We are told we are going to get our manifesto by instalments but as yet we don’t know when the complete package will be ready. Hopefully it will not be too long in coming. Party members have not been asked to contribute but I think we should make our thoughts known on what we believe are significant matters, so here goes.
First, the UK’s finances and some background to our financial position.
The UK is running a huge deficit, the government spends far more money than it collects in taxes and continually makes up the deficit by borrowings that currently total about £1.73 trillion, that is £1,730,000,000,000 but growing.
The UK needs to face the fact that it and therefore we, are in a budgetary crisis made worse by huge liabilities that mean future increases in borrowing requirements that are never given high public profile. According to an article in the Independent there is £222 billion (£222,000,000,000) of Private Finance Initiative liabilities and Government estimates put unfunded public sector and state pensions net liabilities at more than £5 trillion (£5,000,000,000,000). These are huge sums and are simply unsustainable. The answer is not to soak the population, or even segments of it, with even higher taxes. No country ever got rich that way.
The Government has no money other than taking it from the people or borrowing. The figures just given show that the only way to get the UK back into a solid financial condition is to reduce expenditure. We must remind ourselves that every pound of tax takes away money from the people and reduces the money that fuels private sector growth, sustainable job creation and security and the level of average wealth in the country.
It is noteworthy that according to a report this week, more than half the people in this country get more in benefits than they pay in taxes. That is a level of dependency that we should be hugely worried about for all sorts of financial and social reasons and be determined to reverse.
Fixing the finances.
UKIP should announce a full review of the responsibilities of government versus the individual to redefine the consequent rights of individuals. This will result in redefining what is the reasonable boundary between the expectations of what individuals should pay for and what Government should pay for. This will produce a figure for what the reasonable tax burden should be for society. The aim must be to reverse the current voracious appetite of successive Governments to spend more and more money.
The expectations of a large number of citizens that they are entitled to rely on the government to finance them needs to be reassessed and the appetite for politicians at each election to buy votes by compiling additional ‘give aways’ in the hope electors will vote for them must be brought to an end. This review should encompass both financial and social responsibility measures.
As a marker we should aim for a net reduction in public spending by a series of measures designed to ensure the state spends no more than 35% of GDP.
Reductions in expenditure to include:-
Providing foreign aid only for humanitarian needs such as disaster relief or major medical emergencies etc.
Eliminating child subsidies so that more children does not mean more income.
Means testing all benefits—if you expect other tax payers to fund you then you must come clean to justify why you need it.
Eliminating the statutory definition of ‘poverty’ that is linked to a percentage of national average income because on this definition you can never eliminate apparent poverty.
Immigrants cannot claim benefits until they meet the criteria and become UK citizens.
Require immigrants to learn English. No translators to be employed in schools and no translations of public notices etc to be made. Immigrants not speaking sufficient English must bring their own interpreter until their standard of English is adequate.
Eliminate dual passport rights. Individuals must decide on one country that they owe allegiance to.
Foreign passport holders coming to the UK must have adequate valid UK health insurance from an approved insurer to come to the UK.
Establish a system in hospitals to ensure only UK citizens get free treatment.
National health service suppliers to be the subject of National Supply contracts at most favourable supply and price terms. NHS electronic systems to be established to achieve this national buying policy.
Establishment of Public Sector regional pay policies to reflect differential cost of living in different parts of the country
Where companies are in receipt of any grant or foreign funding to relocate their business overseas then a matching exit charge will be payable to the UK government to offset the social costs of such closures to the nation.
Reversing climate change policies and subsidies to reduce energy costs to individuals and government expenditure.
Against these reductions we must:-
Substantially increase our defence expenditure to maintain a full range of naval, air, land and now cyber security forces equipped for all eventualities of conventional, nuclear and IT warfare.
Increase spending on our security and police services and especially put more police on the streets.
Our future economic success and degree of social harmony will be built on the extent to which we have a clear competitive advantage in the educational level achieved by the population of future generations.
Good educational achievement underpins the possibility of good prospects in adulthood. It is noticeable that many immigrant children are high achievers in schools where ethnic British children do not match these results. Schools should be required to introduce modules at the start of each year reinforcing to pupils that the level of educational achievement is the engine of their future success or failure and that they must take advantage of the opportunity they have. It is a once in a lifetime occurrence. All parents must attend an evening each year reinforcing their responsibility to ensure they encourage their children and work in cooperation with the school to get the very best from their children.
Discipline in schools to be reinforced. The position where teachers are at a disadvantage in maintaining discipline in the face of disruptive pupils must be reversed. Policies to be compiled with assistance from teachers and teaching bodies around the country who have faced such problems. If necessary supporting legal frameworks to be implemented.
Part 2 to come.