The United Kingdom of Independent Provinces

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What We Stand For


The UK likes to pride itself as a democratic country. However, no matter where you stand on the political compass, it is so blatantly clear that democracy in this country is failing and it is alarming how opposed the major political parties are to fixing this. There is one reason for this and one reason only; they simply do not want to risk losing their stranglehold on parliament because they know that if there was proper representation in politics then their parties would be blown away.

The United Kingdom of Independent Provinces [UKIP] is a political party that wishes to return democratic power to the people. From the First Past the Post voting system to the overwhelming influence of the wealthy on the major parties, there is so much wrong with politics in this country that must change, and the time for change is now. Our objective is simple. This is not about left wing or right politics, or even about 'finding the centre ground'; this is about delivering true democracy, allowing everyone to have a voice and be able to have a say in how their country is run.

A Devolved Union

We believe that the most radical change that needs to happen is a complete cut back on the role of national government by granting major devolution to the regions. Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the 9 nine regions of England (shown in the map and table below) will henceforth be known as provinces and each have their own provincial government which would be responsible for all spending except military spending. National government would be responsible for setting and collecting income tax and corporation tax, with the tax revenue split up between the provinces based purely on population. Provincial governments will be responsible for any further taxation should they so wish to do so.

This isn't about breaking up the country, this is simply about giving everybody the ability to have a real effect on politics for the common good of their communities. It is a fact that the more people voting in an election, the less your vote counts, even with proportional representation. Splitting the country up into 12 for most administrative purposes makes your vote count 12 times as much. This is about recognising that different parts of the countries have different needs and that these needs just aren't being met right now. By allowing each region of the country the capability of tackling their own issues so that we can regenerate the country for the good of all of us.

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Democratic Reform

Whilst we believe our policy for devolution has the ability to do great things for democracy and for the country as a whole, we recognise that it won't fix everything. There is federalised countries all over the world that are no more democratic than the United Kingdom. This is why we won't stop there and we will introduce other measures to ensure that we have a true democracy that is fair and genuinely represents the people.

- Proportional representation: The FPTP voting system which leads to tactical voting and 'wasted votes' will be ditched in favour of the Single Transferable Vote (STV) voting system. This is for both national and provincial elections.
- Direct Democracy within political parties: Also referred to as participatory democracy, political parties will be obliged to allow all paid members to vote on policy and senior roles within the party. This will be done through an internet system and will allow members of every party to really influence the policies of their party so that they truly represent their opinions.
- Citizens Initiative: We will introduce the citizens initiative, where anybody can start a petition and if it is signed by 1% of the population (with regards to either the national population or the particular provinces population depending on the nature of the petition) then it will be put to a referendum. This will allow the public to force issues that government is choosing to ignore, particularly in the event of a coalition which is more likely under proportional representation.
- Donations to political parties will be capped at £1000: This is to prevent the wealthy having an overbearing influence on government policy as they do right now.

Summary

UKIP is primarily focused on reforming democracy so that it is truly representative of the people. Our most radical policy is to devolve the country into 12 provinces (Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland & 9 regions of England) in order to severely cut back on central government. This will allow provincial governments to deal with the particular issues closer to home. Other policies include:
- Replacing the FPTP voting system with STV in order to give proportional representation.
- Obligatory participatory democracy within political parties to enable all paid members the ability to influence party policy.
- Giving the public the ability to force a referendum on key issues by collecting a petition signed by 1% of the population.
- Capping donations to political parties at £1000 to prevent the wealthy having an overbearing influence on parties.



KEYNOTE SPEECH

We supposedly live in a democracy, a place where your voice can be heard and where your vote counts, but it is clear that this is not what we have got, and none of the parties are doing a damn thing about it. Until now; we are The United Kingdom of Independent Provinces and we will give power back to the people.

Here at UKIP we believe that the only way to bring back real democracy that works is to shake things up and give people a fundamental change to the formation of our country. We are not are party of left or right, but a party of freedom and democracy. We want to give you a voice that can be truly heard and so we pledge to give you this chance by truly transforming the UK.

Our primary policy is to break up the extreme power of central government by turning this one nation into twelve. We aren’t destroying our culture and we aren’t isolating us from the world, what we are doing is giving you more power, more freedom and more choice.

In one nation, you are simply 1 in 64million whose voice cannot be heard through the party politics and corrupt media that plagues our country today. In one of twelve provinces, you can truly have a say and help take an active role in your community. No longer will you have your policies dictated to you by someone who lives hundreds of miles away and who does not know the problems that face you and your region.

This may sound like we’re breaking up the UK but in fact we are making it stronger by giving local people power over local issues, which they can more effectively deal with than a national government.

Each province will receive a fair amount of money so no longer will most of the wealth be concentrated in London and the south East and held by the privileged few, but by all the people who can use this money to help regenerate the rest of the UK which has suffered so much under the current unequal system which has given one city so much power over the rest of the country.

While federalisation will go a long way to making the UK a fair and equal society where everybody's voice can be heard, it won't fix everything. This is why other steps need to be taken to deliver democratic reform. The steps we will take include replacing the outdated and despised FPTP voting system with the STV voting system in order to provide proportional representation, enforcing participatory democracy within political parties so that they truly represent the views of their members, and capping political donations in order to prevent political parties bowing to the wishes of wealthy backers with vested interests.

You may think that a radical party like ours is a wasted vote, but if you believe in democracy then we are the only party that can truly represent you. If you believe in freedom, if you believe that power should rest with all of us and not just an elite few, then vote UKIP, vote for real democracy.
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Introducing our newest member, dandaman098!

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Also the OP has been cleaned up in order to convey our policies clearer
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I can go with this

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I can go with this

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Good to hear! Is there anything you disagree with or would do differently?

Are you interested in becoming a member?
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Interesting idea, would like to see something like this actually happen.
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Good to hear! Is there anything you disagree with or would do differently?

Are you interested in becoming a member?
Indeed I am interested.

So far there's nothing I would go against. The only thing I can think of is if I found a better way to devolve the country.

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Aside from your policy on ''Direct Democracy within political parties'' I think this party perfectly fits my politics.
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Aside from your policy on ''Direct Democracy within political parties'' I think this party perfectly fits my politics.
Thank you, what do you dislike about that policy?
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Thank you, what do you dislike about that policy?
I feel that it will cause unnecessary division within parties, with people campaigning against each other for cabinet roles. Plus some MPs are very competent and would do great as a Minister, but lack the flair or charisma to get in on a popular vote from their party members.

I somewhat agree with members have more influence over policy, but sometimes a party needs to take an unpopular stance.


But on electoral reform, federalisation and campaign funding I fully agree.
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Guys does anyone have a great idea about how to devolve the country?

I think I have one, PM me

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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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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!
Realised we hadn't added a summary, am I allowed to add that now or does the manifesto have to stay as it is?
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Realised we hadn't added a summary, am I allowed to add that now or does the manifesto have to stay as it is?
You can still do so if you want to.
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Keynote speech has been added to the original post for ease. I look forward to your questions and scrutiny

Just worth noting that questions may take 24-48 hours to be answered if it is something that slipped our minds when setting up the party and it needs to be discussed and agreed upon within the party.

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I feel that it will cause unnecessary division within parties, with people campaigning against each other for cabinet roles. Plus some MPs are very competent and would do great as a Minister, but lack the flair or charisma to get in on a popular vote from their party members.

I somewhat agree with members have more influence over policy, but sometimes a party needs to take an unpopular stance.


But on electoral reform, federalisation and campaign funding I fully agree.
My apologies for the rather late reply, we've all been particularly busy of late.

For me personally, the direct democracy is our most important policy. Far too often you see politicians held unaccountable and parties betraying the values of the people who voted them in. People who have shown a real interest in a party's direction by paying to be members should be able to have an influence on how the party moves forward and keep it in line with their own views.

With regards to causing division, that is something already prevalent. Take the Labour Party for example, where half of them are genuine socialists, whereas the other half are Blairites.

With regards to personality and charisma, while I agree it's an issue, I think our policies as a whole, including this one, will reduce the importance of leadership and promote more of a team ethic within parties. Bare in mind these are paid members who are doing the voting who are likely to generally be knowledgeable in politics and will look beyond charisma when forming their own opinions.
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