UK Community Issues Party
In the 2005 election the UK Community Issues Party published a manifesto on its website. When the link to this document became dead I substituted a link to an archived copy of the manifesto held on this website.
In June 2015 I received an email from someone who refused to identify themselves, claiming to be acting on behalf of the party, and demanding immediate deletion of the archived copy. After replying, explaining the educational and research value of the manifesto archive, I received the following somewhat abrupt and semi-literate communication:
We do not wish to associate with you in any form or anyway. You should
delete this page with immediate effect.
We hope this clarifies the situation. We respect other individuals'
right. You should promote yourself or just those who wished to be used.
Currently, we will be issuing a Parliamentary Petition. Our aim is for
a joint Parliamentary Petition and connect individuals due to the
excessive and endemic abuse of individuals, organisations and
companies linking to other people's website to promote themselves or
boost their website.
We are not not interested in associating with you whether your
organisation is free or not. We believe every individual in Britain
has a right to privacy and every individual has a right to choose who
they associate with.
We do not live in the world of dictators. We believe in a free society
where people can choose who they associate with.
We hope you delete the page with immediate effect. We do not wish to
associate with your organisation and you cannot others to associate
On Behalf of UK Community Issues
It isn't clear, given their insistence on privacy and their strange view of the WWW, why they issued a publicly available manifesto in 2005.
The party fielded 3 candidates: in Runnymede & Weybridge, where they were beaten by the Loony candidate, Spelthorne, and Woking. They amassed 502 votes between them, and came bottom of the poll in each constituency.
I have deleted the original document, but in the interests of maintaining an historical record of the 2005 election, the following report is a detailed description of their 2005 election manifesto.
Report on UK Community Issues Party Manifesto 2005
The party was created by patients and/or their families who experienced medical mistakes and/or negligence when using the NHS
The party campaigned for:
- A safer NHS
- Reform in all Public Services and the Justice System to make openness, honesty, and accountability integral and fundamental and natural to the processes of all local and central government bodies
- They called for an overhaul of public services and the system of justice to reduce bureaucracy and "stop self-investigation and self-regulation costing the tax payer"
- They called for "closure of all existing complaints systems and bodies put in place to assist with complaints throughout the NHS, Education, Social services, Local Authorities and Justice system" in the belief that the public does not get a benefit and they do not improve public services. They argued for the re-investment of any money thus saved to improve public services and pensions, and ultimately reduce taxes. It was their concern that the poorest in society should not suffer the worst services
- A reduction in the scale of medical errors, including incidents of blood clots, and incidents of MRSA
- They believed that the politicians from the three major parties (Tony Blair, Michael Howard, and Charles Kennedy) had failed to help victims of the NHS and to treat patients justly when mishaps occurred
- They called for a full public independent investigation into all unsolved complaints by victims of the NHS and a reform of the NHS on the basis of the results of these investigations
- They believed that public services could be improved by eliminating bureaucracy, and not allowing public bodies to investigate themselves
- Convert the Ombudsman into "a tribunal that will make recommendations, enforce them and remove those who fail", and have local tribunals to deal with minor complaints and to make recommendations
- Reform the Citizens Advice Bureau so that it also assisted with taking complaints through to a tribunal as and when necessary
- More effective policing; increasing police on the beat; and using unmarked police cars
- More prisons should be built, and stricter sentencing guidelines should be introduced "to allow longer sentences to suit the crime". Fines/damages should cover the full cost of the offence committed
- Custodial sentences should be introduced for all attacks on the vulnerable and elderly
- There should be zero tolerance of "drug dealers, arsonists, racists, thieves, vandals, anti-social behaviour, harassment, alcohol-related street crime, crimes involving joy riders, stolen vehicles and driving without a licence/insurance/MOT"
- Tuition fees for higher education should be scrapped
- Education should include "more in depth lessons on life issues, i.e. teenage pregnancy, drinking, drugs, crimes and violence"
- There should be zero tolerance of bullying in schools
- Failing teachers, or those who cover up complaints, should be dismissed. Parents should not be forced to remove their children from schools
- School Governors should not be involved in handling complaints by parents "as this is a part of the cover up in Education"
- Increases in council taxes should be kept within the rate of inflation, and should be based on the ability to pay
- Councils should not be required to give the proceeds from the sale of assets to the Government; such money should be used to increase the number of homes to let
- They called for "the right to decide our future by referendum so that British people have a say in decisions in Europe"
- The UN should be moved to Europe "to help prevent it being influenced by any one individual country"
- Member countries must comply with International Law and respect Human Rights. Where there is conflict, embargoes should be imposed "to prevent loss of lives"
- There would be greater stability throughout the world if "the provision of arms" was only approved through the U.N. The U.N. should have the final decision as to whether to go to war
- The Palestinian issue must be resolved and Palestinian land reinstated
- They called for British troops to be pulled out of Iraq and replaced by U.N. troops. They argued that Tony Blair took Britain into a war that he could not justify, and that Michael Howard supported the decision to go to war. "Many British troops and innocent Iraqis lost their lives at the cost of the tax payer. Can you trust these politicians to make future decisions on world peace?"