Ideas

Wendy Cockcroft : Opinion: 'Middle-Out' A Pirate Solution For The Economy?

 

I'm basically a moderate conservative who sees the need for a well-funded welfare state governed by and for the people via a decentralised, distributed democratic process. My personal motto is,

"The individual must be free to act and the will of the people must be respected."

If this principle is not at the core of every policy those policies will fail. The needs and desires of BOTH the many and the one must be kept in balance, with neither gaining the advantage over the other if we want a fairer world. It's the reason I don't vote for the major parties; each of their philosophies tends towards nanny-knows-best authoritarianism and I don't like being told what to do by people who don't care about me.

At the moment, we're caught between the Left/Right dichotomy with either Socialism or Free Market Supply-side ideologies being touted as the solution despite neither of them ever having been proven to work in practice. Middle-out is a departure from both and would create a more inclusive society by providing incentives for production, rewarding labour, and funding a robust welfare state. Let's take a closer look at it.

Scored on policy by 38 Degrees

We've been fighting the European Parliamentary Elections on policy, so it was great to be contacted by 38 Degrees about our positions on a range of issues, we responded, but I thought you might like to read a little bit more about how 38 Degrees arrived at their score card and of course what we said!

The process

In the run up 150,000 38 Degrees members were asked to vote on the issues that were their top priorities for the EU Election. The issues were put together by 38 degrees and included campaign topics and suggestions from their membership. The result of the vote there were six issues that 38 Degrees members wanted to prioritise, these were:

  • protecting our public services and environment from TTIP (The Trans-atlantic trade and Investment Partnership).
  • protecting our Bees from poisonous pesticides
  • cracking down on tax-dodging
  • protecting our private data through stronger rules on data protection
  • getting stronger employment rights for workers
  • getting stronger targets for reducing carbon emissions to protect our climate

The next steps with Policy

Speaker: 
Loz Kaye
Talk Date: 
Friday, 14 September, 2012
Talk Location: 
Manchester
United Kingdom

Who Owns Knowledge

Speaker: 
Ms. Sephie Hallow
Talk Date: 
Saturday, 6 July, 2013
Talk Location: 
University of York Philosophy Society
United Kingdom