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The Peace Party of the United Kingdom

Policies

Peace Party Policies

Here are brief summaries of our main policies. For fuller descriptions just click the ‘read more..’ link at the end of each summary.

1. Conflict Resolution

We seek a radical reorientation of the underlying principles on which our public relationships are founded, so that they are based on co-operation rather than conflict.

Resolve conflict by non-violent means, finding common interest, and purpose by listening, talking, mediation, negotiation, arbitration, conciliation and reconciliation.

  • Disband the armed forces, decommission all weapons, and withdraw from all military commitments and alliances.
  • Close armaments factories and research facilities, and subsidise their conversion to peaceful purposes.
  • Ban the design, development, sale and distribution of weapons and military equipment.
  • Establish a highly-trained ‘disasters emergency organisation’ to help deal with national and international emergencies.
  • Set up a Ministry for Peace to develop and promote a peace-oriented foreign policy agenda.
  • Press for the removal of militaristic policies in the European Union and oppose the introduction of European armed forces.
  • Promote a peace agenda within the European Union.
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2. Democracy, Human Rights and State Power

A government can properly claim to be democratic only insofar as its policies and actions have the informed and willing consent of the people.
  • Hold annual elections for all public decision-making bodies, electing one third or one quarter of them at a time. This will avoid sudden changes and allow those bodies to evolve.
  • Hold all elections using the system of proportional representation which most closely reflects all shades of opinions within the electorate
  • Set up and support local committees for small neighbourhoods
  • Hold non-binding referendums on local and national issues where appropriate.
  • Ensure that there is full education and information on voting – where to vote, how to vote, and, most importantly, why to vote.
  • Expand the teaching and discussion of constitutional matters in schools.
  • Limit the term to be served by any one political official.
  • Devise a new Constitutional Settlement, incorporating a written Constitution that would enshrine the rights of individuals and the limits of State power.
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3. Health, Food and Water

  • Work for the provision of conditions to support and encourage a healthy life-style.
  • Provide full and independent information about health care — which must continue to be free at the point of delivery and promptly delivered.
  • Ensure that mental health services are properly funded.
  • Legalise the sale, distribution and use of psycho-active substances, while improving the quality of education so that people can make informed and sensible decisions.
  • Drastically improve the provision of advice, help and rehabilitation services under the National Health Service.
  • Promote healthy food and sustainable and efficient farming practices, shifting the emphasis away from resource-inefficient animal farming towards crop-based agriculture.
  • Eliminate all farming practices that involve cruelty to animals.
  • Support the EU’s stand against GM foods, and continue to require that any imported GM substances are properly labelled.
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4. Homes, Housing and Security

Everyone, whether young, single, single parents with children, older or disabled people, or conventional families, should be entitled to a safe, secure and peaceful home.

Create a housing programme to ensure that everyone has a home of their own that they can afford to rent or buy.

  • Make full use of sites for new housing that have ceased to be used for other purposes.
  • Use subsidies to improve existing housing stock.
  • Institute shared ownership schemes with housing trusts.
  • Ensure that housing programmes contain a mixture of social, rented housing and owner-occupied homes.
  • All new housing to be built to the highest environmental standards, minimising its negative impact on its surroundings.
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5. Environment and Stewardship

Private ownership of land, while undeniably a legal fact, is a moral fiction, and we have a responsibility and duty of care to the land we, in effect, hold ‘in trust’.
  • Ensure that we work with nature, using only our fair share of resources and recognising that apparently insignificant actions can have far-reaching consequences.
  • Promote a culture in which land is regarded as being held in trust on behalf of the whole community.
  • Develop high-quality, free local transport systems and subsidise efficient forms of long-distance transport so that they are generally affordable.
  • Promote the development of non-polluting energy provision that will meet everyone’s basic needs.
  • Work towards the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions to mid-nineteenth century levels.
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6. Justice and Law

Without a trial a ‘suspect’ is just a suspect, and an injustice is done whenever someone is imprisoned without trial and without even the prospect of a trial.

Introduce a Written Constitution enshrining basic human rights, based on the models of the European Convention on Human Rights and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

  • Only use imprisonment for violent and serious crime where the public needs to be protected.
  • Repeal the legislation that prevents prisoners from voting.
  • Shift the focus of the penal system away from retribution and towards rehabilitation.
  • Extend the use of restorative justice.
  • Promote public awareness of the factors leading to criminal behaviour and extend the concept of justice to include a responsibility to compensate and support its victims.
  • Reduce the use of CCTV and other aspects of the ‘surveillance-society’.
  • Destroy DNA records, fingerprints, and all other information obtained from those not found guilty of an offence.
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7. Education

Education should be free at all levels, and clearly distinguished from training for employment.

Encourage and facilitate constructive dialogue between parents and teachers.

  • Abolish the National Curriculum and encourage the development of flexible pupil-based curricula through discussion between pupils, teachers and where appropriate, parents.
  • Develop new approaches to teaching that respect the place of the pupil as an active participant.
  • Encourage the study of the place of the individual in society and politics, and of alternative approaches to conflict.
  • Encourage critical thinking and an awareness of cultural and nationalistic propaganda in conventional historical narratives.
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8. Employment

Everyone is entitled to a ‘decent life’. Everyone also has a moral responsibility to make a contribution to society. But each of these principles stands on its own — if they are linked in practice it is only by economic necessity.

Develop policies to ensure that worthwhile and fulfilling occupations are available for everyone, and that everyone is assured of an income that is sufficient for their needs.

  • Ensure that working conditions are compatible with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, including the right of representation in the work place.
  • Join with other members of the European Union in the abolition of border controls through the full implementation of the Schengen Agreement.
  • Press for legislation that will ensure that immigrants have the same working conditions, remuneration, and opportunities as indigenous workers.
  • Support fair trade.
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