The Peace Party – Non-violence, Justice, Environment
of Vision, Views and Policies, 2005
philosophy is based unequivocally on a celebration of life, of concern and
respect for every person. Our aim is to feel compassion for all
We will never kill (or ask another to kill) or cause pain and
suffering to any other for any reason whatsoever.
We apply this thinking
to all areas of policy – we are not a single issue pressure group. Supporters
of the Peace Party believe that the world needs
Justice for everyone and their environment.
Party, in government, would support no more wars, or preparations for them.
This would currently allow around £37 billion each year to be re-allocated to
all kinds of socially useful work – eliminating poverty, delivering peace,
promoting health and education, improving the environment and so on. The detail
follows in this manifesto.
War is destructive to humanity and a morally
unacceptable way to resolve conflict. Killing people must never play a part in
government policy – The Peace Party renounces war entirely. It does not support
any kind of war for whatever reason. It is determined to work for the removal
of all causes of war. It knows that it is time to break the war habit and to
move beyond the use of physical, and other forms of, violence.
means real Hope for the Future
1. Peace is about activity; it is a
process, a set of procedures that imply unequivocal care and concern, selfless
compassion and respect for all humanity. There can be no real peace without
truth, trust, toleration and justice.
2. Peace is about social and
economic justice and social equity.
3. Peace is a myriad of webs of
communication that link us all creating real security and strengthening bonds
between people and within each one of us. In today’s world we can be in touch
with any other instantaneously.
4. Peace needs constant work and
effort. The flows of energy create a force stronger than any weapon.
Peaceful communication is positive, co-operative, constructive and
6. Peace is belonging. Peace is community. Peace is
harmony. Peace is solidarity. Peace is cultivating virtues of compassion,
kindness and consideration for others.
7. Peace is security where people
can define and answer their own needs, where they live, free from exploitation,
violence and persecution. Security comes from within – from within individuals
and from the places where they live.
8. Peace is recognising, when
things go wrong, the cycle of violence and how to break out of it; it means
resolving differences and conflict by non-violent means (peace-making and
peace-building) – finding a common interest, a unity of purpose by listening and
talking, mediation, negotiation, arbitration, conciliation and
9. Peace is about the full development of all of
humanity and the acknowledgement of all human rights.
10. Peace is not
just absence of violence, terrorism and war.
11. Peace is about the
right relationship with our environment, a relationship that is holistic and
12. Peace brings rewards for all for, only with peace, can
13. Peace has also been shown to be extremely cost
effective by several orders of magnitude than meeting violence with
c. All people need policies for Real Peace
government needs to pass laws to
1. Close down all the military,
abolishing the standing armed forces and the military-industrial
2. Take out of use and destroy all weapons stockpiled for
military purposes and thus allow the reallocation of at least £37 billion each
year (£32 billion – Ministry of “Defence”, £1.5 Billion – Foreign Office, £4.5
billion – International Development) (£0.1 billion is, however, used for
Conflict Prevention) to all kinds of socially useful work such as eliminating
poverty, delivering peace, promoting health and education and improving the
3. Withdraw immediately from all military alliances and
from all current military commitments (in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere) - the
UK will never take part in any war again. We will thus greatly reduce, and
probably eliminate, the chances of our being considered a target for
4. Close all armaments factories and research facilities and
subsidise their conversion to peaceful purposes – peaceful production can bring
an end to war;
5. Stop the arms trade: ban all trade in any type of
weapon or military equipment.
6. Establish and maintain a multi-skilled,
non-violent, highly-trained “Sea-Air-Land Disasters Emergency Force”, based on
the coastguard, fire and ambulance services, to help deal with national and
7. Educate individuals and groups, children
and adults, to act rationally at times of conflict and thus to know how to build
trust and self-empowerment, to use conflict prevention and all forms of
non-violent conflict resolution – mediation, negotiation, conciliation,
arbitration and reconciliation or, as a last resort, passive resistance, civil
disobedience, conscientious objection and non-violent direct action.
Ensure that children as well as adults learn about peace, disarmament and human
rights and that they are able to practise peace skills in a non-violent,
9. Subsidise only those youth organizations
that promote peace (e.g. Woodcraft Folk).
10. Set up a Ministry for
Peace as part of a government orientated towards peace.
11. Adopt a
democratic peace constitution for the European Union.
12. Strengthen our
commitment to democratized peace-building organizations including the United
Nations and its agencies, the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in
Europe – for conflict prevention, crisis management and post-conflict
13. Strengthen our commitment to the World Criminal
14. Set up a world-wide disputes settlement service within the
d. All People need policies for Social Justice and an
Our government needs to pass laws to
1. End all
forms of slavery – exploitation of some people continues to exist in our country
2. Ensure that all people, including the young, are able to work
to earn sufficient for their personal needs, subject, of course, to age, special
social circumstances and physical or mental infirmity.
co-operative systems of employment, i.e. systems that are democratic, involving
everyone in the control of the workplace including those workplaces operated by
government and local authorities.
4. Eliminate poverty and inequality.
Simplify the benefit and pension systems at a stroke by ensuring that each adult
has a minimum income of £300 per week. (By the early 1990’s 30% of children
were living below the poverty line in Britain and the gap between incomes for
rich and poor widened inexorably).
5. Introduce higher rates of taxation
for those on incomes over £100,000 per year.
6. Make all tax, for
fairness to everyone, income, wealth or corporate. (We note that, for example,
VAT hits those on lower incomes proportionately harder than those on higher
7. Pay for local services ONLY from central funds thus
abolishing the unfair Council Tax.
8. Work urgently through the United
Nations to eliminate poverty and inequality elsewhere in the world AND THEN
allow unrestricted movement of people throughout the world so that they may live
and work where they like - and marry, or live with, whom they like.
Ensure that society is completely open and inclusive – that no one is excluded
from it for any reason. On so doing, everyone will feel more
10. Ensure that children and young people are treated as
11. Work urgently through the United Nations to establish bodies
to manage globalization. Everything cannot be left to the “self-regulating”
market – such a market does so much to promote insecurity.
12. Work to
reform the United Nations e.g.
Abolish the controversial human rights
Enlarge the Security Council from 15 to 24 seats,
oversight of the UN’s contracts and sanctions programmes,
Create a new
peace-building body to strengthen civil society in countries ravaged by
13. Work for democratic world government and the rights of
local groups of people to govern themselves.
14. Ensure that all people
have good housing at a price they can afford. Our children need a good home
environment in which to grow up.
15. Liberate land for building houses
to ensure that everyone benefits from the wealth tied up in land.
Guarantee the promotion of a healthy life-style and good health for everyone.
Medical, psychological and emotional care must be free to all with the best
facilities available to all, for when ill-health strikes it is often the poor,
dispirited and exhausted that can suffer most.
17. Guarantee that only
drugs tested on people will be recognized and marketed; there must be no more
testing on animals.
18. Make sure that all education is available to
everyone - without cost. Non-means-tested grants will cover all costs of those
needing to live away from home - for travel, lodging and subsistence. Promote
apprenticeship schemes to help the young especially into work.
Ensure that good sports and leisure facilities are available to all and that
they are accessible by subsidized (i.e. free) public transport for the
20. Ensure that everyone is potentially able to take part in
decision-making with voting in all elections by proportional representation (for
example, by single transferable vote in multi-member constituencies as in
21. Ensure that the UK has a sufficient supply of its
own doctors, teachers and other skilled workers – trained ones must NOT be drawn
away from poorer, developing countries thus hindering or stunting their
22. Work towards the de-criminalisation of all drugs,
acknowledging that all of them, including tobacco and alcohol, are noxious,
life-threatening substances and recognizing that making drugs illegal has failed
to stop abuse and has lead to the increase of crime and poverty.
Ensure that the UN is able to work with governments locally to protect
indigenous peoples and
24. Subsidise purchases from these
25. Ensure that the social climate is so supportive that every
mother-to-be will feel that she and her partner and family will want the
pregnancy to run the full term; in a pacifist society there must be no more
killing of unborn children – abortions are contrary to the core vision and
philosophy of the Peace Party.
e. All People need policies for a
where we work with nature, using only our fair
share of resources and
recognizing that every action rapidly affects every
other across the globe
Our government needs to pass laws to
Make sure that everyone has access to free local travel with longer journeys
being even more heavily subsidized than they are at present;
by means of subsidies for wind, wave, hydro-electric power (river and tidal),
solar, nuclear fusion and biomass burning that everyone has access to
sufficient, non-polluting energy – aim to replace as soon as possible nuclear
fission power and the burning of all carbon-dioxide-producing fuels - gas, coal,
oil. Indeed, petroleum, coal and uranium are too useful to burn.
Subsidise the storage of “wastes” from burning and nuclear reactions for future
use (we do not know what new technologies will require as raw
4. Subsidise scientific research programmes.
Guarantee that, as far as is humanly possible, no-one anywhere in Britain or the
world will ever go hungry again by putting in place fail-safe devices to move
food to wherever it is needed.
6. Support fair trade/trade justice by
maintaining a minimum price for products and a minimum wage for producers as
well as guaranteeing markets using subsidies.
7. On climate change – (i)
reduce carbon dioxide emissions by:
Subsidising public transport (making
it free locally and at very low cost for longer journeys) thus making it more
attractive for car-owners whilst
Taxing, even more heavily, petrol and
diesel in private vehicles
Subsidising cycling (e.g by providing bike pools
and cycle routes) instead of private car-driving
Subsidising the development
of hydrogen-powered and electrically-powered private transport (where batteries
are charged from non-polluting electrical energy)
Subsidising the production
of renewable sources of power including run-of-river (not big dams and
reservoirs) and tidal hydro-electric power, wind-generated electricity, solar
power and bio-gas
Subsidising the development of fusion reaction for
electrical power production to replace coal, oil and gas
companies converting from carbon dioxide-producing to non-polluting processes
Taxing companies producing carbon dioxide
Taxing timber that
cannot be shown to be from forests that are re-planted with trees of similar
Working through the United Nations to do all the above all over the
world (more “Kyoto Protocols”)
Educating children and adults about the
dangers of carbon dioxide pollution
8. On climate change – (ii) reduce
methane emissions by:
Taxing waste put into landfill
re-cycling and re-use of materials
9. Reduce other man-produced
Subsidising companies to convert from polluting to
Taxing the polluters
Educating children and
adults about the dangers of all kinds of pollution
10. On climate change
– (iii) reduce the percentage of atmospheric carbon dioxide
Subsidising tree-planting (to increase this “carbon sink”) including
“edible landscaping” i.e. fruit and nut trees.
11. On climate change –
(iv) reduce its possible effects (e.g. global warming, changes in rainfall
patterns, increased windiness and possible local cooling)
Subsidising changes in forestry and agriculture – draining fields,
introducing irrigation, bringing new land into cultivation to maintain and
increase food production (as sea level rises and agricultural land is flooded)
Planning to re-locate residents, factories, offices, roads and railways (as
sea level rises)
Developing multi-skilled emergency services (a Peace
Party-governed country would have no military to lean on)
supply (e.g. by creating canals and pipelines from high to low rainfall areas,
by improving storage of water, underground and in reservoirs), by the
de-salination of sea/salt-water, by subsidising rain-water collection)
Improving/introducing flood relief schemes in river valleys
/making higher coastal defences to protect lands liable to flood as sea levels
rise. (Such engineering works may have limited life but they will allow time
for populations to be moved and for new agricultural land to be brought into
Working through the United Nations to do all the above all over the
Educating children and adults about their role in climate change
through, for example, the National Curriculum and advertising
1. The Peace Party stands beyond the left, right and centre
of current politics.
2. The Peace Party has a radical vision-led
programme which is democratic and anti-authoritarian and stands beyond those who
support the status quo and thus outside current trends in politics. “Without
vision, the people perish.”
3. The Peace Party is a secular political
group. It welcomes people of all religions – and of none.
Party members elected to Parliament have agreed to accept only the equivalent of
the national minimum wage for skilled workers plus actual travel and subsistence
Revised 26th March, 2005