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Inflation - the true figures PDF Print E-mail
1973 2013 % change Pint of lager 14p 2.87 1948% Loaf of bread 11p 1.30 1082% Apples, per kg 28p 2.02 622% Pint of milk 6p 46p 667% Sausages, per kg 58p 4.84 735% Butter per 250g 13p 1.42 992% Carrots, per kg 11p 91p 723% Sugar, per kg 11p 93p 787% Coffee, per 100g 28p 2.67 853% Dozen eggs 33p 2.78 743% Flour, per 1.5kg 15p 1.19 724% Diesel, per litre 8p 1.41 1727% Average detached house 16,980 305,391 1699% Gold: troy ounce 34 1,051 2952%
 
Producerism PDF Print E-mail

Populists believe in full employment and that unemployment is a waste of talent and resources. It leads to alienation, lethargy and crime (the saying "the devil makes work for idle hands" is as true as ever!). It is impossible to plan for the future without a job or regular income. Full employment leads to greater purchasing power and lower welfare costs. A producerist society is one in which those who work hard get a just reward for their work. Companies which introduce the "living wage" should pay less in business taxes in order to allow them to do so without incurring huge losses. Populists believe that the current employment "pecking order" is bogus. It should be about who provides society with something of lasting value. Which workers would be required in a "survival situation"? The builder who provides the roof above our heads, the cook, the doctor, the farmer. Who makes the most money in the "real world?"..... the pop star, the catwalk model, the speculator, the premier league footballer...

"Capitalism" also rewards the unproductive such as X Factor winners, speculators and "agents" of various kinds. It promotes those who live off the backs of others, just the same as welfare socialism promotes idleness. We need a system where the money earned is directly related to the amount of hours and effort put into working, and the work should be of real worth to society such as building, medicine and general manufacturing. It seems those who would be the most useless on the proverbial desert island get the most out of the "free-market" system. Populists would change the tax system to redress the balance in favour of those who produce.

Our sympathies lie with those who live off the fruits of their own labour, rather than those who live off others. People who do "real" jobs, not agents and middlemen who live comfortably off the hard work of others. Populists support "Producers First" against those who scrounge off others or make their fortunes by shifting money between different countries.

Say we had to rebuild society from scratch -what good would an estate agent or advertiser be? We'd need builders, cooks, engineers, sanitation experts, farmers and fishermen, doctors and nurses, hunters, etc. If we needed to adapt to a hunter-gatherer society we would be in dire straits. Ray Mears would be very busy training people. We need to redistribute to the truly productive as I have described them. That cannot be done in the bogus free-market.....

 
20 Ideas PDF Print E-mail
20 Ideas to implement in a post-EU economy.......

1. Make businesses that import and employ overseas labour rather than homegrown workers responsible for their education, healthcare, their housing costs and their visas, not the taxpayer.

2. Bring back credit and exchange controls, clampdown on the speculators and use the money gained to get our people off the dole and back into work through creating a National Investment Bank to revive British manufacturing.

3. Scrap student loans for university courses that are the most likely to be of use to society (to provide us with doctors, scientists etc) and restore grants for them

4. Replace VAT with import tax to give British made goods cost advantage over foreign ones. Buy British.

5. Bring water, gas, electricity, coal and British Rail back into public ownership

6. Help for all small enterprises that employ fewer than 10 employees by removing them from Corporation tax altogether.

7. Return to a non-profit making Milk Marketing Board, or an arrangement with dairies whereby farmers can agree an annual fixed price for all the milk they can produce. Any surplus production, would go into the manufacture of butter and cheese products, thereby reducing our need to import foreign products.

8. Tax all stock exchange transactions (the Tobin Tax)

9. Tax currency transfer heavily so that the money people make in the UK is spent in the UK. Not transferred overseas to be spent abroad....

10. Support the control of mortgage lending to ensure that the amount lent is not beyond the capability of the borrower to repay.

11. Implement rent controls to fix rents at a figure that is affordable for the private tenant and small shopkeeper.

12. Oppose the “Bedroom Tax” which will see people in social housing with one spare bedroom will have their housing benefit cut by 14%, while those with two or more unoccupied rooms will see it slashed by 25%.

13. No more sales of council houses at a knock down price to be allowed

14. A ban on further conversion of older properties (pre-war) into multi-occupancy so that areas retain their charm and character and greedy property speculators no longer profit from cramming as many people into small conversion flats as possible.

15. Advertising overseas to fill employment vacancies to be made illegal, as will advertising in any language other than English, so that everyone has a fair chance to apply...

16. Oppose further privatisation of state assets such as London Underground, Royal Mail etc..

17. Defend the pubs and working men’s clubs- abolish duty on alcohol bought in pubs and transfer the tax burden onto alcohol bought in supermarkets and off licences so pub closures are reversed and more pubs open and prosper.

18. Introduce a Basic Income, and maintain the National Mimimum Wage, with a view to making it a "living wage" through the Basic Income provision..

19. A ban upon zero hour contracts

20. Become a Direct Democracy like Switzerland with Referenda chosen by the people, not the politicians. Power to the people not the corporations and bankers.
 
On Stuart Wheeler PDF Print E-mail

There has been a fair amount of comment about UKIP's Treasurer Stuart Wheeler claiming women are not pushy enough to succeed in business. The former Tory donor also said females failed to get to the top because they were not as good at competitive sports such as chess and poker. He continued by saying "business is very, very competitive and you should take the performance of women in another competitive area, which is sport where men have no strength advantage.Chess, bridge, poker – women come absolutely nowhere. I think that has to be borne in mind.”

Having read this on the Politics UK Facebook page I felt compelled to put another point of view, rather than the usual knee-jerk reaction from liberals with regard to "sexism".....

My comments are below:

"The problem with UKIP is that they, like the old parties, are obsessed with "competition", economic growth, markets and so on. This is why the party will remain less attractive to women, rather than any harmless generalisations by Mr Wheeler. We need to create a society which understands the importance of ecology, of cooperative values and of protecting one's own local industry against cheap imported goods, instead of UKIP's freetrade obsession."

"Much as I like the UKIP's stance on EU withdrawal, I cannot help but think that some of them are saying it for the wrong reasons. The EU directives on working hours, maternity pay, clean beaches and other issues are good, BUT they should be implemented by national governments not the EU."

"....... If you look at the Green Party it has a larger female vote than male, and this is directly due to its image of a "co-operative society" rather than some sort of dog-eat-dog Thatcherite economics beloved by those in the UKIP high command. Female voters support localism and cottage industries. They are more opposed to wars (and against NATO's exercises in the Middle East). They worry about the NHS (as do men) and are likely to protest in its favour. Women are "political" but they are turned off "right-wing" parties due to the perception that the "right" is for profit before people, knowing the price of everything and the value of nothing, and for a machismo sabre rattling foreign policy stance. It is not that women are inherently "left-wing", I suspect they, like an increasing number of men, would support a UKIP that was "Conservative" in its real sense, rather than neo-liberal ultra capitalist - a party that stopped thinking about "success" in status or money terms, but in terms that cannot be quantified, such as having a solid family life, a steady job that one enjoys and overall health and happiness. Mental illness, loneliness and atomisation are all on the increase. My belief is that Mr Wheeler's comments are not grounded in "sexism" but in a general distain for those who do not share his materialist concept of "success" and that includes men like me, who think there is more to success than being on the board of directors, having the latest gadgets or even winning at poker...."

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Anti-Globalism PDF Print E-mail

The Populist Alliance does not have a policy on individual nations or races, but it does oppose world government, power bloc politics and international treaties. We are anti-globalist and part of our anti-globalism is a policy of non-interference in other nation's affairs, opposition to interference in our policy making. We believe in localism - the small scale economy and decentralised society as envisaged by EF Schumacher, GK Chesterton and John Papworth. This is the direct opposite of internationalism and multinationalism, which is run by a remote global elite who are increasingly unnaccountable and powerful. A return to small nations, small governments, small farms and shops, and support for the "small man" against the big forces is what we strive for.

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