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So Parliament has voted for a December election, the first time a general election will have been held in that month in Britain since 1923. For those of us on the political Right, who have waited what seems like an age for manifestos that suit our interests, there are many issues which we should campaign on in order to bring them into the public’s thoughts. We probably won’t get half of what we want, but nevertheless it’s interesting to consider ‘what if?’ anyway.
Mass immigration to Britain is currently around 400,000 per year at the moment, a number so large and unsustainable that it is putting great pressure on hospitals, schools, housing and other public services. The ‘points based system’ idea floated by Boris Johnson, Priti Patel and Nigel Farage in recent times is a good first step, but in the long run, Britain withdrawing from the Global Migration Pact, and dramatically increasing deportations of illegal immigrants, is the only long term solution. The other major problem is student visa fraud, something only made worse by Westminster’s determination to remove foreign students from immigration statistics. Priority of places at British universities should go to British citizens. In the long term, Britain must also rely less on foreign workers, and increase its own birth rate to sustainable levels in order to meet the demands of the economy.
The hounding of Britain’s Armed Forces veterans from campaigns such as Iraq and Northern Ireland has been an absolute disgrace. Many veterans, despite being cleared by overwhelming evidence, have been forced back to court again and again on false accusations. Not only this, but many veterans, especially those who have suffered mental health problems as a result of their service, are disproportionality likely to end up homeless on the streets, or take their own life. It is about time Britain brought up its care of veterans to the level currently employed in America by the Veteran Affairs Department, and end the pointless yet decades-long hounding of our troops in the courts.
The last 3 and a half years since the June 2016 referendum has felt at times like an almost unbearable stalemate. If the Conservatives win a majority, or form a coalition with the Brexit Party, then the result of the 2016 referendum must finally be delivered in order for this country to move forward. No more extensions, no 2nd referendum; just a firm and clean break from the European Union. I fear that Boris Johnson’s deal is what will result from all this, yet alternatively voting for the Brexit Party may split the Brexit vote and catapult Labour, the SNP and the Liberal Democrats into power. So, when it comes to voting on such a central issue, voting strategically must be a priority depending on who is running in your local constituency.
Having bade farewell to several elderly relatives over the last decade and a half, there is nothing more gut wrenching then seeing 40% of their assets (which are above the tax threshold) being taken by HMRC after they die. Although originally designed to target the very rich, more and more middle class families are falling into the inheritance tax threshold either because of house price rises, or because of the government changing the limit on who should pay. I think if there is one tax that is overwhelmingly unjust; it is the tax on what parents leave behind for their children, or what grandparents leave behind for their grandchildren. Just scrap it.
Crime and counter – terrorism
Boris Johnson’s pledge to recruit 20,000 new Police Officers is a good idea, although in many ways it simply replaces the Police Officers who were scrapped by David Cameron’s cuts in 2010-15. The real problem though with modern policing is the fact that it is strangled by political correctness, especially when it comes to issues like stop and search. The other rather obvious problem is open borders, and the ability of criminals to simply move back and forth from the continent as they please. Stop and search should be used effectively in known crime hotspots, no matter what the demographics, and a clean Brexit is the only way to ensure proper border security.
The question of why foreign nationals, who live in this country and pose a security threat, are given benefits is a continuing source of anger – and rightly so. All foreign nationals on terror watch lists or on gang databases should not be allowed to reside in this country and should be deported, and the idea of bringing ‘home’ the children and spouses of ISIS fighters in Syria and Iraq should be rigorously opposed. More importantly, the root of much of this problem stems from the foreign funding of many British mosques, something which needs to be banned to stop Salafism spreading in Britain. Mosques in France are having a similar problem, and only strong state action on this issue can prevent future catastrophe.
The £13 Billion foreign aid budget is as ridiculous as it is large. How many British hospitals and schools could use that money to fix leaking roofs or buy new equipment? How many new trains, buses, leisure centres and playing fields could be built with such an enormous sum of money? The answer is a great many of course. If anything needs to be drastically reduced or scrapped entirely, it’s the foreign aid budget.