A brief summary of six policy areas

I recently found this website, which has profiles for candidates standing in the 2015 general election. For party candidates, it gives a brief outline of their policies in six areas: The NHS, Economy and Taxes, Immigration, Benefits and Pensions, Rights and Crime, and Environment. Under my profile, it had nothing listed for these. I contacted the website and offered to provide the information, and they said that if I published my policies, then they could publish them on their site, but they would each have to be less than 400 characters. So, here they are:

The NHS

Renationalise all parts of the NHS that have been privatised, and commit to keeping the NHS fully nationalised thereafter. Spend more on mental health to reduce longer-term economic and societal costs. Provide more public information to enable and encourage people to better look after their own health.

Economy and Taxes

End austerity measures by raising taxes for those who can afford it and clamping down on tax avoidance. Measure economic success in terms of wealth of individuals, particularly the poorest in society, rather than economic growth for its own sake. Reward companies for minimising the wage ratio between the highest and lowest paid employees.

Immigration

Invest more in housing and infrastructure to cope with a growing population. Cooperate internationally to reduce global inequality so that we can create more reciprocal freedom-of-movement agreements with other countries without negative effects for any of the countries involved.

Benefits and Pensions

Introduce a Citizen’s Income – a guaranteed regular payment to all citizens regardless of circumstances. This would replace jobseekers’ allowance and would be paid for by changes to income tax brackets.

Scrap contributions-based state pensions, so that those who were unable to contribute as much in their working life do not have to suffer the consequences of this in their old age.

Rights and Crime

Have a full review of laws brought in under the umbrella of anti-terrorism legislation that may infringe on our civil liberties.

Reserve prison for criminals who pose a physical risk to society, and concentrate more on prevention and rehabilitation rather than punishment for its own sake. Remove the ban on prisoners voting.

Environment

Renationalise energy so that we can commit to spending more on renewable energy and reducing fossil fuel use without worrying about profit. Renationalise public transport and commit to providing a better service to reduce congestion on the roads, carbon emissions and pollution in general.

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4 thoughts on “A brief summary of six policy areas”

  1. Hi Toby I have just received your election communication and I must say I am very impressed.I was sadly unaware of your standing for election until today.I have been faced with the difficult choice of who to vote for as all the main party’s are committed to austerity.
    I do have one question which I hope you can find time to answer. Did you not consider standing as a Trade Union and Socialist Coalition candidate? A number of candidates who share your views are standing country wide and are benefitting from the support of local activists.
    Thanks Steve

    1. Stephen, thank you for your comments. I have to say I didn’t consider standing for the Trade Union and Socialist Coalition (TUSC). Standing as an independent has enabled me to concentrate on whatever issues I want to give priority to without worrying about whether it conforms to a party’s views. I also want the country to move to a point where standing as an independent candidate is considered normal and where independents are considered electable.

      But that’s not to say I have a problem with smaller parties such as TUSC and the Green Party. I think it’s a good idea for people with similar views to band together, but if individuals are willing to go out and form their own policies, then I think this is equally acceptable.

      One of my main policies to make voting for independents and smaller parties easier to do (without people worrying about wasting votes) is to change to a fair system of proportional representation where fewer votes are wasted.

      My main problem is with the larger parties, which have become too big and have stopped being about principles. They are more like companies trying to win the biggest market share, and have whatever policies they think will win them the most votes.

  2. Hi Toby, I received your leaflet today in the post and I’m very impressed. Will be voting for you and I think my daughter will too. I’m also wondering if I went to school with your dad, but that’s not really relevant. 🙂 Good luck!

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