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 does not support any kind of war. 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, emotional and other and more subtle forms of, violence.
Peace is about the full development of humanity and the acknowledgement of all human rights.
a. Everyone should accept the moral responsibility for their decisions; everyone is accountable to everyone in the community.
b. There should be a high level of involvement in decision-making at all levels
c. Everyone needs to feel that they have a real effect on decision-making
d. Decisions are to be made on the basis of clearly-presented information
a. Hold annual elections for all 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.
b. Hold all elections using the system of proportional representation which most closely reflects all shades of opinions within the electorate
c. Set up and support local committees for small neighbourhoods
d. Hold referendums on local and national issues
e. Ensure that there is full education and information on voting – where to vote, how to vote, etc
f. Limit the term to be served by any one leader
g. Relieve the sovereign of all powers, transferring these to an elected president.
a. Good physical and mental health care is a basic human right.
b. Everyone has responsibility for their own health.
c. It is the responsibility of the community to ensure that full health care is available at all times to anyone anywhere.
d. There must be no discrimination against those with disabilities, be they physical or mental
e. Every adult is free to make life-style decisions without the intervention of the state
f. The long-term use of all psycho-active substances can be physically and/or psychologically addictive so that health and well-being may be harmed
a. Provide the conditions which promote ways of living that encourage a truly healthy life style.
b. Promote the prevention of all disease
c. Provide full and truthful information about health care
d. Ensure that health care continues to be free at the point of delivery
e. Ensure that health care is promptly delivered
f. Continue to provide hospitals, research facilities, dental care and mental health care
g. Ensure that mental health services are financed on a par with the rest of the health service
h. Provide free access to all latest tested and approved drugs
i. Animal-based testing of drugs must be replaced by non-animal-based drug testing
j. Decriminalise, then legalise, all psycho-active substances bringing them into a system of education, regulation and taxation
k. All psycho-active substances to be available for purchase through outlets registered with local authorities.
l. Persons using excessive amounts of psycho-active substances will be referred to clinics through GP’s. Referral may be made by the registered outlets. Self-referral is also possible.
m. All psycho-active substances to become world trade commodities like any other.
n. All psycho-active substances may be subject to taxation, becoming an important source of income for the community.
a. Everyone is entitled to a safe, secure and peaceful home
b. It is the responsibility of everyone acting together to ensure that there is an adequate supply of homes of all appropriate kinds
c. Each home should suit the needs of all - the young, single people, families, single parents with children, older and disabled people
a. Create a housing programme to ensure that everyone has a home of their own to rent or buy
b. Make full use of sites for new housing that have ceased to be used for other purposes
c. Using subsidies, improve existing housing stock
d. Institute shared ownership schemes with housing trusts
e. Ensure that housing programmes contain a mixture of social, rented housing and owner-occupied homes
f. All new housing to be built to the highest eco-standards thus having the least impact on its surroundings
a. The need for the right relationship with our natural and man-made surroundings, a relationship that is holistic and organic
b. There is an over-riding responsibility to bequeath both the natural and the man-made world, its resources, wildlife and plants, cities and transport links, landscapes, water and air, to our children and grandchildren in a far better condition than it is at present
c. Everyone, for the sake of justice, has an equal right to, and use of, the natural and man-made resources of the Planet
d. Each individual has the right to have sufficient for their economic, health, social and physical needs throughout their lives
a. Ensure that we work with nature, using only our fair share of resources and recognizing that every action rapidly affects every other across the globe
b. Ensure that all land is held in trust for the use of the whole community.
c. Make sure that everyone has access to free local travel with longer overland journeys by train and bus being even more heavily subsidised than they are at present;
d. Everyone should have access to sufficient, non-polluting energy
e. Subsidise solar, nuclear fusion, wind, wave, hydro-electric power, including tidal and waste biomass burning
f. Replace, as soon as possible, nuclear fission power and the burning of all carbon-dioxide-producing fuels - gas, coal, oil
g. Subsidise the storage of “wastes” from burning and nuclear reactions for future use
h. To counteract global warming reduce carbon dioxide emissions eventually to mid-nineteenth century levels:
i.Give car-owners incentives to leave their vehicles at home
ii. Tax, even more heavily, aircraft fuels and petrol and diesel in private vehicles
iii. Subsidise cycling
iv.Subsidise the development of hydrogen-powered and electrically-powered private transport (where batteries are charged from non-polluting electrical energy)
v.Subsidise companies converting from carbon dioxide-producing to non-polluting processes
vi.Tax companies producing carbon dioxide
vii.Tax timber that cannot be shown to be from forests that are re-planted with trees of similar species
viii.Work through the United Nations to do all the above throughout the world
i. To counteract global warming, reduce methane emissions:
i.Subsidise more re-cycling and re-use of materials
ii.Tax waste put into landfill
iii.Promote plant sources of protein
j. On climate change, work with everyone to reduce the proportion of atmospheric carbon dioxide to the mid-nineteenth century level of 275 parts per million by volume (ppmv):
i.Subsidise tree-planting including the re-afforestation of land cleared for animal rearing
ii.Promote “edible landscaping” i.e. the planting of fruit and nut trees in towns and cities
k. Reduce the possible effects of climate change, e.g. global warming, changes in rainfall patterns, increased windiness and possible local cooling, by:
i.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)
ii.Protecting lands liable to flood as sea levels rise, by constructing coastal defences and make existing ones higher. (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 use.)
iii.Planning to re-locate residents, factories, offices, roads and railways (as sea level rises)
iv.Improving water 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 and by subsidising rain-water collection)
v.Improving or introducing flood relief schemes in river valleys
vi.Working through the European Union, United Nations and other international organisations to do all the above throughout the world
l. Reduce other man-produced pollutants:
i.Subsidise companies to convert from polluting to non-polluting processes
ii.Tax the polluters
a. Justice is “The quality of being just; fairness; the principle of moral rightness; equity”
b. There is an individual and moral responsibility to behave in a socially acceptable way
c. Justice is upheld as the first virtue of the institutions established by a community
d. All people, from whatever background, are accepted into a community on an equal basis
e. We, as humans, are all of the same family; the divisions based on religious affiliation and colour are merely ones, among many others, of means of identity, and must never be a cause for discrimination or violence
f. Fundamentally, all human groups are equal and all individuals are equal to one another; no individual is superior to another
a. Establish laws based on the basic human rights as defined by the European Convention on Human Rights which is based on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
b. Increase community policing
c. Increase trained civilian workers in the police force so that police officers can carry out their full responsibilities
d. Use imprisonment for an appropriate amount of time for violent and serious crime.
e. Increase community service to assist in the rehabilitation of offenders
f. Support the development of policing committees in each neighbourhood. These committees will have more say in how non-violent offenders will be dealt with by carrying out work in the community. In doing so, it will give the offenders skills for legitimate work, repaying the community and also reducing the incidence of re-offending.
g. Extend the use of restorative justice helping to ensure that there would be a good opportunity for criminals not to re-offend as the offender would have come to fully understand the effects of his/her offence.
h. Strengthen commitment to the World Criminal Court.
i. Encourage research into crime and so hope to come to understand and deal with the attitudes and social conditions that lead to it
j. Focus on the rehabilitation of offenders
k. care for the victims of crime.
l. Limit the amount of CCTV on the streets.
m. Limit phone tapping.
n. Destroy DNA, fingerprints and other information from those found not guilty of an offence.
a. Each individual learner should have the highest value placed on her/his uniqueness and potential
b. Learning needs to take place throughout life
c. The best learning takes place when the individual is ready to learn
d. It is the responsibility of everyone to ensure that they develop their own abilities and aptitudes to the full
e. Learning takes place at a pace determined by the learner and their adviser(s)
f. Education is a process in which each person learns according to their age, ability and aptitude
g. Learning relates to the intellectual, spiritual and emotional needs of each person
h. Personal and local knowledge is a foundation to all learning, keeping the individual in touch with the real world
i. Inspiration is drawn from new as well as well-established thinking and practice in all fields of learning
j. Learners are encouraged to develop a philosophical and critical viewpoint
k. Learning focuses on the practical skills of living together and within the rest of the world
l. The learning experience should encourage co-operation between learners and between learners and those facilitating learning
m. Different ways of knowing and learning and different opinions should be valued.
n. Borders between disciplines are for convenience only and are not to be regarded as barriers.
o. Curiosity, enthusiasm, innovation, creativity and spirituality should be encouraged. However, imagination is central to the learning experience
p. The home and family should be at the core of the learning process
a. Ensure that education and training are free at every stage
b. Replace schools by “Centres of Learning” which would use learner advisers who would have varied roles ranging from direct teaching to large groups, to arranging debates, to conducting small group tutorials, seminars and discussions, to advising and guiding individuals on their learning programmes.
c. Encourage learning through inter-disciplinary enquiry.
d. Encourage learning at home, using parental guidance, talents and compassion.
e. Encourage learning through electronic communication by supplying free computers, on-line materials and connections.
f. Encourage learning through libraries of a variety of sizes from small local ones to those containing a full range of materials in major population centres.
g. Provide the means to support parents so that their children can learn about human growth and development, all aspects of personal health and the development of relationships
h. Provide the means to support parents and all educational institutions to encourage their children to learn to co-operate as they play and engage in activities with others
i. Guide parents and educational institutions so that everyone learns that aggression is a learned behaviour, that it is not inborn and thus not inherited, that games and sports are engaged in for enjoyment and for the improvement of an individual’s health and fitness, strength and stamina.
j. Educate individuals and groups, children and adults, to act rationally at times of conflict and thus to know how to build trust, respect 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.
k. 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, co-operative atmosphere and in that way to learn that peace brings rewards for all.
l. Encourage everyone to learn about the lives of the advocates of non-violence, about the real story of war – numbers killed, injured, traumatised, lives ruined and places where people have been displaced.
a. People should be as greatly valued as the work they do
b. Work is to be valued as a meaningful activity
c. Everyone is entitled to a basic, assured income
d. Work creates the necessities of life – food, clothing, material goods, housing, transport, light and heat, leisure
a. Ensure full employment
b. Provide training and apprenticeships
c. Convert all businesses and services, including the banks, into co-operatives
d. Where full employment is not possible, ensure that all adults have an assured income
e. Refine taxation so that people on lower pay scales keep more of their income
f. Tax, at a higher rate, those on higher incomes
g. Ensure that working conditions are compatible with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights including the right of representation in the work place.
h. Join with other members of the European Union in the abolition of systematic border controls through the full implementation of the Schengen Agreement
i. Pay immigrant workers the same as other working people
j. Ensure that work conditions are the same for immigrants as for everyone else
k. Promote free trade
l. Adopt the Euro in the U.K.
m. Support fair trade/trade justice
n. Take the service industries into public ownership
a. As far as is humanly possible, no-one anywhere will ever go hungry or thirsty again
b. Everyone should take collective responsibility to ensure that everyone does have access to healthy food and clean water
c. The Earth has sufficient to supply the needs (but not the GREED) of several times its present population
a. Remove all food subsidies in the EU and UK
b. Re-nationalise the water industry
c. Be ready to move food to wherever it is needed in times of emergency
d. Support vegetarian and vegan diets, but improving, meanwhile, conditions for farm animals
a. Exercise is essential to maintain good physical and mental health
b. Everyone has an entitlement to leisure time to take adequate exercise and recreation and to develop their spirituality
c. Recreation promotes social as well as physical well-being
d. Violent games and sports are discouraged in a peaceful world
a. Ensure that all facilities are accessible to everyone no matter where they live
b. Encourage co-operation and healthy living through the arts as well as through exercise, recreation, sports and games