of the expiry of their paid time before aticket can be issued.
(f) Clamping will become illegal.
(g) Halt the construction of all out-of-town shopping compexes and vast supermarkets including those in the pipeline.
(h) Encourage town councils, financially if necessary, to build and provide free parking blocks in towns so that our towns and cities do not die.
(i) Affordable housing is a necessity. Empty houses and flats which are found to have been empty for more than 18 months will be subject to compulsory purchase for the provision of affordable housing and may be sold at less than their market value accordingly, or let by local authorities or Housing Associations. All council housing stocks will be formed into Housing Associations (HA) to whom people must apply hereafter for housing.
(j) Housing Benefits: All tenants and prospective tenants will have to sign a consent document for the HA to contact all banks and building societies and government bond agencies at least once every 24 months to enquire upon tenants' assets. Every 24 months all tenants will be required to complete a new assessment demonstrating that they need to remain in subsidised housing. Excessive Housing Benefit payments must cease. People living in properties they would not normally be able to afford even when working, or properties clearly too large for them will have their benefits stopped.
(k) Repeal legislation forcing local authorities to house anyone other than ethnically British people. The world must eb told that we have provided social housing for OUR people, only.
Restore Britain's military prowess to enable us to properly defend Great Britain and her dependencies abroad. We need to spend approximately an additional 2% GDP on defence each year. This would allow us to rebuild a strong Royal Navy capable of operating in significant numbers across the globe in defence of British and Commonwealth interests. On top of this, we can ensure that all our Armed Services have the best equipment and care that money can buy.
Once a level of self-sufficiency is obtained, withdrawal from NATO and all its obligations. Full armed neutrality for Britain.
(a) Our shipbuilding and coal industries will be revived with government assistance where necessary. A condition of employment therein will be that there will be one single union formed at each place of employment for all negotiations of whatever nature with the employer. National unions will be outlawed in new or restored industries. Employers will recommend wages which may not reflect the excessive wages of the past which made these industries uneconomical. Coal in particular needs a revival and we should be aimin to cut out imports. With other heavy industries, tax breaks should be considered.
(b) Railways - will be renationalised and fares will be brought into line with the major European railways. Fully restore the railways freight capacities, especially parcels and restore parcels vans to regular trains. Long distance trains must have a van where heavy luggage can be placed rather than the current hopeless scenarios in ordinary carriages. Strikes on the railways will be outlawed.
A Commission will be established to examine NHS bureacracy and spending and their recommendations, whenever made, must be acted upon immediately. Smaller hospitals will be brought back into full use wherever possible. It will be deemed unacceptable for anyone in Britain to have to travel great distances for ordinary everyday matters which could be dealt with locally. Britain's NHS is for ALL its people, not just for those in large towns and cities.
(11) Welfare State:
(a) Single-parent benefits of every description will be abolished. Ordinary benefits will apply to all. Unemployment, sickness and incapacity benefits will all be standardised at one level.
(b) The Disabled: Cars, at the State's expense, for the disabled will be abolished. People applying for disabled car badges will have to demonstrate to an independent observer that they are unable to walk a reasonable distance. If covert investigations discover that they are lying they will be subject not only to the loss of the badge but incur a huge fine. Cars with disabled badges will no longer be able to park on a double yellow line.
(12) Electricty supplies:
The halting of all wind farm constructions however big or small, including applications in the pipeline for an indefinite period, as uneconomic semi-industrial blots on our traditional and beautiful landscapes.
Immediate construction of new power stations either nuclear or coal or a combination of both.
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