JRE Manifesto: In Review
John Rees-Evans recently released his personal manifesto for this leadership election. I have studied it and summarised it, with my own comments in brackets, as follows:
The public’s perception of UKIP is that we lack direction and unity. (I’m sad to say it, but it is currently difficult to argue with this position.) We need to adopt “an entirely new way of doing things.”
John predicted this situation last year and he advocated a pre-emptive solution in the form of Direct Democracy.
We have a choice between him and an “establishment-backed favourite” and Einstein said “If you get the very same people to go on doing the very same things as in the past and yet expect completely different results, you’re insane.”
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“If JRE is elected, he will not play it safe. He will never emasculate his message so as to become accepted by the political class and liked by the mainstream media”. He intends to initiate a media platform that rivals the mainstream propagandists.
UKIP has previously been funded badly. JRE has a plan to put us on a sound financial footing, without being beholden to rich donors. The mechanism for this is:
An agreement between the party and willing members who own businesses. These companies would offer a 10% discount on transactions with fellow members. 5% would be saved for the customer and the other 5% would be donated to UKIP. This would be a win, win, win scenario, as it would save money for members, contribute to party funds and supply applicable firms with free advertising and access to “a motivated, enthusiastic captive market of tens of thousands of members.”
A privileged clique blundered along with badly worded policies without consulting the members in the last General Election. If John wins, he will reform the party and implement Direct Democracy. If he does not, elitism will prevail.
Warring with the establishment is no task for the spineless – participants will be “attacked mercilessly.” “When UKIP fights for the interests of British citizens, when we fight to open trade with the world, to arrest our dangerous population growth, to facilitate organic wage growth, to obtain energy independence, to facilitate the creation of small businesses and more jobs – we will directly threaten those whose prosperity is predicated on their closed clique relationships with controlled lawmakers in Europe and Westminster.” The response to our opponents’ misinformation is:
Our own multi-faceted publicity platform. Using skills John honed while running a small media business, he will build a system of advertising our party and policies. We will be offered media creation training at branch level. JRE “funded and produced UKIP’s first ever party political broadcast.”
While talking to voters on thousands of doorsteps, John has learned that they do not trust politicians. (I can’t say I blame them!) We need to convince them that we are worthy of their support and if we aid them as much as possible, votes “will follow.” We need to ask citizens what they want using:
(JRE has added a 5th prong to his 4 prong strategy, which I interpret as a good sign because it shows he’s not arrogant enough to presume that he can produce a perfect finished article immediately on the 1st attempt. Creativity requires rough drafts and there’s always room for improvement.)
UKIP Local is the method John plans to utilise to “establish trends in local attitudes” using canvassing teams. “From this data we’ll formulate local campaign initiatives” and campaign year-round to “keep open under-funded football clubs that are keeping youths off the streets” as well as fight for pensioners and homeless veterans.
Members have been ignored and much of our talent is going to waste. John proposes to resolve this with:
Willing members will complete a questionnaire “detailing their interests and work background, their skills and their willingness to serve the cause of the party.” The resulting database will ensure that volunteers always receive the help they need, as different people have different talents. UKIP Connect also “harnesses the technological intelligence that the most efficiently run international businesses use.”
Available technology is not being utilised to adequately inform members about the candidates in this month’s election. “The existing leadership have long run a strategy of deliberate suppression of information.” JRE pledges to eradicate cronyism and establish a meritocracy.
John’s “vision of UKIP is to take control away from the corrupt elites” and he “has a workable plan for achieving this.” “The present status quo is only able to exist as long as our political class is able to maintain the illusion that the outcomes they deliver in Parliament actually reflect the will of the people.”
To confute the government, John suggests that we create a Parallel Parliament that will “feed all bills passing through Parliament into an online Direct Democracy voting system.” This will display to the public the difference between their wishes and the actions of their elected representatives. The government would eventually have to decide whether to “implement Direct Democracy” or “be defeated by a party offering something so unarguable, so empowering, so incontrovertibly democratic” that our victory will be inevitable. (These are bold claims, but I think he and his plan have the potential to achieve this.)
He addresses the phenomenon of voter fatigue by explaining that no-one is obliged to participate. Only people who are interested in and understand a bill will get involved. It will be politicians’ jobs to “simplify the process of legislation and to communicate to the people, in ways that ordinary people understand, the consequences of voting one way or another.” If not enough people vote to satisfy the criteria of a qualified majority, then the issue will revert to being decided by MPs, though Rees-Evans is confident that this system will attract attention from the electorate if it is executed correctly.
Those eligible would receive a voter ID card with which they could vote online or at Pay Points and ATMs. “All voting methods will use encryption software that is actually superior to what UK-based banks currently use, and more akin to what is used by the US National Security Agency.”
“A small handful of relatively affluent politicians, whether UKIP or otherwise,” should not decide the fate of the nation. The mechanism for placing power in the hands of our members is:
All members can propose policies and comment on each other’s proposals. Through debate and discussion, successful proposals will be tweaked until we have attractive, well-worded policies that the majority of us have approved. This will furnish us with a powerful mandate.
A proper Brexit should remain high on our agenda, as globalist elites will continue to attempt to thwart it. Our entry to the EU was always illegal as it contravenes “the still-extant Bill of Rights that states that ‘No foreign prince, person, prelate, state or potentate hath, or ought to have any jurisdiction, power, superiority, pre-eminence or authority within this realm.’” “JRE asserts that Britain has grounds to sue the European Commission for the return of our EU-membership subscriptions which to date have totalled some £450 billion.” (He may well be right about the legality of this assertion, but I suspect that it will prove to be an unrealistic aspiration. We all know how corrupt the EU is. At least we can be sure, however, that he would not pay their bills.)
We need to defend our Monarchy. “The fact that every bill passed by Parliament requires Royal Assent limits the power of our corrupt political class” and “anti-family, antisovereignty transnationals.”
The government’s primary duty is to protect our country and its citizens. “Providence has equipped us with a border that is substantially easier to defend that the porous periphery of Europe.”
“Political correctness and moral cowardice on the part of our government has been responsible for the creation of ‘no-go areas’ throughout Britain” and our “police are required to waste much of their time on diversity training and pointless bureaucracy.” We must apply the law equally, without concessions for certain demographics. “FGM is the preserve of ethnic minorities and the government fears provoking ‘racial tensions’.” John intends to combat the Islamification of Britain and the prevalence of Sharia Law.
“While the government turns a blind eye to 5,000 cases of female genital mutilation every year, children of Christian parents are being taken from them in secret courts throughout Britain, and placed anonymously with families hundreds of miles away, on grounds that the parents have left a mark when smacking their children.” (The establishment seem less bothered about discipline and more bothered about dismantling families.) “While the traditional definition of a family may have evolved, strong, stable families are the building blocks of low-crime, civilised, prosperous societies.”
All immigrants must honour our laws and customs. “Our national curriculum should require that in addition to tuition in literacy and numeracy, students should be taught the elementary principles of democratic government and the constitutionally accorded rights and liberties that belong to every British citizen.”
UKIP must remain libertarian and defend free speech, but punish the incitement of violence.
“Britain’s national debt is fast approaching £2 trillion. It costs us around £48 billion a year just to pay the interest on this debt.” In order to overcome this problem, “UKIP should campaign to educate the British public on the consequences of overspending and continued borrowing, and should work urgently towards formulating an alternative budget that cuts waste, stimulates trade with the developing world, and slashes income and company tax rates.”
“We should call into question every significant proposed misuse of public revenues, and should present alternative spending choices to the nation.” An example of this would be showing the public that we should have scrapped HS2 in favour of upgrading our existing rail network.
We need to reform the NHS to prevent wastage of funds. “Physical inactivity is reckoned to be the cause responsible for 17% of all health conditions that lead to premature deaths in Britain,” so “UKIP should actively campaign simultaneously to improve the health of the nation, and the health education of our people.” JRE would ensure that “policy division heads for Health and Education will work together to ensure compatible and coherent policy-making that extends behind the constraints of their own manifesto division.”
13,000 veterans are sleeping rough in Britain and “it is unjust that we allow them to suffer in silence while our nation’s depleted resources are prioritised in favour of those arriving into this country illegally.” We must also act to ease the plight of many of our OAPs. JRE will debate “the practicality of inviting pensioners who live alone to open their homes to homeless veterans to house-share on the condition that the new tenant agrees to be responsible for limited essential maintenance tasks.” This would also provide the aged with company. (I think it’s an inspired concept and is a sample of how John is capable of “killing two birds with one stone.”)
“Britain’s education system is skewed towards academia” and Rees-Evans wants to redress this imbalance. Most vocations do not require degrees. He wants to ensure that youngsters, when leaving education, “will be equipped to apply directly for a job or create one for themselves.” “As a retired entrepreneur himself, JRE will drive the agenda to provide tuition to students with interest and ability in running businesses.”
Immediately after the referendum, the government should have sent representatives “throughout the world with a view to tentatively agreeing trade deals” but they didn’t. “The result of this indecision and inactivity on the part of our government was that confidence in Britain’s trading future waned and the value of Sterling descended lower than necessary.”
However, an effect of having a weak currency is that it is a tempting time for “other nations to establish new trade deals with Britain.” (This is another example of how JRE can turn a negative into a positive.) The UK would benefit by trading with, rather than the EU, developing countries and partners who “are experiencing rapid technological advancement.”
We should assess the realistic manufacturing potential within Britain and fight against the globalists who desire to derail Brexit. UKIP needs to prove that “a Britain that walks away with no deal from the Brexit negotiations, walks away potentially far more prosperous than a Britain that allows itself to be dictated to by a corrupt foreign cabal.” (I wholeheartedly agree with this sentiment, as if we did have to trade with the EU using tariffs, it would cost them more than us and our government could subsidise for our businesses to trade in Europe using a fraction of our saved membership fees and other contributions.) John aspires to make Britain “the world’s third most wealthy nation.”
A big business employs fewer workers than many small businesses. Our party must produce “video animations to present research, to simplify relevant facts, and to present to the nation the economic case for prioritising the growth of small businesses in Britain.” Small businesses should not be constrained by all the same red tape that affects large ones. (Most small firms do not trade in Europe, so should be exempt from the over-regulation and bureaucratic hoop-jumping that the EU enforces on them.) “UKIP has many business owners within our ranks who understand the implications of bureaucracy and who can consult on intelligent policy that will remove unnecessary obstacles to growth and job creation.”
“This manifesto is not comprehensive. It is merely the starting point. You, the members who make this party will be the people who make it comprehensive. The party will be under your control.”
In this election, you must choose between candidates who will pretend to listen and a candidate who will hand control over to members.
“Be strong, be brave, rise up and be heard. Be The Government.”
(You can download a PDF of the full document here.)