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Where’s it made? A part of Democracy Plus.

At around 4:30 on the morning of 10th August 2017, I awoke with an idea. For two hours, I solidified it in my thinking and in three hours began to write it down. This is what came to me.

The tensions between North Korea and the United States are terrifyingly real. Despite the long-term provocations from this dictatorial state, they are slowly progressing toward a nuclear capability and the combination of that with an emotionally driven POTUS is, indeed, concerning. Is it, though, concerning enough, for us to do something about it?

Kim Jong-un relies upon his relentless belligerence to keep an adoringly suppressed populace in place. It is, for him, an essential distraction as he has little else to offer but constant reassurance of his own myth of divinity. The closed and adulatory regime he has around him only serves to reinforce his belief in his own righteousness and it is no longer a stretch of the imagination to contemplate a real and destabilising first strike.

Someone who believes in his own invincibility and is never contradicted may truly feel his greatness will be everlasting if he proves to his people that he is much more than his father or grandfather and that the world would prostrate itself at his feet after his wondrous act.

This probable reality must be prevented. As with all major conflicts and revolutions, they were seen coming by those who took the time to look. Most of them, probably, could have been avoided were different actions to have been taken before it was too late. This scenario is similar.

However, there is a trump card (no pun intended). North Korea is dependent upon one great country for its survival and the continuance of its military objectives. China has the key to control North Korea for without Chinese trade and support the money would dry up and whilst the people would suffer even more hardship it would be preferable to nuclear obliteration. However, China isn’t doing enough.

Whilst is appears that the Chinese are equally twitchy about North Korea, they are, clearly, only taking actions which would limit negative economic consequences to themselves. The Chinese are tiptoeing towards nothing very substantial, whilst the world watches in horror.

It is time to shift the balance, and it is the people of the western world who can do it.

The first day of February 2018 will (could) become D+ day. On that day, and until the world sees real and verifiable evidence of a decommissioning of the North Korean nuclear arsenal, we, the people of the western world, will simply stop buying anything that is made in or originates from China.

The watch word on everybody’s lips will simply be ‘Where’s it Made’?

The beauty of this approach is that it is not dependent upon governments, politicians or bureaucrats. It needs no approval, consent or facilitation and the word can be spread like wildfire from person to person with no formal interventions at all.

The second exciting aspect is that we may not need to so anything at all after 1st Feb 2018. Preparations alone and the growing and visible expressions of intent may well be enough to motivate the Chinese government to act forcefully and end this instability. With the spending power of over a billion people, this action could be very influential indeed.

It is Democracy Plus; it has nothing to do with government or representation, nothing to do with voting, or authority and nothing to do with protests or demonstrations. It is a collective and passive action individually expressed for a common good. It is a process whereby each of us can really make a difference and nobody can stop us doing it.

If I am elected leader of UKIP, I will throw the whole weight of the party behind this campaign. We will set up a D+ section of the party so people can contribute time, effort and money to make this happen and we will spread the message far and wide. ‘Where’s it Made’ will become a very well used phrase indeed. We will constantly list the companies that sell Chinese goods and list the products that originate there. Chinese restaurants will be putting up notices in their windows to say ‘no food sold here comes from China’ or they may have no customers. Under my leadership, the party will promote Democracy Plus as a completely new way to effect political change.

It is well known that to create a mass movement of this type is very difficult to do and quite impossible to predict. Some things just go viral for no good reason and others not but, in this case, a simple logical path exists and has been set out by events.

People, most probably, will want a very good reason indeed to ask this question every time they plan a purchase; a very good reason to wear a ‘Where’s it Made’ badge, to fly a ‘Where’s it Made’ flag or to positively alter their buying patterns at some inconvenience to themselves. I think we have one. If the prevention of a nuclear conflict on this planet isn’t reason enough to modify a small part of one’s lifestyle, we really are in trouble.

It is no improbable stretch of the imagination to also consider the use of mass individual actions in resolving other major world problems. After all, our leaders seem to be unable to do it.

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David Allen
About David Allen (83 Articles)
UKIP cabinet member for Electoral Reform. Author and political innovator. UKIP Borough Council candidate 2016, KCC candidate 2017, Parliamentary candidate for Rochester and Strood 2017 in which he saved his deposit.

13 Comments on Where’s it made? A part of Democracy Plus.

  1. I’m all for boycotting Chinese goods. Most of it is crap anyway, especially the dumped steel (clearly intended to destroy our own industry) and the mass of useless baubles arriving every Christmas.

  2. I’m all for the power of consumer boycotts. Several potential targets come to mind:

    – The biassed and twisted mainstream media – the lot of them, but especially the BBC
    – Celebrities who virtue-signal and come out with facile PC pronouncements
    – Censorious liberal social media and web platforms such as Facebook, Twitter & Google
    – Supermarkets and food outlets who don’t clearly label meat not stunned prior to slaughter

    I’m afraid North Korea isn’t high on my list of priorities and boycotting all Chinese goods isn’t feasible since we’ve offshored most of our manufacturing there.

  3. Toby MicklethwaitToby Micklethwait // August 24, 2017 at 9:27 am // Reply

    Dear David (Allen),

    “4.30am”.

    “ … I will throw the whole weight of the party behind this campaign.”.

    I concede that the subconscious mind is very powerful. Hence the advice, before making a decision, “sleep on it”.

    However, on this occasion I think your subconscious has erred. The idea seems unworkable. Better just forget it.

    Also your idea (that we should all boycott Chinese products) seems to contradict UKIP’s belief in free trade.

    Accordingly may I suggest that you run your anti-Chinese-products campaign quite separately from UKIP?

    Regards, Toby, 01932-873557

  4. David. This is an excellent idea. This is entirely within the power of the people. The people can self-organise and create a popular movement with no need for politicians. Boycotting the goods & services of a target – well few can survive that for long – they would soon start talking to see how to get their customers back.

  5. On the contrary, when you look at the sheer number of products available for sale in British stores that are either manufactured or produced in China, it begs the question of why all the fuss about a free trade deal with the EU? Presumably all these Chinese products are being subject to import tariffs at present (and collected by the EU). Just think how much revenue the UK Treasury could pocket instead. Or go the whole hog and do a free trade agreement with China, thus making those products even cheaper?

    Of course, I’d prefer it if we could do more manufacturing and production in the UK, however it can’t be denied that price wise China do have an advantage over us, so shouldn’t we be looking for some kind of agreeable arrangement with China?

  6. I boycott Labour-supporting Remainer companies: Virgin and Sainsbury’s for example. But it’s difficult to avoid Virgin trains on some journeys. It’s a lonely business though: if you refuse to shop at a convenient Sainsbury’s, people tend to think you’re a bit odd ….
    If there were a nationwide campaign of “Where’s it made?” I’d certainly join in. But do you remember campaigns to ‘Buy British’? Unfortunately, it became almost impossible to buy even ‘British’ brands without discovering afterwards that the product originated in some Chinese factory.

    If European governments had the gumption and courage to restrict Chinese imports on the grounds of China’s failure to control N Korea, we might see some results. But the EU would probably put the kaibosh on it.

    • I’ve been thinking on the same lines Panmelia. Something to look into again as part of a wider campaign – once we have our leader.

  7. Kim Jong-un is a big fat slob with the personality of a school bully mixed with a sociopath. He is eating and drinking himself to death because there is literally no-one to tell him to stop. He spends weekends writ large at strange parties in one of his many palaces ( what a socialist)in the company of what might be termed female slaves. He has at best a mediocre view of the world. In Switzerland he was a dopey student who barely coped.
    North Korea is the most evil country on the planet; Pakistan (receives billions in aid from USA EU and UK)sold it the nuclear technology (which they got by stealing it all from the UN Atomic Science centre in Netherlands).
    Personally I believe a lightning monster attack upon all military installations using micronuclear weapons is the best solution. This would include destroying the NK armaments aimed at Seoul. It is the one thing that this childish bully could not cope with. He would kill himself.
    This would save lives as every day NK exists people are worked to death, outcasts starve to death. Anything is preferable to its continuation.

  8. Toby MicklethwaitToby Micklethwait // August 23, 2017 at 9:35 am // Reply

    Dear David (Allen),

    From: http://www.ukipdaily.com/hustings-report-eastern-region-monday-21st-august/

    On 21 August … “David Allen’s opening address became an announcement that instead of pressing his own claim, he would instead be supporting Henry Bolton for leader. Not an official withdrawal yet,…”

    Yet on this thread, on 23 August ….. “If I am elected leader of UKIP …”

    Perhaps you could clarify. Are you going to withdraw officially from the leadership race?

    Regards, Toby, 01932-873557

    • There is a statement on David Allen’s website confirming his withdrawal from the Leadership election as of 21st August – http://www.davidallen-ukip.co.uk/announcement

      This article was written by David prior to that statement.

      We (UKIP Daily) are expecting a further article from David on his decision to withdraw and on why he has chosen to support Henry Bolton, so watch this space.

  9. Interesting idea, David…but there are few factors, which if true, you are not taking into account…
    I have read that

    1. Kim Jong-un is CIA operative…he was educated in Switzerland, base of CIA
    2. North Korea is one of the few countries without a Central Bank…another is Syria
    3. North Korea has vast poppy fields…just like Afghanistan.

    An interesting article on the Afghanistan heroin situation is on

    Globalresearch.ca

    “Heroin dealer in chief. Afghanistan- source of 90% of the world’s heroin.”

    There are a few articles on the North Korean situation on the same site which are
    Worth reading…l

    And if you put “CIA” into the search box, you could be kept busy reading for hours…
    Similarly with “BBC lies” …:)

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