Ecology and the Environment

Ecology and the Environment

2.10 Ecology and the Environment 2.10.1 The English Democrats believe that the resources of land and sea should be used in a way which gives due consideration to the long-term consequences. Each generation holds the environment in trust for future generations. We should not leave them to bear the cost of our selfish and short-sighted behaviour. Guiding principles 2.10.2 The English Democrats recognise the shortcomings of the Kyoto Treaty but support initiatives which aim to…

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Policing

Policing

2.11 Policing 2.11.1 Policing is an increasingly difficult job due to changes in our society, which now lacks the social cohesion and shared values that once gave us a mostly peaceful and well-ordered way of life. Our cities have become places where it is impossible to perform traditional communal policing. 2.11.2 English Democrats seek a return to a system of policing which recognises the principle that all citizens are treated equally. In their efforts to…

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Agriculture and Fisheries

Agriculture and Fisheries

2.9 Agriculture and Fisheries 2.9.1 English agriculture should be organised and, where necessary, financed in a way that suits English interests. Likewise, English fishing grounds should be treated as a national resource and be managed by a body which includes representatives of the English fishing industry. 2.9.2 The aim of English agriculture should be to provide good quality food at a reasonable price. This should be done in a way that is environmentally friendly. Concern…

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Education

Education

2.6 Education 2.6.1 As in other public services, there is a need to constantly improve standards. The quality of education should be equal throughout England. 2.6.2 England’s prosperity is not based on natural resources but on the skills and enterprise of her people. Our well-being is bound up with the quality of education and training. Education is an expensive investment but ignorance is even more costly, in personal, economic and social terms. A substantial proportion…

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English Parliament

English Parliament

1.5 A Parliament for England 1.5.1 Democratic fairness for England is needed, via a referendum on the creation of an English Parliament, Executive and First Minister with at least the same powers as the Scottish Parliament, Executive and First Minister within a federal UK and a reformed Second Chamber at Westminster. 1.5.2 There should be fiscal devolution so that the English, Scottish, Welsh and N. Irish parliaments become responsible for financing their own expenditure. This…

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English Health Service

English Health Service

2.4 Health 2.4.1 We are committed to making the National Health Service an efficient organisation which provides a high quality service for all citizens. 2.4.2 The need for improvement is such that it may be necessary to adopt a simplified approach to structure and management. 2.4.3 The priority given to a patient’s treatment should be based on medical need, not artificial management targets. Bearing this in mind, we would create a N.H.S. Inspectorate on a…

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Economy

Economy

3.3 The Economy 3.3.1 A Mixed Market Economy-The English Democrat favour a market economy but not an unrestrained market economy. Trade and industry should, within reason, meet the needs of the society within which it operates. Societies should not be expected to subvert their democratic and cultural institutions in order to meet the needs of trade and industry. More consumption does not necessarily produce more happiness. A healthy economy is a mixed economy. 3.3.2 The…

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The EU Political Project

The EU Political Project

N.B. Our manifesto can only be changed by the membership of our party at our annual conference, as such sections relating to the European Union and any referendum will be updated shortly.  3.9 The European Union 3.9.1 The English Democrats favour European co-operation and trade but not a European political entity which undermines the independence, sovereignty, and democratic institutions of European states. 3.9.2 European integration, as conceived by the Frenchman Jean Monnet, had the aim…

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Local Housing

Local Housing

2.8 Housing 2.8.1 Housing supply and pricing is being severely distorted by the levels of immigration into England. First time buyers find it difficult to afford a home of their own and need to take on large mortgages and the attendant interest payments, in order to do so. Social housing is currently insufficient to meet demand. 2.8.2 With our pledge to bring mass immigration to a complete end and to expel illegal immigrants, then the…

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Immigration

Immigration

3.15 Immigration 3.15.1 We need to change immigration policy so that it better reflects the needs and wishes of the people of England. 3.15.2 There should be a points system for entry to the UK which is based on the Canadian and Australian model. Points should be awarded for, among other things: educational and professional qualification; family links with England; financial resources; the ability to speak English. In other words, entry should be determined by…

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