MANIFESTO OF A BENEVOLENT DICTATOR

1.    Our Grave Situation

1.1    Introduction

Our citizens must start to take more interest in politics.  Apathy is the 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.  But that is a first past the post system (FPTP) which politicians and the majority of the electorate do not want to change.

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 only 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 more dangerous, then impossible, to dislodge him.  In our first election after the war the turnout was close to 85%, our fathers knew then that not taking care of their democracy was dangerous and seemingly wanted to direct the changes that were at issue.  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, as in France.  One Australian voter 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.  So every major party will find something they agree with, Tory, Labour, LibDems even the SNP on Brexit (but not Independence) and yes even UKIP and Trump (accepted that he is not a party).  And much that they do not agree with. 

In the context of being evolutionary, neither the Thatcher nor Blair Governments were that revolutionary, domestically, when they had their dominant positions with 100+ majorities in Parliament.  Thatcher is mainly remembered for taking on the miners and generally reducing Union power, and the Poll Tax, and Blair for Iraq.  All inititives with the best of intent but politically unpopular.

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 (but 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, my beliefs are that I am against Brexit, we must balance our national budget and nationalisation does not work.  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 remember that cross party campaign well.

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.  For instance, I do not have a problem with an Identity Card.  If you have nothing to hide you still have nothing to fear in our country.  Many of us carry photo driving licences which are very much the same thing, (universally used in the US even for checking 70 year olds getting a drink in a bar).  I did not vote for the LibDems in GE2017, I voted tactically and succeeded as the Conservative majority was reduced by one in my constituency.

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.

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?

This Manifestos 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 much to promote with its Systems Thinking courses.  I include much more information on Systems Thinking on my website – http://twentycc.squarespace.com/definition/.

1.2    Methodology

As the Master Document was being created, segments were 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 now contains latest version which is being completely reviewed.

The full version of the report 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.

1.3    BREXIT & Europe

I wish BREXIT was not happening and that the ultimate outcome is that it does not happen.  GE2017 certainly raises hope that the outcome maybe just a re-negotiation of the key issues such as immigration.  This issues still has some way to run.

I was in favour of Europe when we first voted for the Common Market in 1973.  No, I do not wish for an unbridled political union, but we have secured many opt outs and no doubt, we will negotiate more if the demands for more political union get too counter to our national interest and inclinations; we are not alone in that desire, significant sections of the public in France, the Netherlands and Austria all seem to have similar concerns.

There have been many benefits of the EU to our prosperity and to our peace.  In addition, the EU has not taken over our courts, or our currency or our border controls, as the Brexiteers would have us believe.  Yes, there is the free movement of people, but much of that movement is to the benefit of our economy.  Indeed in general it is not migrants form within the EU that are causing us problems.  Consider the NHS staffing, already raising concerns over the dramatic drop in applications to nurse here and also some of the higher academic talents.  In addition, immigrants often work in the lower range of skills, many of which the Brits do not wish to apply themselves.  Also, many Brits do not seem to be keen to spend time on training themselves for many much needed skills.  In any case, I suggest that migration will ease over time as their home country’s economies become more prosperous within the EU.

The June 2016 referendum was poorly devised to satisfy, the Conservative right and stave off UKIP.  It was not clear if it was binding and what the level of turnout had to be to make it valid and what majority was needed to represent a binding decision.  The result was narrow and in my opinion inconclusive.  I could accept the result, albeit believing it to be wrong, if both sides had not lied as a routine, so that the electorate could not fully understand what they were voting for.  Post election interviews indicated that many voters decided to vote against the EU about non-EU issues, even that it was not fair that London was the capital of the UK.  In short, the EU was the scapegoat for whatever any Leave voter thought was wrong with their lot.

As voters will realise every day on the news, Brexit is complex and costly beyond anything that they were told.  The impacts on inflation were predictable, just that most political leader chose not to mention them.

So we have to keep fighting to reverse this decision, in the Courts, through by-elections as they arise and making our MPs vote the way that in their hearts, they believe is right for the country as a whole.  However, the Labour leader was indecisive and is now favouring Brexit to counter UKIP who are attracting some of their core voters.

When this was document was originally drafted, the June 8th 2017 General Election had not been called.  The rush to call the election was stimulated by the Tory poll lead over labour, the expected rise in inflation because of the fall in the pound, which is now happening and the possible prosecutions of 30 Tory MPs over election expenses now settled with a wrap on the knuckles, except for one MP of Thanet.  I and I suspect many other voted anti-Brexit case I was vindicated by reducing the Conservative majority by ONE.

I have not re-joined any political party yet, but I have joined More United and The Real British to try to reverse the poor light some of xenophobic citizens have shown us in.

The Real British Group on Facebook believes:-

If you want Britain to remain Great, it must stay in the EU.  Brexit will destroy our nation.

We are the Real British and we want our country back!

We are the British patriots, who want our nation to succeed in the modern world, not in a fantasy of the past.

We want the Britain of tolerance.

We want the Britain of peace.

We want the Britain of mutual respect.

We want the Britain of mutual care.

We want the Britain of diversity.

We want the Britain of many cultures.

We want the Britain of welcomes.

We want the Britain of Sanctuary.

We want the Britain of modern thinking.

We want the Britain of openness.

Above all:

We want Britain as a full member of the European Union.

There are many more pressure/protest groups against Brexit.  I wish they could be combined to become an irresistible force in England to get this exit process abandoned.

I recognise that the LibDems and the Greens wholeheartedly oppose but they are never going to win a controlling majority, a balance of power perhaps at the next election.  But Labour is the party that must change.  However, a cross-party alliance with anti-Brexit Tories and similarly minded Labour MPs would be a stronger force.  As many political heavyweights as possible are needed to speak for the reversal of what is bogusly named “will of the people”.

If we can learn anything from this “will” it is that if you feed the mass of the public with lies (from both sides of the debate) then you will relearn the old IT maxim – rubbish in = rubbish out.