MANIFESTO OF A BENEVOLENT DICTATOR

INTRODUCTION

People must start to take more interest in politics.  Apathy is a major enemy of democracy and freedom.  It is rare for the elected UK Government to get more than 40% of the popular vote.  Although in 2017 they did but did not pick up a majority with that good, 42.4%, percentage of the poll.  With a national turnout that has been less than 70% (69% in 2017) of the electorate since 2001, this means that around less than one third of the electorate actually agree, in general terms, with elected government.  In the 2017 Unite trade union vote for their nationally influential leader it was a very close result with his opponent and just 12% of the union members recorded a vote.  We must never forget that Hitler came to power by largely democratic means.  When power was secured, it quickly became first very dangerous, then impossible, to dislodge him.  In our first election after the war the turnout was close to 85%, our fathers new then that not taking care of their democracy was dangerous.  The right to vote was hard won for ordinary men and women.  It is a RIGHT and a DUTY of all citizens to vote if our democracy is to remain healthy.

In Australia voting is compulsory and, as in France, they do allow an “abstain” box on the ballot paper.  One interviewee in 2017 deliberately spoiled his paper, but voted.

With this document, it is my intention to write a comprehensive policy for the future of the UK.  Even though I will assume that I am a Dictator, it will not be too dictatorial.  Unlike most of the Dictator breed in general, I will be Benevolent.  In reading the first completed version and comparing it with the major party manifestos of 2017, I see policies of Conservative, Labour, Liberal Documents and no party included within it.

In the context of revolutionary, neither the Thatcher nor Blair Governments were that revolutionary, domestically, when they had their dominant positions with 100+ majorities.  Thatcher is mainly remembered for taking on the unions, especially the miners and Blair for Iraq.

I recall an Obama speech in which he said that “Government should provide its citizens what they could not provide for themselves”.  To the best of my knowledge this thought was not developed or practiced in any detail.  But to me it means smaller government.  Basic (not low) standards supplemented locally by local choice and taxes.  It does cover all the key areas of spending to which Section 6 of this Manifesto is devoted.

I am probably a more political animal than the next person, but I am not a politician.  A fact that may become obvious as you read this document and why I need to acquire the “dictator” label.  My first venture into politics was joining the Electoral Reform Society to promote the Single Transferable Vote (STV).  Then I was a member of the Conservative party when Edward Heath was PM, perhaps the dying days of the One Nation Tories, and we joined the EU.  I left when Maggie Thatcher started to show her shades of ultra-blue.  I was a Founder Member of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) and was the last Chairman of that party for the Croydon area.  My inclinations remain for realistic economic policies and as much social mitigation of any adverse consequences as possible.  At present, I am not yet a member of the LibDems.  Some of their VERY “liberal” policies grate with me.  I did not vote for them in 2017, I voted tactically and succeeded as the Conservative majority was reduced by one in my constituency.

I often lampooned liberals as being the most illiberal people around.  I may be just confusing that for the passion with which they hold their views.  But it is remarkable that as a small party, supporting STV and needing to cooperate to gain influence and power, that their rank-and-file seem so against “arrangements” and coalitions.  Their leader Jeremy Thorpe declined to cooperate with heath.  In my opinion, they shafted the SDP/Alliance after the post Falkland’s general election, when the SDP was much larger and then their voters shafted their own party for cooperating with Cameron.  Would we have even had Brexit if those voters had not done so?

The LibDems with the Greens and the SNP are wholeheartedly opposing Brexit, so I am heading towards them, but they have got to have a reasonable chance of winning on my constituency or my vote is wasted in our FPTP system.  I appreciate that the Greens have similar anti-Brexit views, but they are more extreme, in my view on their environmental opinions, I say later in this document that I believe that technology can solve most of our energy and environmental problems, if given the political backing, but our breed of politicians does not understand technology.

This Manifesto is an attempt to change the future, by changes in direction and to foresee their impacts and better manage their consequences.  A comprehensive, strategic understanding of the political/economic climate and macro business drivers that condition the future will help determine actions, which “go with the flow” and can thus subtly change the course of the future to the advantage of my life, our country and our world.

Many of the techniques used are part of the progressive approach of analytical thinking that The Open University has done so much to promote with its Systems Thinking courses.  I include much more information on Systems Thinking on my website – http://twentycc.squarespace.com/definition/.

METHODOLOGY

As the Master Document is being created, segments will be released two or three times per week announced via Twitter, with a fuller description on LinkedIn and Facebook.  Each of these will direct the reader to my website, which will contain a version with all the released paragraphs to date.

The much larger, full version of the report to date will be sent to anyone who requests it.

This document’s series of thoughts, where I will concentrate on documenting Objectives and Principles, is the beginning of a progressive and integrated peer into what I would hope to be the future policies of our Governments.  Some suggestions might already be the policy of one party or another.  I believe there are parts of every recent election manifesto, yes every, but some will be new and perhaps some may even be adopted.

I invite feedback.  Therefore, comments are welcome and may be used to strengthen my arguments whether I agree with the comments submitted or not.

I also hope that dialogues will develop on each of the social media sites.