We believe that government should serve the people, and that “the state”, so often derided, is simply the way that citizens work together to enhance the public good.
We believe that government should be:
Open, transparent and accountable, with no hiding place for backroom influence.
Rational, with decisions and policy based on sound evidence, not media pressure.
Courageous, able to make difficult decisions without pandering to short-termism.
Ethical: dedicated to creating a sustainable society and economy with progressive moral values.
Bottom-up: People should be telling the government what they want from a local level, rather than being told from the top.
We believe that individuals should:
Be treated equally by the law, regardless of gender identity, sex, romantic orientation, sexual orientation, ethnicity, race, perceived ethnicity and/or race, age, religious and/or spiritual belief, occupation (current or previous), status of union membership (including the type of union and what union), marital status, or disability.
Be free to act in any manner that does not harm another individual, and does not infringe upon the rights of other individuals.
Enjoy a fundamental right to privacy from the state or their agents.
In short, we wish to ensure government remains open and transparent, whilst individuals retain liberty and privacy.
We believe that we are heading towards a better future, and that government has an essential role in taking us there. We also believe that as a country, we can self-govern better in the future, and will create policy that hopes to re-engage citizens in our democratic process.
The ideas contained in this manifesto are intentionally idealistic; they show the direction we would like to see the UK head in. They are not necessarily policies that could be implemented tomorrow (although a few could be). Any attempt to implement them would certainly take a good deal of work, time, and reform, but we believe it’s important to have a long-term roadmap to which to refer.