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Party Manifesto:


Good Day, Britain.

The British Political Landscape has been dominated by major political blocks which never fully expressed the needs and desires of the nation and its people, nor did what must have truly be done to solve the UK's problems. In the dawn of the formidable 21st century, Britain stands stangant, inefficient, and most importantly, divided.

We seek to change that. We have a Vision.

Who we are:

The Vision Party wants to bridge and bring together citizens from all edges of the spectrum and all walks of life. We represent a loosely centrist political standpoint, although the currently narrow and obsolete political spectrum identification does not suit us. For too long the dominant political blocks have been focusing on ideology, popularity, and vote gaining. the Vision Party aims to bring a long-absent Pragmatic standpoint on British Politics, to deal with the UK's problems swiftly and efficiently. We aim to bring the Scholars and Scientist into politics. because the country must be governed by those who know how to make things work, and not by thsose who know how to win votes. Our policies will be implemented with the well-being of everyone in mind, and the optimisation of the government's function, as well as the improvement of the relationship between state and citizens.

We pride ourselves with not being a Politically Correct Party, but a Politically Responsible Party. Research and cross-checking of facts will take a prime role in the legislative process, while the citizens of this country will always be the top-most priority, whom we aim to serve.

Our Policies:

Economy:


The Vision Party will seek to make a holistic evaluation of the UK’s economy and restructure spending and policy. The key target will be not to look at the problems one by one, but, for the first time, see the economy as a vast web interconnected to a variety of factors. Funding will be drawn from where not necessary, and channelled back to sectors in need. The military budget and the benefits issue will be brought to the table and spending will be rebalanced in accordance to detailed economic reviews. In attempting to make the economy more efficient and sustainable in the long term, as well as resurrect it from stagnation, a policy of gradual decoupling will be implemented. Control of major stand-alone functions of the economy, instead of being controlled by a multitude of governmental agencies, will be given to single umbrella organisations that will work independently but in close cooperation with the government.


Immigration:

In sensitive issues like immigration, the Vision Party believes that this is where pragmatism rather than ideological musing is most needed. Rather than arguing whether the UK is a place of diversity or the homeland of pure Britons, we will take only the actions that will benefit the nation in economical and infrastructural terms. We aim to ensure that everyone settling on the isles has something good to bring, and we will not accept anyone who might pose even the slightest burden to the dozens of millions inhabiting our country. Our measures will rely on scientific and economic data compiled from detailed and thorough nation-wide analysis, conducted by the best professionals this country has to offer. We aim to establish a balance between skilled and non-skilled labour, in accordance to the needs of the British labour market with the introduction of sensible and attainable caps, as well as implement a smooth process of integration for everyone, always thinking about the benefit of the many, rather than satisfying the whims of the few. Initial proposals are outlined below.


NHS

The Vision Party is proud to represent a nation with a great universal healthcare System. However, an overall inefficiency and dwindling quality of service is now beyond denial. We aim to restructure the NHS to make it cost effective and highly efficient, in order for it to become a world-wide model for universal healthcare, and an integral part of the British social safety net. By redirecting finance flow and sourcing funds, we aim to disprove all myths propagating the necessity of privatisation and the push of unsustainable neoliberal policies into basic utilities.


Education

Education builds the foundation for the future generations, and as such, the future of the nation. As such, we firmly believe that not only must education in Britain be approachable by all, but also of the topmost quality. With the evaluation and simplification-focused restructuring of our primary education system that has the latest pedopsychological and pedagogical findings in teaching methods as a base platform, we will equip our children with the best skillsets to progress into a variety of fields in their life. Caps in university fees as well as the introduction of merit and need based scholarships will make higher education affordable once again. But academic elitism has no place in our Vision for the UK’s education. We need our plumbers, electricians, and farmers, just as much as we need doctors and lawyers, and so, the de-stigmatisation of pursuing careers in those field’s will be a prime goal.

Family

Family planning and support are high-priority issues for our party. Our initial targetis to assist single parents who, while being legally and physically fit to work, cannot not due to having to take care of their children. As such, creation of national networks of Daycare centres in accordance to the French model, as well as betterment of motherhood conditions and support of single parents, will help these families to not only support their children but successfully combine family life with their career and contribute to both our society and economy. The Vision Party believes in the importance of the future generations and their wellbeing, and is deeply concerned about the long-term falling birth-rates in not only British Citizens, but in the western world at large. We are determined to make Britain unaffected by the Ageing of Europe phenomenon.


Environment

World governments in modern times always dismiss the environment as a largely ‘sentimental’ issue, not worthy of particular attention. The Vision Party, being a pragmatic and science-oriented party, though recognising the sentimental value, sees the environment as a largely pragmatic issue and views it on a long-term scale. As such, it should come to no surprise that the Vision Party believes that this is an issue of upmost importance, not only for our economy, but for the survival of our populace.
Green politics and sustainable development is a cornerstone of our platform, and our ‘Green Kingdom’ policy will form the backbone of all our infrastructural development initiatives throughout our tenure. Development and refocus on public transportation such as expanded railways and High-Speed networks, as well as development of clean energy sources remain high-priority topics, and will have the long term goal of allowing the UK to not only capitalise on its resulting excess Carbon Credits from cut emissions, but ensure the wellbeing of future generation, and the ‘dryness of our shorelines’.


And to Conclude…


But one wonders, Why "Vision"?

The party has chosen its name because above everything, it has a Vision for Britain. We are the only party that think long term, and not just all the way until the next election. The Vision Party takes into account all global trends and developments, and aims to plan ahead for Britain's standing in the ever changing future of an ever changing world. We are the pragmatists that are needed to keep Britain afloat politically, economically, culturally, and environmentally, throughout this formidable century and beyond. We want this country to remain strong and internationally relevant, while the developed world stagnates and quarrels and new powers rise to global leadership. We will not let the UK to drop out the top 10 of Global economies, and if successful, maybe even climb back up to the top 5. All civilizations rise and fall, but our party believes that Britain's time is very far away.

Because we have a vision for a bright future.

And together, we shall be the Architects of Britain’s Golden Age!


Vote Vision!



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Proposed Initial Measures:

-Introduction of an immigration gap at 75.000 per annum coupled with stricter entry criteria.
The proportion between skilled/highly skilled and unskilled immigrants in that number will be greatly favouring skilled and highly skilled persons, or any persons who are deemed to make a positive contribution to the economy with their skillset. The number of unskilled immigrants will be mostly kept at a minimum, but will be reviewed annually and increased in the British Job market sees a need for unskilled labour. This will be done to ensure that any and all migration into the United Kingdom's borders will provide only benefits to our economy and will not pose the slightest burden to the public

-Adjustment of the Military budget, with a potential decrease to 2 percent of the GDP.
The adjustment of the budget will be preceeded by an overall review of the status of the military which will see merger of similar services, cutting of uneccessary expenditures, minor modernisation where necessary, and an overall increase in cost and resource efficiency.

-New cap in student tuition fees and increase of University endowments where deemed necessary.
For the Vision Party, knowledge is power. With the newly accessible funds from the adjustment of the military budget, we will seek to get as many of our young citizens into higher education as possible, first and foremost with the reduction in tuition fees, investment into the betterment of our university and better accessibility of student loans, more will have access to higher education.

-Evaluation of the school system and gradual reform of primary education .
Following the example of other fellow european countries with highly successful primary education system, a full review and evaluation of the education system by the country's best education specialists will point out educational flaws and inefficiencies, which will be gradually phased out of the system, and replaced with modern, child-friendly, and above all, efficient education strategies. The school environment and daily process will also be adjusted in acordance to the findings and advice of the most recent child psychology and educational studies.

-Adoption of Keynesian Economics and long-term sustainable models for a Mixed Economy.
The Vision Party does not believe in Austerity, or at least the way in which it is being implemented elsewhere on the continent. Following the example of other developed nations who have successfully recovered using growth and national investment, we call for close cooperation between the public and private sectors, aiming in the development of a stable, sustainable, mixed economy, focusing on growth and investing into national development within our borders. Based on the Monetary Policy Committee, control of essential fuctions of the economy that require central management for maximum efficiency, will be given to independent bodies acting on behalf and in cooperation with the government, so as to keep national finances and funds stable and efficient. Implementation of similar strategies in other related fields will also be carefully examined

-Introduction of a universal five-pound 'entry ticket' to NHS hospital, to generate greater funds for the Helthcare System and increase its visibly struggling and dwindling efficiency.
The implementation of this measure follows the example of other universal healthcare systems which have seen even greater success than our own. The funds generated from this entrance fee will be chanelled directly back into the NHS and assist with supplies, facilities, and overall improvements. Exempt from this fee will be many groups such as children, unemployed, low-income, disabled, large families, single mothers, elderly, and others.

-Review of the Benefits policy and minor adjustment of eligibility criteria.
The aim of this measure will be to expose unlawful benefit claimants and remove benefits that are deemed unecessary and economically unsustainable. Screening methods will be implemented and carefully designed to eliminate once and for all, everyone who are depending on government benefits while being perfectly able to support themselves and as such, pose a burden to the nation.

-Modernisation of the energy and transport networks as part of our 'Green Kingdom' policy.
The long dreaded high speed rail network and renewable energy issues will be brought back to the table and discussed seriously. Britain aims to become a global rolemodel for nationwide-public transportation grids and energy efficiency. We seek to utilise the country's ample energy resources and cut emissions by a considerable margin. Through this, we also aim to generate additional funds by taking advantage of the carbon market and exchange credits obtained by the reduction of emissions and ultimately capitalising on them. After a gradual implementation of the greening policies, we expect to see a decrease in foreign imports of oil-burning vehicles and energy wich will assist our home industries. The renationalisation of part, or the entirety of the rail network will be seriously examined and discussed and remains a high priority topic in the Green Kingdom policy. Options under study include the establishment of a multitude of national rail corporations in order to maintain healthy competition and low prices but chanel funds directly back to the government. The scheme aims to overall increase the efficiency of the railroad transporation system and create competition between the domestic airline and rail transport industries in the U.K.

-Betterment of motherhood conditions in the U.K.
Increase in paid motherhood leaves as well as the introduction of a national daycare centres' network following the French model will all be part of a wider policy that will help modern families with jobs to have children and maintain their careers, in addition to creating thousands of new, much needed jobs. The Vision Party believes in the importance of the future generations and their wellbeing.


These are only some of the planned out measures. Many others will come, always taking into account the input of the people themselves. Feel free to ask anything.


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-AVGA17
-Krollo
-The Financier
-constantino_chr

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Some interesting stuff here, I quite like a lot of it. Just a couple of things..

Considering you say there has been an absence of a centrist position in parliament, I wonder what you label the three main parties as? Labour in particular I would describe as centrist.

I don't like the entry fee idea for the NHS. Considering the health service is paid for by tax, people would essentially be paying twice. That's why I also disagree with prescription charges too.
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Some interesting stuff here, I quite like a lot of it. Just a couple of things..

Considering you say there has been an absence of a centrist position in parliament, I wonder what you label the three main parties as? Labour in particular I would describe as centrist.

I don't like the entry fee idea for the NHS. Considering the health service is paid for by tax, people would essentially be paying twice. That's why I also disagree with prescription charges too.
Given certain policies in regards to trade unions, welfare, and the relationship between governmnet and economy that the Labour party has enacted, I tend to view the Labour more centre-left rather than outright centre in regards to British Politics. If compared to world politics at large then yes, I am willing to consider Labour as potentially centrist but given the circumstances surrounding our own politics, and the Conservative Party's rather prominent centre-right tendencies, the Vision Party places itself right in the middle of these two blocs, and thus considers itself as the ultimate centre of the British spectrum, as we bring in aspects from both ends and introduce our own pragmatic approach.

As for the entry fee, though we do recognise this might initially be an unpopular concept, we see it as a necessity to not only draw much needed funds for the improvement of the NHS, but improve the relationship between patients and hospitals. The Vision Party has observed an interesting social trend which sees citizens, taking advantage of the System's 100% free availability, queue up at health centres unecessarily often and even for the most minor and trivial reasons. Even an itch might bring patients to NHS centres, taking up valuable time and resouces from the doctors and nurses.. The vast number of these 'minor and trivial cases' in combination with the time that is wasted through existing NHS bureaucracy, greatly hinders the efficiency of the system. An entry fee will encourage citizens to be much more responsible with their usage of the healthcare system, freeing up valuable time, hands, and resources, improving patient flow through health centres, and of course, generate funds. With this measure, we see that there are real posibilities make the NHS a world-wide role model.
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I have recently joined the Vision Party - I shall here outline some of my beliefs.

My main policy which I bring to the party is that, based on the Monetary Policy Committee, almost all control of the economy should be given to external bodies. I would say the same for a lot of other issues.

We should have a combined manifesto out reasonably soon.



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I have recently joined the Vision Party - I shall here outline some of my beliefs.

My main policy which I bring to the party is that, based on the Monetary Policy Committee, almost all control of the economy should be given to external bodies. I would say the same for a lot of other issues.

We should have a combined manifesto out reasonably soon.



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The main post has been updated to include your ideas as well! Please take a look and tell me if you find it suitable! Thank you for your cooperation and welcome to the Vision Party once again! Make sure to spread the word! As far as manifesto writing goes, this shall begin soon!
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The main post has been updated to include your ideas as well! Please take a look and tell me if you find it suitable! Thank you for your cooperation and welcome to the Vision Party once again! Make sure to spread the word! As far as manifesto writing goes, this shall begin soon!
Looks good, I might have put it in its own section but I'm not fussed if you think it looks better.

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I'd suggest this sort of structure for a manifesto:

Intro - who are we?

Economy - general outlook, decoupling, etc.
Immigration - caps
NHS
Education
Environment

Conclusion - why should you vote Vision?


It shouldn't require too much changing from the OP - do you want me to have a crack or would you rather do it yourself?


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I feel as though your party name isn't very politically correct. Not everyone has vision, many suffer from blindness

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I'd suggest this sort of structure for a manifesto:

Intro - who are we?

Economy - general outlook, decoupling, etc.
Immigration - caps
NHS
Education
Environment

Conclusion - why should you vote Vision?


It shouldn't require too much changing from the OP - do you want me to have a crack or would you rather do it yourself?


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Hey there! Sorry for the late reply! Busy weekend! I'll have a go at it today but I'll send it to you so you'll take a look and change/add/comment upon anything you like! I like the structure you've suggested and I'll follow it so thanks for that! And I agree that it shouldn't be too different from the OP


By the way, the vision party finally been formed with all its members! Remember to ask us anything you like!
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I feel as though your party name isn't very politically correct. Not everyone has vision, many suffer from blindness

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The polysemantic quality of a large number of words in the English language, as well as any minute, perceived personal 'offense' it might bright, is none of our fault, responsibility, or concern.
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Very exited about this!

Is it sad that I've put it on my CV? It is isn't it?
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Hey there! Sorry for the late reply! Busy weekend! I'll have a go at it today but I'll send it to you so you'll take a look and change/add/comment upon anything you like! I like the structure you've suggested and I'll follow it so thanks for that! And I agree that it shouldn't be too different from the OP


By the way, the vision party finally been formed with all its members! Remember to ask us anything you like!
Shall I bash a manifesto together, or are you ready to posst yours?

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Shall I bash a manifesto together, or are you ready to posst yours?

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I will be posting mine soon! I'm really sorry for the last minute work :P 23:59 is UK time, right?
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I will be posting mine soon! I'm really sorry for the last minute work :P 23:59 is UK time, right?
I guess so. Let me know if you need any last minute help :awesome:

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I guess so. Let me know if you need any last minute help :awesome:

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Very exited about this!

Is it sad that I've put it on my CV? It is isn't it?

Not at all mate, not at all :P


Although I am curious. What exactly would you put it down as? 'Mock-up party on some online forum?' :P
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Not at all mate, not at all :P


Although I am curious. What exactly would you put it down as? 'Mock-up party on some online forum?' :P
'Participated in the political party contest on the student room forum as a member of the Vision party'
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'Participated in the political party contest on the student room forum as a member of the Vision party'

Awesome! Maybe I should put it too.... :P
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Hi there,

Congratulations! You have met all the requirements set out so far in this competition. This means that you have qualified to continue on to the next round. Reluire will open a thread tomorrow where you will be able to post your speech. The deadline for speeches is 23:59 on the 16th of April. Good luck!
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Awesome! Maybe I should put it too.... :P
Do you want to write this speech or shall I?
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