The concluding part of four articles containing suggestions for an eventual renaissance of ideas and culture, a reformist agenda and positive thinking for the people of Britain as the nation resumes its independence.
The underlying intention of these articles has been how to restore sovereignty in its various forms. The optimism I have shown here may not be reflected in events through the Brexit process. What is worrying is the political agenda behind the delay. By the time the UK is out, and UKIP MEPs then out of work on the “global” stage, the Establishment will be hoping that it is back to “business as usual” and the pesky “populists” will have gone away. Hence formulating a renewed sense of identity beyond that of Brexit is critical.
I believe that the British people have been misled too often, especially since the end of WW2, and that we will be in a strong position to do something to return us to certain proud traditions born of the spirit of enlightenment and democratic sovereignty – and, just as importantly – to open up exciting new possibilities! How could the country look, what do the majority of voters want by way of exciting reforms giving them greater voice?
The Economy, Jobs, Budget, Industry, Bank of England:
The economy has become increasingly dependent on financial services and the service sector, but Britain has a proud industrial and technological tradition of innovation and productivity. More investment in these sectors, in design, in start-ups, productive industries and in the Northern Powerhouse idea is needed.
Encourage further state investment in SMEs and the regions for the pursuance of excellence.
Finance can further be obtained by taxing international corporations, calling in the huge loans to the banks when they were bailed out in 2008, reducing overseas aid to relatively highly-developed nations and far greater checks on how the money is used. When proper checks are in place, these overseas funds could be resumed.The proposed recipients of overseas aid should be put before the people in manifesto form at election time.
International corporations make large profits and these can be taxed via headquarters in the UK. SMEs to have reduced red-tape as well as greater incentives via advantageous lower tax rates.
Let’s have more spending on our roads and infrastructure, and let’s get our fishing waters back. Let’s defend our interests, protect our industries more if need be, and opt for WTO tariffs over EU ones as they seem preferable.
Since the B of E is part of the City and has self-governing status which at the same time ties it to international interests, its loyalty to the British people needs to be tested, I am not an expert but feel that so long as the governor is British and answerable to Crown, Parliament and the (reformed, People’s) Lords, but free of external lobby interests – more in the mould of Sir Mervyn King and less that of Mark Carney – that the model works well enough; others favour nationalising it to ensure this loyalty.
Transport and other Public Utilities
The focus should be cheaper fares and good, clean pleasant service and retaining existing jobs, and top-quality rolling stock in terms of comfort, cleanliness and reliability. Since the gauge is narrow, look into having safer longer trains to maintain numbers while improving comfort? Why not nationalise the railways again and get some really good design ideas going?
Nationalise the Water supply, retaining existing jobs; sell water abroad and return the money to the treasury for other infrastructure tasks. Water will be the oil of the 21st century, we have large quantities of it, it is a massive asset and belongs to these lands and its people.
Should the other utilities remain under tender to private firms but prioritising British interests and organised at arms’ length for the national interest?
Nuclear power and clean coal energy should be prioritised over wind-farms. Wind-farms ought to be built solely offshore as they are a blight on the countryside and a threat to birds and bats. Let’s get more trash-burning power stations. For example the Viridor ERF station outside Oxford diverts at least 95% of Oxfordshire’s residual municipal waste away from landfill and generates enough electricity to power around 38,000 homes. This should be standard.
Encourage other types of fuel extraction/creation – in the long run if we become less dependent on Middle Eastern oil, this is for the better.
People do not trust fracking, but if safer technologies can be found to extract these gasses then these could surely be explored?
I feel the people of the UK would like more public holidays (generally people are more productive when they have these benefits), with the Christian ones being the basis others could be; the national Patron Saints’ days, the Harvest festival, May 1st (always a festival even in ancient times)…. Midsummer’s day… these are the origin of our customs.
Regarding religious days celebrated in the different faiths, (legal) private worship not impinging upon the freedoms of others; eg. public animal blood lettings for Ramadan are not kind towards animals and seem contrary to the spirit outlined here; special rights e.g. for fasting at Ramadan (or similar practices) negotiated with employers since they interfere with work. These are cited as examples but the same may be true of other religious festivities too, which should rightly be in their temples and other places of worship, but do these really have a place on the streets?
Return a sense of identity, sovereignty and empowerment to the people and at the same time, make the exercise of “minority/religious rights” less contentious on the public stage, because having a clear definition of how the People are represented and their ability to influence Law will make Britain a more settled society, more in control of its own life, and protect it from the targeting of groups (both internal and external) seeking to destabilise it or modify it for their own purposes (as we see now).
All Britons should be proud of their traditions of gentility and neighbourliness. “Inclusiveness” – where it involves mutual respect and genuine investigation and a search for the truth, where one’s freedoms do not impinge upon another’s – is an excellent thing, shouldn’t these essentially enlightened ideas remain the philosophical basis for public and private life?
Part of this openness is the principle of courtesy through respect for British traditions, open way of dress in public, and politeness. We are animal lovers; we tolerate other religions if they show the same tolerance towards us. We value free exchange of ideas, and decency.
Just as in the early C19th when the openness of British freedoms and democracy were so rightly admired around Europe, when reforms held back the excesses brought by Empire and before internationalist ideas that later shook the world in terrible wars, took hold, Britain can now again be a beacon to the rest of the world, and can again – as in earlier centuries – enjoy being in the vanguard of a renaissance of a return to these illustrious roots. In doing this, the role of well-informed business people and not external financial or geo-political interest groups and movements should be emphasised, as blossoming business is good for all.
Many now see the propaganda of the so-called “Liberal Left” with their much-vaunted trendiness, as a cover for social programming and globalist empire-building. The sovereign people demand real rights and a return to the freedoms inherent in the intellectual roots of the land; can UKIP become the focal point for promoting and celebrating these values?