Ed: continued from Part I which we published here.
Taxation and Economy.
Brexit should be a launch pad for a tariff-free and free trade economy based upon a Singapore type model, which is what the EU fear. We would suck in massive investment and business based on the principle of, applying regulations only what is right for the UK, and if the exporters regulation is near to our standards then that is all that is required and visa versa. Council Tax and VAT to be abolished and replaced by a local sales tax which would stay with the local authority for infrastructure and investment, local authorities could then compete for inward investment and keep taxes as low as possible.
HS 2 to be abolished and road building to be undertaken by private contracts on a toll basis. Vehicle tax to be abolished. The rush into electric vehicles should be halted until the energy system (crisis) is resolved or alternative option become available. It should be pointed out that inner-city air pollution is caused in the main by static traffic.
The dept. to be abolished and the system to be overhauled, overseen by the MOD or Foreign Office. No funding to be used unless overseen by British Contractors or Armed forces in the case of Humanitarian Aid or Emergencies. Our aid should primarily come from the expertise and infrastructure we provide.
The defence of the realm should be our No. 1 priority and defence spending should reflect that requirement. The MOD should be overhauled and models of other countries reviewed on the ratio of non-military staffing to serving troops and procurement. I would suggest Israel is a good place to start.
Selective education should be allowed where parents request it or require it. Student loans should be carried by the Universities, with payback to them as students reach the salary threshold, at a stroke, this would stop them offering so-called Mickey mouse degrees, following which students have no hope of repaying, I understand the cost to the taxpayer is currently £1.2 Trillion. Companies offering on the job training should be offered generous inducements and trainees meeting the course objectives should be seen as a degree level course. All in this type of training or apprenticeship should be included in statistics of those in further education.
Micro businesses (say those with less than 15 employees or turnover less than £1million). Should be exempt from living wage and minimum wage law (they have to compete in the labour market anyway), and regulation to be limited to basic requirements. This should apply to their access to government contracts, with the only criteria required being to complete the job cost-effectively to the required standard. The current labyrinth of regulation favours large multinationals and reduces cost efficiency.
As an agronomist in the industry, I can speak with some knowledge. Current payments should be overhauled and scrapped, large agribusinesses suit the Defra scheme of fewer and bigger means better (for them). It does not in my view necessarily increase the efficiency of food production or diversity of the countryside. Payments should be based on production as in the old 1948 act or similar, with any environmental schemes based on solid research by balanced bodies such as the Game and Wildlife trust, rather than the politicised RSPB, Greenpeace or FoE, and especially not Countryfile, Chris Packham and the like. Payments should be enhanced for those on hill farms etc who farm in difficult circumstances and are unable to farm cost effectively without aid. Large landowners and Councils should be given tax breaks to encourage them to provide long or medium term tenancies, to new start-ups or 2nd generation farmers who require the security of a long-term tenancy. The rollover applied to the sale of agricultural land for development should be scrapped, this money inflates the land price beyond the reach of most farmers, and the people selling development land have already received an inflated price after all. The badger cull should be scrapped, and replaced by a scheme of trapping and testing badgers for TB, and all infected sets disposed of by gassing with CO2 or similar, as used in the stunning of animals in abattoirs. GM and Gene Editing and associated technologies should be trialled extensively to enable food production to match increasing demand and the reduction of petrochemical-based crop protection, perhaps a starting point might be pointing out to the general public that the 25 million chicken consumed weekly in this country are fed on soy-based diets, which is all GM based.
Housing and Planning.
“C” on the form. This should be undertaken at the lowest level of Parish Council, and current greenfield legislation abolished or reformed, in this way locals can decide if and when new housing is required and decide where it might be undertaken, for the benefit of the local community. Small villages might decide that affordable or executive housing is appropriate to enhance the community with an eye on local infrastructure. Large blocks of land should be split into areas for either self-build or areas suitable for local builders to access and afford, which would increase local employment and prosperity.
“B” on the form. Immigration should be strictly controlled on a needs-based system for those on either fixed term temporary assignments or long-term skilled based. All immigrants must be able to converse or communicate in English and abide by a bill of rights type set of rules. Borders should be rigorously patrolled or policed, by military or ex-military personnel. Any immigrant found guilty of crimes that require prison sentence within their first 10 years of acceptance should be deported, along with their families if so desired.