I subscribe to political party emails in the UK. Here's the start of one I got today (28th Aug 2023). I think it's a fine example of how politics is being dragged into the gutter.
Shame on you Labour Party.
- We despise her shameful resignation where she clung to her MP salary while not doing the work.
- We despise her for her belief that she should have been made a peer.
- Promise to look into Brexit issues and what made 37% of our electorate vote for such a disastrous policy. Even go as far as investigating if another referendum should be held on it. However, don’t make it a disastrous binary choice one like the one David Cameron forced on us. If you must, then make it so that undecided voters count as a half vote for the current status quo – if they don’t agree then they can vote. UK policy should NEVER be instigated by less than 50% of the electorate.
- Promise to investigate electoral reform. It’s time MPs stopped squabbling in Parliament and used debate, negotiation, and compromise to represent their constituents effectively rather than scoring points against their opponents. I remind you members at your conference voted for proportional representation.
- Promise to set rules for Parliamentary standards. MPs should not accept gifts in any form and those who give them expecting to influence policy are guilty of bribery. There MUST be penalties put in place for deliberately misleading or lies in Parliament. Such actions should have a financial cost or even a vote penalty in the next election.
- Treat climate change sensibly. Concentrate on insulation and efficiency first, then alternative energy before nuclear power stations. Using something like a 1mm aerogel insulation layer on the inside of external walls could cut energy use by up to 35%, decrease household energy costs, especially for the lowest quality homes, can be done quickly and if applied free to every UK home will cost less than five of the ten nuclear power stations the conservatives have promised us. It wouldn't take 10 years and the benefits in energy reduction would be felt quickly.
- Do something about our waste problem. In our technological age we shouldn’t have polluted water and seas. Use our waste plastics to replace the bitumen in roads. Toxic pesticides and herbicides are a disaster waiting to decrease life expectancy - just as in the US.
- Remember that when Aneurin Bevan inaugurated the NHS on 5 July 1948, he wrote to the whole medical profession: “My job is to give you all the facilities, resources, apparatus and help I can, and then to leave you alone as professional men and women to use your skill and judgment without hindrance. Let us try to develop that partnership from now on.” Keep that ‘from now on’ promise. Work with the NHS and give them some proper funding.