Friday 25 May 2018

The 2018-19 Populist Party executive election has taken place, with the following result. 

The successful candidates are as follows:

Party Leader -    Russell White
Deputy Leader - Tony Morrow
Party Chairman and Treasurer - Lee Consterdine 
Deputy Chairman - Min (Ellen) Davies
Membership Secretary and Nominating Officer - Michele Caruana

The Following members of the Executive (non-portfolio) were also elected

  1. Richard Boyce
  2. Aileen Casey
  3. Reece Haynes
  4. Dick Vardy
  5. Ian Gander
  6. Chris Eynon 
  7. Jason Branton 
  8. Brian Clare 
  9. Jonothon Boulter
  10. Andrew Williams

Congratulations to all those elected. 
Who gets forgotten by every government? 

The self-employed and the small business. Why? Because bigger businesses have the clout that goes with big money donations to political parties that will do their bidding.

Not only do we need to break the corruption inherent in parties being funded by business and unions, but we also need to break down those businesses into smaller units.

Is it right that the same department stores and supermarkets operate in high streets across the country. It is getting worse - the number of "clone towns" is growing each year, with each high street effectively the same.....

Now, some may say "who cares as long as I can get food to eat at a reasonable price", but from a democratic perspective it skews elections and makes politicians beholden to the big forces.

From a small enterprise perspective the self employed builder and plumber cannot compete with a large concern that can charge lower prices, employ cheap labour (often from abroad) and monopolise the industry even though he may provide the classier service and skilled attention to detail....

The small shop often cannot compete, unless it is a niche outlet (ethnic food etc). Eventually 5 or 6 big corporations will run all retail food outlets... Essentially monopoly capitalism has the same effects as communism - a restriction of consumer choice in certain spheres of the economy.

The more of us stop being self-employed or in small enterprises the less private enterprise means to people - and guess what? When that happens people turn to Marxists like Mr Corbyn, because they no longer have a stake in the economy and instead of trying to branch out on their own, striving for self-reliance, they find their efforts crushed by the big forces.

We need monopoly control. We need a ban on most mergers. We need a tax system that massively favours small enterprise over big business. We need far more individual retailers - butchers, bakers etc rather than these being provided by the hypermarkets...

We need to reverse the trend and become the "nation of shopkeepers and artisans that we once were".......

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Localism works for ordinary people. Decentralisation is best for those most vulnerable. Here's a few examples......

1). A family moves from one location to another to ensure their child has a better education.... Then the local council decides to close the two schools, and merge them into one. The family is back to square one, due to centralisation.

2) Two libraries exist. One in the West of town, and one in the East. Mrs Goggins is frail and cannot get out much, but she can pop to the library in the West as it is very near to her. But the council decides to merge the two libraries as part of their "efficiency" plan. Now Mrs Goggins has to get a bus to reach the central library, but the bus stop is too far to walk to so she rarely goes there.

3) Many local railway stations served local communities up until the 1960s. Though they were "loss making" they did provide transport for those without cars. Then, in the 1960s the governments gave Dr Beeching the thankless task of deciding which to keep and which to close. His name became reviled in rural England for decades afterwards, though the people who hatched the plan remained anonymous...

4) Hospitals: Centralisation means that local people have to travel further for routine treatment. And if there is a "hospital bug" more patients are affected..

5) Fire service: I'd rather not wait for the fire brigade to travel miles while I wait for them to put out the blaze. Local fire stations mean they can reach you more quickly...

-- None of the new parties on the scene other than the Populists are picking up on this theme. And some of the older ones, like the National Liberals, have other policies that make them undesirable. We need Populism, we need Localism.....

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Thursday 3 May 2018

Populist beats Green and Lib Dem candidates.

POPULIST candidate beats Green and Lib Dem opponents and comes third in the Shiney Row Ward in Sunderland:

Mel Speding - Labour Party 1,704 (54.4%)
Sally Oliver - Conservative Party 742 (23.7%)
Tony Morrow - Populist Party 414 (13.2%)
Neil Shaplin - Green Party 147 (4.7%)
Nana Boddy - Liberal Democrat 128 (4.1%)

Total Votes: 3135

This is a marvellous council result for the Populist Party, for Tony and the team. The best result the party has achieved. 

We have beaten TWO nationally known parties, and taken the third spot in a strongly Labour ward. This put us on track to field more candidates next time and to build the party in Shiney Row.

Congratulations to Sunderland branch of the Populist Party, and our excellent candidate Tony Morrow!

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