we need a new party of the centre -
more than ever!
2017 is over, and as usual the media have analysed the results with
the wrong maths. They're showing the party percentages, as a proportion
of the total votes cast, instead of the correct calculation which
is to show it as a proportion of the TOTAL WHO COULD HAVE VOTED.
You have to include the no-shows . They're NOT lazy young people
who can't be bothered to get off the sofa - they're people who would
LIKE to vote - if only there was a party / candidate they could
support! They in effect DID vote - for 'none of the above'.
Using this , the correct arithmetic, shows the most popular party,
the Tories, got just 29%. And Labour who came second in the election,
got a mere 27% of the total electorate. No one party is getting
even half the electorate's vote - nowhere near it! This continues
the trend for the last 40 years . Is it any surprise when you look
at how out of touch ALL of Parliament's MPs are, with ordinary people?
Stay IN Europe, end Brussels rule: tear up Major's and Blair's illegal
2016 EU referendum should have had a third choice - stay in Europe
and fix it. Instead Cameron gave us just the two extremes of stay
in as we are now - nothing changes; or get right out altogether.
Thre result hs left a divided country. But we can use this Brexit
vote result to get what we need - a reboot of the Britain - Europe
relationship, so we keep the good stuff - free trade , the "Common
Market" - freedom of movement to work here, and so on. But
without all the crap - The Eurocrap- the Euro bad baggage that came
along with the Maastricht and Lisbon treaties. All the EU "Laws",
the Brussels "Parliament", the loads of EU regulations
we've been signed to by John Major and Tony Blair - put these in
the dustbin of history.
are we still talking to the EU?
do we have to go through two years of negotiations?
are they still asking us for money ?
are they threatening us with legal action in their EU "courts" ?
is Theresa May even talking to them at all ?
was brilliant before the Maastricht and Lisbon treaties ... big
growth, full employment, across Europe. Then came Maastricht and
Lisbon - giving sweeping powers to Brussels, making massive constitutional
changes for us all. Other countries (eg France and Ireland) - gave
their voters a say ... not Blair and Major, they just signed up
on our behalf. The Brexit vote now invalidates both of these treaties
- we can just rip them up. Get rid of all the Eurocrap .... NOW.
We keep the tariff-free trade, keep freedom of movement for workers,
keep the student exchanges. Get up off our knees for a change when
we talk to Brussels.
VAT. The EU's own special invention. VAT
is the Eurotax - a tax on EVERYTHING (With a handful of exceptions
such as food being "zero rated"). . No previous regime
in history thought to tax everything. An extreme socialist like
Michael Foot would never have dared to do this. Even the tax-grabbing
King John - the one made famous because Robin Hood, the world's
first tax-avoider, used to rob his tax-collectors and give the taxes
back to the people - never tried to tax everything. Brussels does
- in the whole world it's only the 27 countries in the EU that have
VAT. We'd replace VAT by purchase tax on only LUXURY goods.
business regulations. The EU business
rules are designed to help big business - the megafirms like Tesco,
BT, Virgin etc - at the expense of small businesses. If you want
to set up even something so simple as a hair salon or a nails parlour
in your own house - you have to apply a book of EU regulations that's
got more pages than War and Peace. Bin all these .
the Brussels recycling diktats. Their
mental rules have filled our pavements and front gardens with multiple-coloured
bins. Where there's no space for bins (like the blocks of flats
in Edinburgh and Glasgow) - food waste gets left outside in plastic
sacks which are torn open by seagulls and foxes. We were the first
in the world, back in the 18th century, to institute rubbish-collection
instead of just throwing it all on the street: Now EU rules have
taken us back to the 17th century, rubbish strewn all over the road
one day every week. No wonder the rats have become as big as cats
in all our cities! We'd make the councils take everything away in
one bin, sort it afterwards. There'd be no incentive for fly-tipping
as any amount of waste would be removed free (well it's not really
free of course, we already pay with our council tax for this service).
insurance premiums. Women drivers have
far fewer accidents than men: they drive more carefully and less
agressively. They're a lower insurance risk, so quite rightly they
should pay lower premiums. The EU stopped this because they said
it was "discrimination". Now we can put this right again.
Search suppression. The EU came up with
the so-called "Right to be Forgotten" which was supposed
to be about people's private data. In fact they've enforced it for
PUBLIC information like criminal court cases, public auctions and
tenders, and so on. Already their stupid "law" has been
used by thousands of criminal offenders to get all references to
their misdeeds, removed from Google searches. We can - and must
- reverse this now.
Cookie warnings. Click on a website anywhere
else in the world - America, Australia, non-EU countries like Norway
and Switzerland - you can go straight in there. But in the EU there's
this extremely annoying delay while the Cookie consent ribbon pops
up and you have to waste time clicking it away. Just one more item
of the EU baggage we can dispose of now.
MAINSTREAM - a brief
MAINSTREAM is a small, new political party - founded in 2005 and
based in the West Midlands. The idea of MAINSTREAM is to try and
re-create, what we always had up to about 40 years ago - a party
capable of getting majority support - i.e., the support of more
than 50% of voters, in an election.
Parliamentary system of first-past-the-post is not going to change
any time soon: we're stuck with it. Right now it's not working well
- but that's not because of the system itself: It's because of the
useless collection of politicians, and political parties, which
have succeeded in taking over political life. They're all totally
out of touch with ordinary people, representing only powerful and
rich minorities and pressure groups. Their ideas about what's right
and wrong, what's sensible and what's sick - don't come from the
grass roots or from working people - they come from snooty intellectual
to challenge the current 3-party political establishment, who are
an assortment of ex-public-school millionaires, nearly all of them
lawyers, and most of whom have never had a proper job in their life.
40% who don't vote. While the Chattering Classes scratch their
heads to think of ways to get the non-voters "included"
- they're blind to the truth: These 40% don't vote because they
don't like ANY of the existing choices on offer!