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   Why we need a new party of the centre - more than ever!

Election 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?

 

Brexit: Stay IN Europe, end Brussels rule: tear up Major's and Blair's illegal EU treaties

The 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.

TIME TO FIGHT

THE EUROSH*TE

Why are we still talking to the EU?

Why do we have to go through two years of negotiations?

Why are they still asking us for money ?

Why are they threatening us with legal action in their EU "courts" ?

Why is Theresa May even talking to them at all ?

Europe 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.

 

Abolish 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.

Small 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 .

Break 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).

Motor 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.

Google 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.

Internet 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 history

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.

Our 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 think-tanks.

We want 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. For the 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!

         

     

 

 

 

  

 

   WE NEED A NEW PARTY OF THE CENTRE

TO RECLAIM THE MAINSTREAM

MAINSTREAM

 

  MAINSTREAM's Key policies

 All our Policies

Mainstream Constitution

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HOUSING CRISIS

The answer is NOT to flood all our remaining green fields with millions of new houses

The answer is to STOP house-buying speculators

  • There's more than 1 million houses empty making money for speculators

  • There's enough brownfield land to build 2 million houses

Suppose you've got some savings. This could be from an inheritance, from a Pension lump sum, redundancy money, whatever.

You could just keep it in a piggy-bank, but each year that passes by leaves your money worth less because of inflation. So if you don't want to splurge it all immediately, you put it in a Savings account. This pays interest on your money - the more your savings, the more interest. But the interest should be at least enough to cover inflation so at least your money is not LOSING its value.

AT LEAST that's what used to happen - till the 2008 crash, when politicians in power all over the world came up with the totally stupid idea of zero or near-zero interest rates. Overnight saving became useless and pointless - governments wanted us to do the opposite, borrow and get into debt, and then spend this money to create jobs. Savings accounts paying a meaningful interest are now only available if you're in the premiership footballer earnings league. For the rest of us the only way to stop your savings LOSING money is to buy a domestic property. This will always go up in value more than inflation, so when you sell it, your savings have actually GONE UP in value.

Well all that credit-fuelled spending has created loads of jobs - but not HERE - these new jobs are all in the Far East. We're all poorer - China, Malaysia, South Korea, India are all richer. So now all these new rich, have lots of savings, they have the same problem: where can they put their money so it keeps its value? There are no savings accounts anywhere in the world. So they look for small countries with big populations, which already have a housing shortage. They also need a country which lets anyone from anywhere buy our houses - no questions asked. You guessed it - they picked on US. Our Tory and Coalition government have been screaming invitations to the rest of the world "you're welcome! Please buy up our property and housing land! It's a good investment! It's shooting up in value!" That's why none of our own citizens can get on the housing ladder any more - even a couple with both working in professional jobs. The Chinese especially are buying up huge chunks of land and housing in all our cities. Most of these houses and flats are empty - they don't care, they know the worse our housing shortage gets - the more their property holdings are worth. They're laughing. We're not laughing.

MAINSTREAM would pass laws to stop ALL overseas speculation. All our housing stock - and building land - would be reserved by law for our own citizens. The expatriate empty-house investors would be forced to sell, house prices would start to fall - this in turn would force more and more speculators to sell to avoid a loss - so prices would fall even more. Then the speculators won't be laughing. But our people who want a house as a family home - not as a way of making a big profit - we'll be laughing.

OUR HOUSES ARE OUR PEOPLE'S HOMES

NOT A GIANT CASINO TO PAY THE WORLD'S MILLIONAIRES A JACKPOT

 

How should the government spend our  £12 billion taxes?

Give it away to third-world governments ? 

or fund our own students'  University courses ? 

"There's something utterly nauseating about the world's richest man telling us that our taxes should be given to other countries, instead of going to our own children's education ."

 

 Bill Gates urges UK to protect foreign aid

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   They're at it again!   The celebrity millionaires who lecture us  that we should give our tax away to other countries, instead of spending it on our own schools and hospitals.  Gates, the world's richest man, tells the Tories they must maintain Cameron's guaranteed amount of overseas aid.  But of course the money is neither Theresa May's nor Cameron's - its OUR taxes Gates is talking about. There's something totally nauseating about this man, sitting on his $86 billion, telling our hardworking taxpayers how our taxes should be spent.

    Current UK annual overseas "aid"  budget:  £12 Billion 

  Current debt OWED by our students:           £12 Billion.* 

  This is the amount our students have been forced to borrow,  to pay their fees and maintenance,  so they could study at University. (This after David Cameron's  coalition government ended the previous grant system, after promising not to do that). (* this is for England & Wales students  - Scottish students are still funded by their taxpayers).

   Our students are  forced to take out these colossal debts - for fees alone, over £28,000 - right at the start of their adult lives; in most cases, before they've actually earned any money. These are eye-watering debts - amounts that high-earners in their 30s or 40s, would think twice anout taking on. And our students (including my own daughter) are contracted to repay these vast amounts of money, from their future earnings in a future job - which they may or may not get.

 Is it any wonder that University applications from our own young people (and especially from boys) is less that in our neighbour countries, as they do the Maths and decide they don't want  to be so much in debt.   

MAINSTREAM POLICY  

  Close the Department for International Aid.   Take  ALL the £12 Billion tax  from their foreign aid budget  .   Use this  £12 Billion instead, to pay for our university students'  tuition and maintenance.    The existing overseas aid is a waste of money - it goes to corrupt third world governments who use it to build palaces for their families and cronies, to buy warplanes and cluster bombs. It's counter productive because it stops these countries from growing up and standing on their own feet - like keeping paying pocket-money to  children after they become adults - and then wondering why they don't support themselves.   

LET'S PUT OUR OWN CHILDREN'S EDUCATION FIRST 

LET'S STOP BEING ASHAMED ABOUT IT

 Your Overseas Aid FAQs 

  Q. I'm sure you're right that most of our citizens would rather spend this £12 billion tax on our own children's education, than send it overseas. But a minority of people do still want their taxes to go to help the Third World.  What should these people do about it ?

A.  yes as you say, some people want to carry on  seeing their tax go to help Third World governments - David Cameron,  George Osborne, Richard Branson, Polly Toynbee to name but a  few    .  All millionaires as you would expect.  Mainstream would have a solution for these people - a new VOLUNTARY tax called G.A.Y.E. 

Q   How would this work ? 

A. Just like PAYE (Pay as You Earn) -  the new voluntary tax  is called GAYE. This stands for Give Abroad Your Earnings .  This would be a box all employees could tick, on their self-assessment or P35, to allow 0.5  percent of their income to go on selected third world projects.  

Q Would the end of Overseas Aid affect disaster relief? 

A.. No, of course not.  Government Disaster Relief - eg after floods, earthquakes, whatever - would still be funded, providing the aid went directly to the disaster victims . What would NEVER again happen is sending money to Third World governments.  (You only have to look at Haiti after the Earthquake, to see the folly of doing that.  The international aid money just disappears from the face of the earth.)  

 

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