NO MORE COLONIALIST WARS
We've been in the 21st century for 18 years but you wouldn't think so from the way the Labour, Lib Dems and Tories who've been in charge during those years, have behaved towards the third world; and in particular towards Moslem countries in the Middle East and Africa. It's like their mindset is still back in 1930 - that we're some kind of 'mother country' and it's our divinely-authorised task to 'sort out' all the problems of our 'children ' in Africa and the Middle East. So Labour's Blair invaded Iraq to 'fix' their democracy by removing Sadam Hussein and 'bringing them' democracy. Cameron and Clegg did the same thing in Libya - taking sides in the Civil War; bombing Libya but of course, making sure we bombed only the 'bad' Libyans (the ones siding with Gaddafi).
Since then we've made military interventions in Mali and the Sudan; we've sent bombers and drones into Syria, taking sides in yet another Moslem civil war; and of course, we've never ever left Afghanistan where we've got a large military base and a lot of soldiers. ALL of these are Islamic countries. All of them are independent sovereign states, members of the United Nations and it is not our job to run their affairs or interfere in any way with the local inhabitants! They don't need or want our constant interventions, and they don't even want our advice. They just want to be left alone .
A MAINSTREAM government would GET US OUT and KEEP US OUT of all foreign moslem countries. We'd leave all middle-eastern and African wars to the local inhabitants. We'd concentrate our military here in Europe and for defence purposes only. We're in 2018 - not 1918.
This is called ENDING COLONIALISM. About time.
FREE TRADE WITH THE WHOLE WORLD
As we're leaving the EU's oppresive trade resrictions, which penalise any members who trade with countries outside the bloc - we'll be able to, and open to, trade freely with every country in the world. Of course our European neighbours are our most important trading partners, so a priority should be urgent individual trade agreements with our closest neighbours especially Ireland, France, Spain, Portugal and Germany. This can only lead to an increase in jobs here, cuts in the price of imported food, and a better standard of living.
NATO: REINFORCE TIES
NATO's resolve and forces have kept western Europe safe from war for over 70 years (The two post-war conflicts in Eastern Europe, in the Balkans and Ukraine, were nothing to do with NATO but were both caused by Brussels EU meddling). Now with Trump threatening to pull out of NATO there are doubts about our ability to stand up to outside agression. We need to re-inforce the bonds of this great defence partnership, increasing joint training excercises with member countries.
A FINANCIAL NUDGE TO FIX THE DISFUNCTIONAL U.N.
The United Nations started out in 1945 with high hopes: an inter-nation gathering to stop all future wars. Now, seventy years on, it's turned into a fiasco. It stops hardly any of the wars, instead concentrating on criticising the internal politics of member-states in Europe. You only have to look at the UN's record in Africa. Most of the world's wars in modern times been in Africa. At any given time, there's always three or four wars there - you could justifiably call Africa "the war continent". Instead of intervening in Africa's wars, the UN spends its time interfering in the West - especially Britain - about our internal taxation and benefit policies. These UN agents come visiting with their self-important titles "special rapporteur"; move into five-star hotels and produce their "reports" - finding endless faults with Britain. These UN personnel should be refused entry, given their tropical vaccine shots, and packed on to the first plane to Africa. Then they can get up off their arse and start fixing the world's real problems, instead of the imaginary ones they find in our country. They are a disgrace to the memory of the early UN leaders, like Dag Hammarskjöld.
Instead of mending Africa's war-zones - the UN advises their people to all leave, and travel to Europe or the USA - "They've got the the right to all settle there as refugees if they want". And that it's quite OK for them to send their children in advance, travelling alone, as a ploy to jump the queue. (Funnily enough. the UN also says Britain's the least happy country in the world for children to grow up in). In practice, the Africans who do leave are the fittest and most highly skilled - leaving behind even more hardships in their own communities.
Mind you, politicians in the UK haven't helped the UN's dangerous peacekeeping operations. From their safe armchairs here, they've been carping that some UN soldiers had consensual relations with local women. This is called fraternisation - no different from when American troops occupied Germany after the war, they flirted with the local women - nobody in their right mind would call this activity wrong or criminal.
Now let's look at the the UN Declaration of Human Rights. This has one glaring omission, among all the fine words and "articles". It declares that Human Rights apply only after birth. This conflicts with all the world's existing legal frameworks, as well as people's intuitive perceptions - especially, those of women and mothers. They know perfectly well, that their babies have Rights while still in the womb. How on earth was this left out of the original Charter? Could it be because the UN was set up back in 1945, exclusively by men?
How can we pressure the United Nations to change course, and do their job properly? MAINSTREAM has the answer - we give them a gentle "nudge in the purse-strings". The UK is one the biggest contributers to the UN budget - we're the 4th or 5th largest contributer. Our sub for the current year is about £560 million. So how does the "nudge" work? We cut our contribution by half every year, until the UN gets its act together. So this year we pay them £280 million; in 2022, we pay £140 million; in 2023, £70 million; in 2024, £35 million. And so on.
UNTIL the United Nations (A) Recognises Human Rights for children before their birth, and (B) stops interfering in Britain's internal policies and instead, concentrates on ending the wars in Africa and Asia.
STOP OUR TAXES GOING ON INTERNATIONAL AID
Use the £12 Billion Foreign aid budget, for our own children's higher education
"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. The US billionaire who says British Taxpayers must keep on giving our money to Third-World countries.
The present budget of the so-called Department of International Aid is £12 Billion. This was because Tory David Cameron passed a law, setting an absurd figure of 0.7% of our GDP reserved for Overseas Aid. This was Cameron grandstanding his big vanity project , to get him brownie-points on the international stage. He gloats and boasts at every opportunity, how 'proud' he is of us, that we're the Europe's number one contributer to International Aid, how generous because we give £12 billion a year.
Hello ! Cameron (and Tory successor Theresa May) aren't giving THEIR money away: They're giving OUR MONEY - OUR TAXES - away to other countries. What is there to be proud of ? These politicians should be totally ashamed of themselves, not proud. And as for Bill Gates , the American billionaire who has a reputed £86 billion in his piggy-bank - there's something especially nauseating to hear the world's richest person lecturing our hard-working taxpayers, on how we choose to spend our taxes.
And look where this money actually goes: to Third-World dictators who use it to build palaces for themselves, and their friends; and to buy warplanes and cluster-bombs. To rich countries like India, who can afford to have nuclear weapons, aircraft carriers and send spaceships to Mars - but can't be bothered to feed their own starving people, or give them clean water and proper toilets. More and more, experts are agreeing that this overseas 'Aid' is counter-productive; it stops local businesses from developing, in effect stopping the country standing on it's own two feet. (Rather like, you keep giving pocket-money to your children when they are in their 20s - and wonder why they don't go out to work!)
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 ). (* 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.
Abolish 'Cameron's Law' - CHARITY BY CHOICE.
A Mainstream government would abolish "Cameron's Law" - the law setting in stone a 0.7% GDP rule for Aid, and instead ring-fence taxpayers' money only for spending on domestic purposes - no more giving away overseas. BUT as there are some taxpayers who WANT to keep supporting Overseas Aid from their taxes, we'd give them that choice with a new 'G.A.Y.E.' option on the tax form where taxpayers could OPT to pay an extra 0.5% tax , to go to Third-World Aid.
- Abolish the Department of International Aid
- Scrap the 0.7% GDP Aid 'target'
- The £12 billion Aid budget used to pay our own students' £12 billion debts on tuition fees
- All taxpayers' money ring-fenced for internal spending in the UK only
- An optional 0.5% tax for the minority who still want to give money to the Third World
Your Overseas Aid FAQs
Q. You're right that most of us 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 altruistic people want to carry on seeing their tax go to help Third World governments - David Cameron, George Osborne, Richard Branson to name but a few . All millionaires as you would expect. Mainstream would have a solution to help 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. A win-win. We use tax money for our own children - the 3rd world countries still get aid.
Q. Would ending tax-funded 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 disappeared down a black hole.)
Q. Surely Jesus Christ commanded us to give some of our money to the world's poor ?
A. YES he did tell us to give our own money to the poor. He certainly did NOT say to confiscate other people's money, and give THAT to the poor. That's what the UK taxman is doing and it's got to stop.
NO MORE COLONIALIST LAWS
The UK government recently set up a system "allowing" our courts here, to "try" offences committed overseas in foreign countries, and several such 'trials' have taken place. How can this be possible? I know once Britain ruled about half the world, in the colonial days. We don't any more. We have no right to 'extend' our jurisdiction into foreign, third-world countries. These countries are independent and have their own legal jurisdictions. Claiming the right to have jurisdiction in other countries is insulting their independence and is the colonialist mentality at its worst. Mainstream would end this legal colonialism .
Equally, Mainstream would end the absurd notion that we can enforce a "worldwide ban" on the naming of criminals granted anonymity (like Maxine Carr or Jon Venables.) We can legislate to outlaw publication HERE - that's within our jurisdiction. But pretending these bans apply in other countries is colonialist, a total lack of respect for other jurisdictions, that belongs back in the 18th century.
STOP CULTURAL COLONIALISM
Why are we sending £50 Million of taxpayers' money to combat FGM in Kenya? FGM is appalling - but it's not our responsibility to stop it happening in Africa. Where we should be acting to stop it, is right here in our country. Apparently cases of FGM are here soaring - why have there been only two prosecutions? How Kenya's citizens behave in Kenya, is the responsibility of the Kenyan government. Kenya is an independent sovereign state. Us lecturing the Kenyans to change their cultural practices, is colonialism just the same as when Columbus arrived in the Bahamas and told the Bahamian natives to "get dressed". (They had a culture of going nearly naked).
Incidentally the media keeps labelling FGM as an Islamic problem, associated or required by the Moslem religion. This is not true, many of the world's communities which practise FGM have been doing this for thousands of years - the Islam religion only started less that 1500 years ago, so we can hardly blame Moslems for FGM. It's just that they took over tribes, in Africa and Asia, who were already practising FGM, in many cases having circumcision for both girls and boys.
We've got 26,000 people sleeping rough this Christmas. Let's spend this £50 million on our own people - giving some of them a place to sleep. And leave African cultural issues for the Africans themselves to deal with, thank you.
NEW INITIATIVE TO RE-UNITE IRELAND
We're just a few years away from what will be the sad 100th anniversary of the partition of Ireland. It's worth remembering that it's the politicians who divided Ireland, and it's only the politicians who are keeping her divided with the unnatural border between North and South. The Irish PEOPLE - if given the chance to have their say - might actually prefer if it was one country again. But of course no-one's ever let them give a democratic opinion. The only attempt at 're-uniting' Ireland in recent years, was a referendum in the NORTH, asking voters if they wanted their six counties to become part of Eire (the Republic of Ireland). As you would expect, the majority voted NO.
Why can't we consider a different and untried proposal - one which might break the deadlock? This would entail simultaneous referendums in Eire and in Northern Ireland, asking for a YES or NO to the following question:
"The North of Ireland will leave the UK; the Republic of Ireland will cease to exist; Both parts of Ireland will then JOIN to form a NEW political entity (a new country) called IRELAND."
The newly-born 'Ireland' would NOT be a 'republic'. It would be a Parliamentary democracy. The official language would be not be Gaelic , it would be English (the mother-tongue of 99.9% of the island's people). The national flag would NOT be the tricolour but the shamrock. There would be a new constitution. The new Ireland would join NATO and the currency, possibly the pound in preference to the doomed Euro. The 'new' country would feel very different from present-day Ulster. But it would also feel very different from the existing Eire. It would be a new start for North and South - a bit like German re-unification in 1990. And just to guard against the new country not working out for everybody - the new constitution would include a legally binding second referendum after twenty tears, in both North and South , to ask voters "do we stay united, or go back to as we were?"
Controversial - yes ! I'm sure many entrenched policians on both sides of the (present) border would be up in arms ! Extremist republicans in the south, and the Orange lodges of the North, would oppose it. But what about ordinary Irish voters? There would have to be 'Yes' majorities in both North and South to succeed. Maybe the Ulster people would say 'Yes' and the southerners 'No'. Maybe the 26 counties would vote 'Yes' and the six counties would vote 'No'.
But maybe, perhaps, just possibly, against all the pundit forecasts, against what all their politicians tell them to do - both sides might vote 'YES' - and if that were to happen - imagine the outpouring of joy, when the artificial 1922 border gets removed !
The only way we'd ever know what would happen - is if we try it (the referendums would need to be agreed and organised by both the British and Irish governments obviously) . If the initiative fails - at least we'd have tried.
EVEN-HANDED POLICY IN THE MIDDLE-EAST
Recently the Tory Overseas development minister Priti Patel, got sacked because she was in Israel trying to make some shady, secret arms deal with the Israelis behind the Palestinians' backs. Without Theresa May's knowledge. Or was it? We'll never know but it wouldn't be surprising. All our UK governments over the past 70 years - since Israel was created - have been openly one-sided in support of Israel. There needs to be more of a recognition that this dispute has two sides, the Palestinians live there too and they have rights. The holocaust and gassing of six million jews by the Germans was unforgiveable - but that doesn't give present day Israelites the right to do 'ethnic cleansing' against their Palestinian neighbours. All the violence and war in the Middle East, goes back to actions taken in 1948. There needs to be a solution which respects the people on BOTH SIDES of the Jerusalem wall.
TIME'S UP FOR THE COMMONWEALTH
The British 'Commonwealth' is a hangover from colonial days, and doesn't sit well in the 21st century. The basic structure is with Britain as the 'mother' country, and the various commonwealth states around the globe as our 'children' - hello! Nearly all these countries are now independent states and have been so for 60 years. The Commonwealth organisation has done a lot of good - as well as making the English language the world's Number One language. But now its time's up - let's just disband it gracefully, and use the money we save for our NHS and schools.
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