The Founding Principles of CORE
All human beings are ends in themselves, they do not exist to serve any other purpose. For this reason, each human individual has an inalienable right to his or her own life and equally inalienable rights to liberty, property and self-defence, without which human life is not possible.
In a civilised society, all citizens are obliged to respect the rights of others. If they do not, say by stealing another’s property, they suspend their own rights until restitution is made.
In Britain today, government behaves as if no such principles exist. It rides roughshod over liberty and property and through its reckless actions threatens the very existence of both.
The collectivistic expression ‘human rights’ is a misnomer: there are only individual rights – only individuals exist. Nor can people have ‘rights’ to anything which implies provision of goods or services by others. A ‘right to an education,’ for example, would imply that somebody else is obliged to provide it, which is enslavement.
The central philosophical objective of CORE is to bring individual rights – the rights to life, liberty, property and self defence – back to where they belong, at the forefront of any political discussion.
At the same time, CORE intends to promote the concept that these British Isles of ours are not a single, uniform, consolidated block, but a free and voluntary union of four peoples: the English, the Welsh, the Scots and the Irish, living in many distinct, self-governing communities. True, in the past, the more numerous English have dominated their neighbours and sought to control them by force. Those days are gone. The future belongs to persuasion, cooperation, and local independence, all tending towards two interrelated goals: mutual respect, and common security.
CORE’S Main Political Objectives
- To free individuals from shackles imposed by the State.
- Vastly to reduce taxation and to get rid of many particular taxes.
- To free the economy from State regulation and control.
- To dismantle the Welfare State.
- To introduce constitutional measures that will in future prevent the State from being hijacked by self-serving politicians and their supporters.
- To introduce competition into the administration of justice and law enforcement.
- To pursue peaceful cooperation and unhampered free trade with all other countries and bring an end to protectionism.
- To reorganise the government of the British Isles into an alliance of four countries – England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland – plus associated communities such as the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, and newly, the Orkney and Shetland Islands.
- To end military interventions overseas, and to pursue worldwide disarmament, while ensuring that the defences of the British Isles are both superlative and adequate to face current dangers. We should no longer depend on allies to protect us but do the job as much as possible by ourselves.
The Immediate Stimulus
In order to revive the economy fully, a CORE government would institute certain policies immediately. Amongst these would be:
The minimum wage, a major contributor to unemployment, would be abolished.
Job seekers’ allowance and unemployment benefit, two other major disincentives to employment, would be phased out.
All State-imposed business costs, such as paid maternity leave, part-time holiday pay, and compulsory redundancy payments, would be gradually eliminated. It would be up to individuals to negotiate their terms of employment.
No person would be forced to join a trades union as a condition of employment, and no person would be forced to pay union dues against their will.
Young people under the age of 21 would be exempt from income tax.
Road tax for lorries would be cut immediately, say to the lowest level found in Europe. Duty on petrol and diesel would also be cut substantially.
Income tax for adults would start on incomes over £10,000. Between £10,000 and £100,000 the rate would be 10%. On any amount over £100,000 the rate would be 20%. The tax would be levied on total income from all sources, including salaries, rents, dividends, interest, winnings, or any other form of income. There would be no exemptions.
Businesses collecting taxes via PAYE would be reimbursed for the costs involved.
VAT would be renamed Sales Tax and levied on all retail sales at a rate of 5%. Those collecting it would keep an agreed portion to cover the cost of collection.
In future, no civilian employed by government, at any level, except for (temporarily) senior medical personnel in the NHS, would be paid more than the Prime Minister.
Daily interest at 10% would become chargeable automatically on business invoices not paid within the agreed time.
Goods paying excise duties, such as petrol, alcohol and tobacco, would be exempt from Sales Tax. The current practice of levying tax on duty is as discreditable as it is avaricious.
Duty on alcoholic beverages would be charged at so many pence per degree of alcohol per standard unit of sale. For instance, were that 10p, beer or cider at 4%ABV would pay 40p per pint; wine at 12%ABV (whether sparkling or not) would pay £1.20 per 70cl bottle; spirits at 40%ABV would pay £4.00 per 70cl bottle.
Tobacco, in whatever form, would be taxed at so many pence per ounce of untreated leaf, or some other equitable rate.
Stamp Duty on house purchases, Capital Gains Tax, Inheritance Tax (or death duties) and Petroleum Revenue Tax would be abolished immediately, along with many other particular taxes, such as that on insurance premiums.
Profits from the National Lottery would be entirely devoted to paying off the National Debt. When current contracts had expired, running the lottery would be handed over to Mr Richard Branson, if he still so wishes, who once offered to do the job for free.