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Political Reform Party (PRP)
SAMPLE ELECTION MANIFESTO
1 Proportional representation and the abolition of safe seats. (see policy details)
2 Merging the 600+ constituencies into 300 constituencies, with two representatives elected for lower and upper house and a third deputy MP who remains in his or her constituency to manage constituency complaints and pass the same to MPs and respective committee.
3 Abolishing the House of Lords, replacing it with an upper house of 300 elected members.
4 All 600 lower and upper house MPs will serve on powerful legally backed PCs, replacing unelected, wasteful and expensive quangos.
5 Setting up 10 or more regional authorities (RAs), replacing local and county councils. RAs will take over health and education authorities, police and transport, plus attract business and industry.
6 Parliamentary election held every four years for both houses, with a two-year separation.
7 Introduction of American-style antitrust laws, to phase out all cartels and monopolies and bring in US-style low competitive prices for all goods and services.
8 Introducing fully funded national innovation and business institutions into every RA, with sufficient funds for boards to exploit the best of their projects.
9 Introduction of national emergency tax (NET) for all major business concerns, whereby all trading incomes are subject to NET. note:- also tax avoidance advantage to H M Treasury
10 Build prisons and introduce a special police force to rid the nation of street crime, including muggings, car theft and burglary.
Paul Lehmans (founder)
PRP has been floating in the wilderness of cyberspace for some years, generally updated from time to time, waiting for the inevitable change when long time established political parties become totally self serving and blind to the general resentment of the public.
Our policies and measures are of the kind that will appeal to the householder and consumer, with serving politicians rejecting the very idea of the kind of workload and lack of privilages, set out for the modern politicians.
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Introduction of American-style antitrust laws, to rid the nation of the high-pricing practices of cartels and monopolies which have grown at an alarming rate, under both Labour and Tory governments, will greatly reduce prices across the board, much the same as Aldi and Lidl which forced the leading group of supermarkets to reduce their prices, regretfully not yet as competitive as Aldi and Lidl.
Another prominent policy is national emergency tax or NET, whereby incoming revenues for all businesses are subject to NET, in a similar fashion as VAT for purchasers. This will not only raise money for the treasury, but will, incidentally, also reduce tax-avoidance benefits. The NET rate is estimated to be 1–5% possibly 5% and fixed by parliament. Had the recent colossal Apple sales for mobile phones been subject to NET, a windfall benefit for treasury coffers would have occurred. For example Google expect future sales in UK to reach £5bn and a 5% NET = £250m. Also, when prices fall, NET liabilities are reduced. This is a tax at source, thereby avoiding a measure of profit-massaging.
Perhaps of greater interest to consumers and householders are abolishing quangos and introducing powerful legally empowered parliamentary committees (PCs), with powers to legally obtain evidence and documents from bodies or people, called to give account to parliament for their behaviour.
For example, when oil prices increase, the energy firms immediately raise prices, but, when oil prices fall, there is a year or two’s delay in reducing prices. If it is true that energy firms buy their oil a year or two in advance, then price increases should wait a year or so, yet nothing in the press or media seems to highlight this anomaly. Perhaps it is the heavy advertising budgets of these oil companies which have a bearing on soft treatment.
Other corporations and companies with non-competitive cartel and monopoly-type profiteering will not want to be subject to PC probing.
Every constituency should organise itself into PRP constituency committees (PRPCCs) and find suitable candidates to serve voter-consumers and householders in the constituency, by utilising the power of the Internet. Had PRP already established itself today, the following manifesto would be a sample of what voters could expect.
If politicians ever listened to what voters want, they would draw up election manifestos something like the following – and you can be certain that none of these policies will ever appear on the established political party manifestos. They clearly have a different agenda from what voter-consumers and householders want.
Political Reform Party (PRP) proposes a radical change for British politics and introduces policies which are voter-consumer friendly, rather than supplier-big business friendly, which Labour and Conservative governments have supported over past generations. Reference to the recent Royal Mail privatisation clearly demonstrates this, when no party leader spoke out against excluding householders or voter-consumers from buying shares and allowing city institutes (big business/suppliers) exclusivity, other than a small (bribe) share for postal employees, reaping rich rewards for city pals.
Big business and city institutions, many of which avoid taxes, command very few votes, whereas voter-consumers command the vast overwhelming majority of votes and yet we elect political parties which favour suppliers over consumers. This stark reality must be corrected, before society and the nation are torn apart and widespread apathy allows the status quo to continue, without any opposition.
Cartels and monopolies which ruin the economy and force up prices. For example, antitrust laws will compel the leading group of supermarkets to compete with competitive rival businesses, such as Aldi and Lidl. The same applies to the big six energy companies, where excessive cartel Briefly, we propose introducing American-style antitrust laws, to rid the nation of its many and monopoly-type profiteering flourishes.
Aldi and Lidl conduct their businesses under German-style antitrust laws, similar to those of the US – and their shopping-basket prices reflect the difference.
Also, antitrust laws will make it illegal for all other groups of businesses to operate a cartel or monopoly and will greatly reduce fees, charges and prices across a whole range of trading companies, including finance. Naturally, Labour and the Conservatives oppose the very idea of antitrust legislation, because they have both allowed cartels and monopolies to spread unopposed throughout the land. A politically appointed unelected toothless quango, replacing elected MPs, rather than MPs taking responsibility, is not what the public expects, whereas a PRP government will take an active part in such matters and abolish jobs-for-the-boys quangos.
We will outlaw ‘confusion’ prices and charges levied by so many businesses, compelling these companies to provide a no-nonsense single price structure – for example, all domestic energy providers will issue only a single price structure for all customers, while changing suppliers will be simplified, as, indeed, with many other firms, including financial businesses.
When profit-on-turnover (POT) figures reveal excessive profiteering, compared with similar businesses here and abroad, the likelihood is that a cartel or monopoly price-fixing is involved, especially when massaged accounts divert excess profits into subsidiary companies here and overseas. Strange how politicians never mention POT figures, when supposedly condemning high-profiteering companies. Britain’s rip-off reputation is not accidental.
When cartels and monopolies are phased out and eventually abolished, only fiercely competitive businesses will survive and flourish, as witnessed over the years in Germany and the USA.
We will introduce a national emergency tax (NET) – a similar version of VAT, but a tax on trade-till revenues and other income, which will apply to all big businesses. For example, large supermarkets will incur NET, which cannot be passed onto customers – and lower prices will incur lower NET, a form of catch-all tax, before accountancy massaging of profits, such as diverting money to subsidiaries or overseas. NET percentage (yet to be decided), to a degree, will combat all kinds of tax-avoidance schemes, since it taxes at source – and big businesses will strongly oppose this form of catch-all tax. Consumers will also benefit, as lower prices reduce NET.
For example companies such as Google who expect to earn £5bn in the coming year will pay £2.5bn at 5% NET note:- over ten years the treasury will receive £25bn and not the £130m settled by a friendly Chancllor.
We will reform the House of Commons and drag politics into the 21st century by greatly reducing the members in both houses, operating on a 9am–5pm, five-day week, with all members supplied with contracts of employment and employment duties, laying out working conditions for all candidates applying for the job of MP. This will attract the kind of people who want to serve the nation, rather than, as under the present system, serve themselves. No more bickering or fiddling.
We will introduce 10 or more regional authorities (RAs) and transfer the bulk of Whitehall duties to the RAs, including health, education, law and order, with the RAs programmed to attract industries and businesses into their respective region, while scrapping all not-fit-for-purpose ministries and departments.
The present dissatisfaction with our political system will continue to split whole sections of society apart – and the general public simply turns its back on politics.
Under PRP, reducing prices will start from the top, where fiercely competitive businesses will no longer be able to pay themselves phenomenal salaries, expenses, bonuses and private jets as demonstrated by Tesco’s senior executives.
Naturally, every constituency through the land will need people to come forward and form their own constituency organisation, under the PRP banner, and start the ball rolling, where, eventually, we will sweep the money-changers out of Westminster.