“We are all interested in the future, for that is where you and I are going to spend the rest of our lives!” – Plan 9 From Outer Space
When you’ve seen as much of the world as much as I have, something happens to you along the way. You wind up either loving home more than ever, or you end up hating it with a passion and never want to go back. I proudly put myself in the former camp — I have so much affection for our stupid little island it’s silly.
But I’m not blinded by love. The UK isn’t perfect, not by a long chalk. There are so many things we could — we should — be doing better. I want what’s best for Britain and the people who live here, now and in the future.
UNIVERSAL BASIC INCOME
I want to improve the lives of each and every citizen of the United Kingdom. How will I we achieve that? I’ll start by pushing for the introduction of a Universal Basic Income of £150 a week for every British citizen.
It’s time for us to face facts: In less than a decade 90% of manufacturing and service jobs are going to be carried out by robots.
But this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Imagine… a country in which you’re free to pursue your dreams, write a book, learn to dance, set up a small business, raise a family; safe in the knowledge that you’re guaranteed enough money to pay the bills and buy food. Homelessness would be a thing of the past and people will no longer have to work in a soul-crushing job just to stay alive.
I know what you’re thinking… how will we pay for that? Simple…
BRING BACK MANUFACTURING
I will push for huge investments in automation – trains, lorries, automated factories — cleverly undercutting China in terms of production costs (robots don’t need holiday pay) and bringing a new, clean manufacturing boom to the UK. A special windfall tax on these giant multi-national companies will top up the £258bn we spend on welfare anyway (much of that going in admin) to allow us Brits to all share in a bright, clear future, enjoying a freedom like we’ve never known.
With the world becoming increasingly volatile, the fact that we are depending on gas from Russian and oil from Saudi Arabia is crazy. Again embracing cutting-edge technology — solar, wind, tidal, immense lithium battery banks, government subsidies for electric cars and domestic solar panels — I will fight to wean ourselves off dirty energy, and Britain will, for the first time in its history, truly stand on its own two feet.
Britain’s universities are some of the best in the world, but for some reason, the Tory government seem to think they should be the preserve of rich kids from other countries. I say increase the tuition fees for foreign students, and use that cash to pay for free further education for our own.
I want to see a wholesale review of all illegal narcotics. I want drug-users to have to use special dispensaries, making billions for the NHS instead of dodgy backstreet drug dealers. This will deprive the hideously lucrative illegal narcotic trade its primary source of income, protect our children from pushers and create a safer nation for us all.
Putting the “Health” back in “Health Service”
Technology and the windfall tax on automated businesses will financially bring the NHS back from the brink, but there are a couple of areas of the NHS which still need urgent attention.
The first is the current lack of health intervention measures. We heal the sick, which is amazing, but we don’t place enough emphasis on people not getting sick in the first place. Once prescription charges are done away with, I want to see doctors being given the power to “prescribe” the use of gyms and swimming pools (yes, free gym membership!) as well as healthy food, fruit and veg; special low-sugar, low-salt meals which will be freely available from our supermarkets on prescription.
The second thing involves lifting the stigma of mental health. The human brain is the most complex thing we know of in the universe, there’s no shame in admitting it might go wrong now and again. However, at the moment GPs have so many patients to see, they can’t afford the time to really find out what’s wrong — are they suffering from depression, or are they grieving? Are they suicidal or are they lonely? Every person is unique, every case is unique; pills might work for one person, they might make someone else worse.
To this end, I would like to see at least one dedicated MHP (Mental Health Practitioner) in every GP’s surgery in the country.
The staggering success story that is TfL totally destroys the argument that the state cannot run public services. I will fight tooth and nail to re-nationalise the trains, driving down ticket prices and use the profits to swell the nation’s coffers instead of increasing the share portfolios of foreign millionaires.
It’s worth noting that Arriva Trains Wales, Chiltern Railways, CrossCountry, Grand Central, Tyne & Wear Metro operations, the Northern rail franchise and 50% of London Overground Rail Operations are owned by Deutsche Bahn; the nationalised German Railway.
So many of our trains are already nationalised! The only problem is that it’s somebody else’s nation that have -alised them.
LOCAL PUBLIC TRANSPORT WILL BE FREE FOR ALL
A special “customer transport” tax on large corporations will create a pot of money from which our fully automated local public transport systems will run.
MORE POWER TO SCOTLAND, WALES AND NORTHERN IRELAND
I believe in The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. To that end, we do not want to see the Union broken up. That is why I propose that the House of Parliament in London become solely for the passing of English laws. Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish MPs will meet, debate and form laws in their own parliaments.
We will create a new chamber, the House of Britain, populated with representatives from all four home nations, devised in order to debate and formulate laws concerning things that affect our family of nations as a whole: including foreign policy and defence.
Domestically we will have power to make our own decisions like never before; internationally we will stand as one.
A truly United Kingdom.