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Introduction
The Progressive Conservatives believe that progressive ends can be achieved through conservative means. We believe that modern mainstream conservatism has been corrupted by right-wing libertarianism and has been distanced from its roots. Neoliberalism in Britain has led to the development of two nations. Two nations between whom there is no intercourse and no sympathy; who are as ignorant of each other's habits, thoughts, and feelings, as if they were dwellers in different zones, or inhabitants of different planets. The rich and the poor.

We believe that a more compassionate and progressive conservative approach will lead to a stronger more united Britain. This means abandoned harsh rhetoric surrounding the poor and immigrants. It means ensuring that Britain becomes a more equal society. It means we should be treating all peoples with respect and compassion. While we have been right to support the ambitious and those who wish to ‘get on’ in life, we have abandoned those who cannot stand on their own two feet or who need a helping hand. We believe the wealthiest in society owe a debt to the poorest in society.

The modern Conservative Party is too harsh in its rhetoric and its policies towards the poorest in society, while the modern Labour Party is too incompetent regarding the economy and wealth creators. By equal measure the Liberal Democrats, Greens, and UKIP are useless and irrelevant.

The Progressive Conservatives will build a bridge between ambition and success, and building a fairer and more equal society.

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Manifesto

As One Nation Conservatives, the Progressive Conservative Party recognises that some degree of inequality will always exist within human civilisation, but we also recognise that the plight of the poor is not usually of their own making, and that attenuating the gap between rich and poor is not only necessary to prevent any future revolution, but also necessary in order to maintain the values we hold dear. As Conservatives, we value hard work and ambition. As Conservatives, we believe that hard work should be rewarded, and that social mobility and meritocracy should be championed.

Modern Conservatives still speak of these values but the fact is the contract between capital and society - the social market - that had been sustained for the latter part of the 20th Century has been eroded away.

The free market was convinced by Adam Smith as a way of ensuring that consumers, small business owners, and artisans could be protected against mercantilism. That is to say, argue against the cosy relationship between the political and economic establishments; politicians and corporate leaders. The free market was a mechanism through which big business could be removed from society; monopolies prevented; and ensuring that artisans are paid a fair wage for their work; and that consumers are protected against poor business practice.

We believe that the majority of British people believe in the inherent liberties, innovations, and prosperity that the free market can bring and have proven to deliver. There is no great appetite for the interventionist solutions of the left. By equal measure, however, there is no great appetite for the laissez-faire approach of the modern right. While we believe that governments have intervened far too much in the economy as of late, we recognise that some intervention is necessary to ensure not only the free market itself, but to ensure that both consumer and artisan (worker) are protected from its potential excesses.

Much evidence can be found in the writings of Adam Smith for both consumer protection and living wages for artisans. True to that philosophy, the Progressive Conservatives will campaign for a restoration of both the free market and the social contract binding the market and society together.

To that end then, our legislative agenda would be as followed:


  • Introduction of the living wage: To ensure that work genuinely pays, and to ensure that businesses reword their workers for their graft, we will introduce on Day 1 the living wage. It cannot be fair that in modern Britain, people can work a full week without feeling the rewards of such work. By increasing the minimum wage to a living wage, we can ensure that work pays, and thereby reduce both inequality and poverty.



  • Introduction of a Guaranteed Basic Income: To further tackle both inequality and poverty, and to ensure that workers are more mobile and free to pursue their interests, we will introduce within the first parliament, a Negative Income Tax policy as a replacement for our existing welfare system. This will ensure that those who need government assistance will receive it, but also ensure, through simplicity, that those who cheat the system can cheat it no longer!



  • Empowerment of Trade Unions: We believe that the weakening of the Trade Unions during the 1980s was a necessary process. Trade Unions were becoming far too dominant in British life and rather than protecting the workers they represented, they caused disruption and poverty. We now live in a situation, however, whereby Trade Unions are simply too weak to represent workers. We would change this situation by working with the Trade Unions, and by engaging in meaningful reform. Rather than the existing structure of weak cross-industry Unions, we would replace the system with industry-specific Unions modelled on corporatist structure in Germany. We would tie educational training to the Union to ensure their relevancy in British economic life. We would also consult both Business and Union when introducing new economic plans.



  • Backing Business: We believe in business and entrepreneurship. To that end, to encourage business in Britain, and to show the world that ‘Britain is open for Business’, we will further reduce the rates of taxation on businesses across the board. We will seek to abolish National Insurance, which is essentially a jobs tax, and engage in a drastic war against both burdensome regulation and taxation.



  • We are environmentalists: We would seek to invest more in protecting Britain’s environment and her wildlife. We would invest more in protecting against coastal erosion, and in further reducing our impact upon our Earth.



  • Positive Immigration: Properly managed, we believe immigration can be a great boon to this country. For too long, immigration has been a political football for the mainstream political parties. We would take this issue seriously. We don’t believe the British public are bigoted or racist, or fruitcakes. We believe they are genuinely concerned about the system and perceive it as unfair. We would change this by adopting a Canadian-styled immigration system to ensure that those who have skills are welcomed to Britain with open arms. Through a competence and evidenced based approach to immigration, we believe the British public will begin to understand its importance and feel less threatened by it.



  • A fairer constitutional settlement: We oppose the hostility of the mainstream political parties to the people of Scotland. In a recent referendum, the Scottish people voted to stay within the Union. Following this, however, have been hostility towards the representatives of the Scottish people. We would introduce a new, federalised constitution that ensures fair representation to all British peoples. Engage in further devolution to ensure that the English, the Scots, the Welsh, and the N. Irish can ensure their interests are heard and met. We will engage constructively with the SNP, Plaid, and all other interests.


This is the Progressive Conservatives: Building a fairer society, and a fairer economy on a foundation of Progressive Conservative principles.
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"We believe in the NHS and would oppose all measures to privatise it. We would also increase funding to ensure proper functioning."

Further to left of labour then
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"We believe in the NHS and would oppose all measures to privatise it. We would also increase funding to ensure proper functioning."

Further to left of labour then
Hardly. The NHS is not only a relatively efficient and effective healthcare delivery system, but it is also one of the cheapest in Western Europe.
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Privatisation and owning property is a key principle of conservatism. Why are you saying you don't want to privatise the NHS. Doesn't that make you left wing?


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Privatisation and owning property is a key principle of conservatism. Why are you saying you don't want to privatise the NHS. Doesn't that make you left wing?
Privatisation of public services is not a key principle of conservatism at all. We should be clear, Margaret Thatcher was a free market, classical liberal (at least as far as economics is concerned). Older styled, one nation conservatism can be relatively comfortable with the notion of nationalised services. Indeed, many Conservatives in the afterwar period were very comfortable with the new Keynesian arrangement.
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Hardly. The NHS is not only a relatively efficient and effective healthcare delivery system, but it is also one of the cheapest in Western Europe.
Uh... I just mean New Labour did their fair share of NHS privatization. Squeeze a modern Tory, Blairite or Orange Book lib dem and the same Thatcherite puss comes oozing out.
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Uh... I just mean New Labour did their fair share of NHS privatization. Squeeze a modern Tory, Blairite or Orange Book lib dem and the same Thatcherite puss comes oozing out.
Well New Labour privatised parts of the NHS to a far deeper and faster degree than the current coalition government. I believe the percentage of privatisation at the end of the Labour period was 5%. It is 6% under this coalition.
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Well New Labour privatised parts of the NHS to a far deeper and faster degree than the current coalition government. I believe the percentage of privatisation at the end of the Labour period was 5%. It is 6% under this coalition.
Exactly. Something the left wing voters just overlook and labourites get all angry and do everything they can to ensure no one gets any ideas and actually tries to do anything remote left wing. Pre Thatcher tory governments were more left wing than modern labour in many ways. A fact that should be drilled into the head of every person that thinks labour as they currently exist are some far left marxist party.

It's funny really. NHS as a government ran and funded intuition is incredibly popular. Even among Tory voters. SO yet why is it all big three parties don't give a **** about it. All we can do is vote two sides of the same coin once every 4 years. Democracy is a ruse. I can see why SNP do so well in Scotland. If Ed Milliband continues on the same path I'm done with labour.
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Privatisation of public services is not a key principle of conservatism at all. We should be clear, Margaret Thatcher was a free market, classical liberal (at least as far as economics is concerned). Older styled, one nation conservatism can be relatively comfortable with the notion of nationalised services. Indeed, many Conservatives in the afterwar period were very comfortable with the new Keynesian arrangement.
Thatcher was a neo-liberal. She wasn't a conservative. So I guess your stance is similar to Thatcher's?


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Privatisation and owning property is a key principle of conservatism. Why are you saying you don't want to privatise the NHS. Doesn't that make you left wing?


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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One-nation_conservatism

"one-nation conservatism reflects the belief that societies exist and develop organically, and that members within them have obligations towards each other."

That is miles away from the hedonistic utility (maximizing your pay and minimizing working hours) of neoliberalism. No one is supposed to give a **** about anyone else beyond family and only care about maximising their own utility.

The NHS easily fits in the obligations towards each other part. Although I doubt One Nation Tories would have ever actually brought in the NHS, what with Conservatives generally being against any kind of major progressive upheavals.

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Thatcher was a neo-liberal. She wasn't a conservative. So I guess your stance is similar to Thatcher's?


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Noeliberalism is a branch of conservatism. It's ultra conservative in many ways as it wants to take things back towards how it was in the Victorian era and before when markets were supposedly freer. It just took a foothold when Thatcher and Reagen happened and became the new mainstream right.
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Well New Labour privatised parts of the NHS to a far deeper and faster degree than the current coalition government. I believe the percentage of privatisation at the end of the Labour period was 5%. It is 6% under this coalition.
The amount of privatisation in the NHS as it stands right now isn't really the point. The issue is that NHS has been restructured in a way that opens the door to far more extensive privatisation than was previously possible. People have every reason to be wary.
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The NHS easily fits in the obligations towards each other part. Although I doubt One Nation Tories would have ever actually brought in the NHS, what with Conservatives generally being against any kind of major progressive upheavals.
There is, however, a tendency among Conservative governments to accept that reforms had been made and building on it or improving it. While Conservatives tend to be evolutionary, some Conservative governments - e.g. Disraeli and Thatcher - were interestingly revolutionary (particularly Thatcher, but then again she wasn't a conservative).


Noeliberalism is a branch of conservatism.
I would have considered it a branch of liberalism... neoliberal translated is new liberalism...


It's ultra conservative in many ways as it wants to take things back towards how it was in the Victorian era and before when markets were supposedly freer
You have made two assumptions here; neither of which I accept. Could you explain more?

(1. That neoliberals want to go back to the Victorian era and 2. that markets were supposedly freer)
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The amount of privatisation in the NHS as it stands right now isn't really the point. The issue is that NHS has been restructured in a way that opens the door to far more extensive privatisation than was previously possible. People have every reason to be wary.
I agree. No one really cares that like 6% of the nhs is currently private; that's not the point. The point is it could lead to a slippery slope.
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Interesting ideas. The idea on immigration seems like a good one as with immigration, it can be beneficial you just need to make sure you know who you are letting in and of course by being selective it would act as a natural cap on immigration theoretically.
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Manifesto

As One Nation Conservatives, the Progressive Conservative Party recognises that some degree of inequality will always exist within human civilisation, but we also recognise that the plight of the poor is not usually of their own making, and that attenuating the gap between rich and poor is not only necessary to prevent any future revolution, but also necessary in order to maintain the values we hold dear. As Conservatives, we value hard work and ambition. As Conservatives, we believe that hard work should be rewarded, and that social mobility and meritocracy should be championed.

Modern Conservatives still speak of these values but the fact is the contract between capital and society - the social market - that had been sustained for the latter part of the 20th Century has been eroded away.

The free market was convinced by Adam Smith as a way of ensuring that consumers, small business owners, and artisans could be protected against mercantilism. That is to say, argue against the cosy relationship between the political and economic establishments; politicians and corporate leaders. The free market was a mechanism through which big business could be removed from society; monopolies prevented; and ensuring that artisans are paid a fair wage for their work; and that consumers are protected against poor business practice.

We believe that the majority of British people believe in the inherent liberties, innovations, and prosperity that the free market can bring and have proven to deliver. There is no great appetite for the interventionist solutions of the left. By equal measure, however, there is no great appetite for the laissez-faire approach of the modern right. While we believe that governments have intervened far too much in the economy as of late, we recognise that some intervention is necessary to ensure not only the free market itself, but to ensure that both consumer and artisan (worker) are protected from its potential excesses.

Much evidence can be found in the writings of Adam Smith for both consumer protection and living wages for artisans. True to that philosophy, the Progressive Conservatives will campaign for a restoration of both the free market and the social contract binding the market and society together.

To that end then, our legislative agenda would be as followed:


  • Introduction of the living wage: To ensure that work genuinely pays, and to ensure that businesses reword their workers for their graft, we will introduce on Day 1 the living wage. It cannot be fair that in modern Britain, people can work a full week without feeling the rewards of such work. By increasing the minimum wage to a living wage, we can ensure that work pays, and thereby reduce both inequality and poverty.



  • Introduction of a Guaranteed Basic Income: To further tackle both inequality and poverty, and to ensure that workers are more mobile and free to pursue their interests, we will introduce within the first parliament, a Negative Income Tax policy as a replacement for our existing welfare system. This will ensure that those who need government assistance will receive it, but also ensure, through simplicity, that those who cheat the system can cheat it no longer!



  • Empowerment of Trade Unions: We believe that the weakening of the Trade Unions during the 1980s was a necessary process. Trade Unions were becoming far too dominant in British life and rather than protecting the workers they represented, they caused disruption and poverty. We now live in a situation, however, whereby Trade Unions are simply too weak to represent workers. We would change this situation by working with the Trade Unions, and by engaging in meaningful reform. Rather than the existing structure of weak cross-industry Unions, we would replace the system with industry-specific Unions modelled on corporatist structure in Germany. We would tie educational training to the Union to ensure their relevancy in British economic life. We would also consult both Business and Union when introducing new economic plans.



  • Backing Business: We believe in business and entrepreneurship. To that end, to encourage business in Britain, and to show the world that ‘Britain is open for Business’, we will further reduce the rates of taxation on businesses across the board. We will seek to abolish National Insurance, which is essentially a jobs tax, and engage in a drastic war against both burdensome regulation and taxation.



  • We are environmentalists: We would seek to invest more in protecting Britain’s environment and her wildlife. We would invest more in protecting against coastal erosion, and in further reducing our impact upon our Earth.



  • Positive Immigration: Properly managed, we believe immigration can be a great boon to this country. For too long, immigration has been a political football for the mainstream political parties. We would take this issue seriously. We don’t believe the British public are bigoted or racist, or fruitcakes. We believe they are genuinely concerned about the system and perceive it as unfair. We would change this by adopting a Canadian-styled immigration system to ensure that those who have skills are welcomed to Britain with open arms. Through a competence and evidenced based approach to immigration, we believe the British public will begin to understand its importance and feel less threatened by it.



  • A fairer constitutional settlement: We oppose the hostility of the mainstream political parties to the people of Scotland. In a recent referendum, the Scottish people voted to stay within the Union. Following this, however, have been hostility towards the representatives of the Scottish people. We would introduce a new, federalised constitution that ensures fair representation to all British peoples. Engage in further devolution to ensure that the English, the Scots, the Welsh, and the N. Irish can ensure their interests are heard and met. We will engage constructively with the SNP, Plaid, and all other interests.


This is the Progressive Conservatives: Building a fairer society, and a fairer economy on a foundation of Progressive Conservative principles.
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Fascist party. Join the Progressive Liberals!
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