Are We a Far Right Party?
No, our policies are a mixture of some Left, some Right and even some Liberal ideas.
Our ethos is grounded in common sense. We are at heart a centre right party, but with common sense policies where applicable.
Fundamentally we believe in a low tax, high growth, small Government Country. Our policies across a range of areas reflect this. In some areas we need more left wing policies, in other areas we need more right wing policies. Some privatisation hasn’t worked, while at the same time some nationalised institutions don’t work as well as they could either. There is much that is wrong in the UK, but there is a lot of good too.
We want better value for tax payers, better services for the public, a fairer, more balanced society where the ‘barely getting bys’ can get ahead. Where the ‘doing wells’ are confident to invest in growth, and where the multinational vacuum companies that suck money and jobs out of our economy pay their fair share back into our Country.
It’s time to move politics forwards, away from the traditional right / left tribal politics of our parents and their parents. We see this not as a battle between right and left and more about right and wrong.
It is becoming clear that much of our privatisation of services isn’t working. Privatisation of train services, water, energy etc. when in reality they have no competition is a nonsense. These are essential services first and foremost, not revenue streams. When you add up the £ Billions paid in dividends to shareholders over the years is all money not invested back into infrastructure and service.
Imagine a world where a utility company was managed as efficiently as a private company, but publicly owned. You would have lower costs for consumers and at the same time, without shareholders to pay, more investment back into the organisation. Maybe then we would have to put up with swage regularly being pumped into our waterways. Just a thought.
Shutting down UK gas production leaves us reliant on the world markets and spot prices at a time when we need more than ever to be able to balance supply to steady costs to homeowners. We believe that renewables are the long term solution, but they are not ready yet. Wind power can vary by over 30% depending on weather conditions and we have no way to store that energy.
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We need to apply common sense to our energy sector while technology catches up with our needs. Reform UK have a strategy to meet 2050 Carbon targets, but we plan to keep the lights on and houses warm while we get there.
We have a plan to lift over 6 million of the lowest paid out of paying income tax at all. This would instantly put £30 per week into the pockets of the lowest paid. You won’t see the Tory Government supporting the lowest paid in society.
We have a low tax, high growth plan to capitalise on the benefits of leaving the EU. Without the constraints of membership, we have the opportunity to grow our way out of the financial difficulties we are in. With more and more trade deals being signed around the world, our exporters have exciting times ahead.
For the benefit of those among you who will say “But we don’t make anything any more”…. we are currently the 9th largest manufacturer on earth. 2019* figures
- China – 28.7% Global Manufacturing Output
- United States – 16.8% Global Manufacturing Output
- Japan – 7.5% Global Manufacturing Output
- Germany – 5.3% Global Manufacturing Output
- India – 3.1% Global Manufacturing Output
- South Korea – 3% Global Manufacturing Output
- Italy – 2.1% Global Manufacturing Output
- France – 1.9% Global Manufacturing Output
- United Kingdom – 1.8% Global Manufacturing Output
- Indonesia – 1.6% Global Manufacturing Output
Considering how much production we have offshored to China and India in recent years it is still quite impressive.
Our challenge is to raise our productivity in the coming years. While many factors including part time working, gig economy workers, hours worked etc. all impact productivity figures, the US is 35% more productive than we are.