The General Election of 2015 should, in my view, focus on the following:
Previous readers of my articles will remember that I set out the arguments for and against the Fracking industry in the UK, which can be seen here.
Ultimately, it is an opportunity we cannot let slip by, in a time of rising energy prices and lack of industry in this country, this could be one of the solutions to reverse both trends.
The argument should focus not just on fracking though; an agenda should be put in place for a diverse range of energy solutions, and in an ideal world we would have a mix of shale gas, nuclear energy and renewable energy (ones that work of course…) keeping our lights on.
The argument for Grammar Schools is a strong one and should continue to be the focus of the manifesto.
A sensible, well informed debate is also required about the necessity of tuition fees; any party who promises to scrap or at the very least reduce tuition fees will win instant support from the student population and all the votes that come with it, therefore it is a debate which cannot be ignored.
As someone who elected not to go to University, I’m unable to make any informed statements on the quality of University and whether or not the increase of tuition fees has notably improved the University experience for students, be it through better facilities or a higher quality of lecturers.
However, this article set out by former City Economist Chris Dillow, attempts to explain pros and cons of tuition fees.
There’s no point in me trying to sell the proverbial sand to proverbial Arabs on this issue, this is a no brainer.
Any benefits we have experienced by being part of the EU, such as the European Common Aviation Area, are overwhelmingly outnumbered by its hindrance. It is undemocratic, backward and out-dated; a new vision for our relationship with Europe is required, one that does not restrict us from forming our own trade relationships with the Commonwealth and setting out our own legislation on key industries.
“The Re-Set” movement even sets out a proposal for a National Grand Jury on “EU Membership”, arguing whether or not membership is in fact legal.
Finally, I would recommend “In or Out: Everything You Need to know” by David Charter to anyone with an interest in the EU; it sets out well informed and fair arguments for both sides of the debate, but the conclusion as to whether or not we would be better off out is undeniable towards the end of the book.
Happy reading, and bring on 2015.