London Parties Manifesto Review


With the election just two weeks away, I thought it would be a good idea to examine the manifestos of the main London parties running in Wessex, to see how they compare to our policies. We do not endorse any specific party, but recommend voting tactically for the candidate best placed to defeat the Tory in your constituency. Having said that, let’s look at the manifestoes in turn:

Conservative Party

The Tories’ signature policy is “get Brexit done”. Buoyed no doubt by a huge infusion of cash from Russian donors, their main priority is assisting Vladimir Putin in his aim of breaking up the western alliances, such as the EU and NATO, that serve as a check on Russian power. Crashing out without a deal would also aid them in their long-cherished aim of selling off the NHS and creating a US-style for-profit healthcare system.

Brexit Party

See Conservative Party.

Labour Party

Labour have set an aggressive housebuilding target of 100,000 council homes and 50,000 housing association homes a year for the next 5 years. This would inevitably result in huge swathes of Wessex countryside being destroyed. They have also promised to revive the late, unlamented Government Offices for the South East and South West, rebuilding the Wessex Iron Curtain that has slowly been eroded since the 1990s. As we have always said, the only region for Wessex is Wessex.

On a more positive note, one of their key policies is the creation of a National Care Service, which the Wessex Regionalists have advocated for some years.

Update: Since this post was written, Labour has announced nine new regonal manifestos for England. We will comment further once we have had a chance to examine the manifestos for the South East and South West government zones.

Liberal Democrats

The Lib Dems go even further than Labour, in wanting to build 300,000 new homes a year. On the plus side, they have promised to revoke Article 50 if elected; and to legalise cannabis, which is consistent with our desire to decriminalise victimless crimes.

Update 2: As pointed out in the comments, the Lib Dem manifesto contains provisions for local authorities to band together to form regional governments. This is potentially a very encouraging development that could pave the way towards a Wessex Parliament – if we can persuade the relevant local authorities to look beyond the Westminster-imposed regional framework.

Green Party

As one might expect, the Greens’ top priority is fighting the climate emergency, with a raft of ambitious methods aimed at cutting Britain’s net carbon emissions to zero by 2030. Encouragingly, they talk of “creating” rather than “building” 100,000 new homes a year, with an emphasis on bringing empty homes back into use.

Their manifesto has a section on empowering local government, but predictably, has nothing to say about regional government. It’s David Cameron’s “new localism” all over again. And whilst they have promised a second referendum on Brexit, their overall vision of Europe is highly centralised, far removed from the Europe of a Hundred Flags that we seek.

Conclusion

None of the London-based parties’ manifestoes are perfect from a Wessex Regionalist point of view. As long as Wessex affairs are controlled from Westminster, there will always be a need for our party. But given that we are not standing for election this time round, we hope that the above guide will give you some pointers in deciding how to cast your vote.

4 comments on “London Parties Manifesto Review

  1. November 28, 2019 William

    Lib Dems propose giving the power to create a Wessex Parliament – by far the best from a Wessex regionalist perspective.

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    • November 29, 2019 Nick Xylas

      Ooh, ddn’t spot that, thanks. I have updated the post to include this manifesto commitment..

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  2. November 30, 2019 Rick Heyse

    I agree the first priority has to be to vote for the best placed candidates to defeat the Tories. The Conservative Party is the most centralist of the Westminster parties and one which is the biggest threat to our NHS and the rebuilding of community politics.

    However I also earn against voting for wolves in sheep’s clothing, with a number of Tories standing for the Lib Dems, such as Sarah Wollaston in the Totnes constituency where I live. With her voting record as a Tory, which she still stands by, this is typical of a wolf in sheep’s clothing, making a Labour vote the only alternative.

    When it comes to regionalist politics all parties fall short. Germany, with its Lander system is an ideal model for England, which none of the parties are forward thinking enough to even consider. What they offer is lip service regionalism with the strings being continued to be pulled by Westminster. Lack of recognition for Wessex or the national status of Kernow says it all.

    There are three main considerations in these elections, stopping Brexit and working towards a new social Europe of regions, preserving and reclaiming the NHS and last but not least tackling climate change. The Tories offer nothing on these issues, which is why to me this is more of a stop the Tories election. However this should not silence calls for a Wessex Parliament and s new structure of politics in England and Kernow, it should merely be an opportunity to say what ever the result, little will change and the voices of our regions will still be suppressed by Westminster.

    Great article by the way, keep on fighting.

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    • November 30, 2019 Nick Xylas

      Thanks Rick.

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