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  Press Cycle: International Development
Posted by: Steve (Unmasked) - 05-26-2018, 10:47 AM - Forum: The Press - Replies (17)

"With the government publishing plans on foreign aid, are you confident the extra money being spent is being spent well?"

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  Lib Dem Speech: Federation of Small Businesses
Posted by: Rebecca Flair (Unmasked) - 05-25-2018, 07:57 AM - Forum: Marked Speeches and Conferences - Replies (1)

Ladies and Gentleman,

Thank you for your warmest of welcomes, it is a true privilege to be here at the Federation of Small Businesses to unveil the Liberal Democrats’ jobs policy in response to the recent economic developments.

This past year has been tough for business, in December of last year the World watched and wept as terrorists flew planes into the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon whilst similar attacks were carried out elsewhere in the World, notably in France. These actions have destabilised the global economy leading to an economic slowdown, and in some cases an actual recession. I believe that it is a great testament to the moderation showed by the Labour Party under Chancellors Brown, Manning, and Thomas that the United Kingdom has avoided recession. The Institute of Directors have got it spot on when they say that had the purse strings been loosened and we had run a deficit as the Tories suggested we would have been in far more dire straits. It is good to see that the Labour Party have truly abandoned the policies of failure that led to the Winter of Discontent and an eighteen year spell of Tory rule, even if the Conservative Party seem dead set on resurrecting that old way of doing things.

We are yet to see a plan from the Government to tackle jobs, I do not doubt that we shall see it in four months when the Budget comes to pass, sadly we have seen the Conservative Plan and it is a truly awful one. When combined with their manifesto commitments the Conservative Party would run a budget deficit of no less than £11bn without cuts to other spending departments or tax rises for the very poorest in our society as in the VAT. Taken independently the Conservative Plan has some good ideas in it, their manifesto commitment to raise the income tax threshold to £10,000 will raise millions out of tax altogether allowing them to focus their finances on other areas such as food, electricity and rent. However even these policies must be handled with care as they represent an enormous drain on the Exchequer that cannot then be used to fund areas like education which will be essential to ensuring that economic growth is sustained and that wealth and income are more equal across the nation. People say that with a bit of hard work anyone can escape the poverty trap and whilst this is true to a degree, education is the key to making a wholesale difference to everyone’s lives, we cannot compromise funding to key Government services as part of a populist giveaway.

But when we get passed the good ideas that could be worked on by all parties we see a Conservative Party plan that is sorely lacking in any kind of thinking. As I said, there is an £11bn deficit in their current spending and taxation plans which represents a solid £35bn worsening of the national finances. But it is not just the deficit that is alarming, what is truly alarming is their response to the jobs crisis which is gripping our nation. The Tory response can be simplified into three basic steps, they want to create a National Investment Bank, they want to reduce the risk when it comes to investment, and they want to increase investment into research and development. None of these plans are costed and none of these plans can be funded without more debt and more deficit which has been stated to cause us even more economic hardship anyway, something the Shadow Chancellor neglected to mention when she spoke to the very people who said it in the first place. A National Investment Bank is a nice theoretical idea, indeed if the Conservatives were not already committed to an £11bn deficit I may even be able to stand here and call it a stroke of genius by the Shadow Chancellor. However sadly we have no idea how much money they will be able to spend, under what conditions and where they will be able to spend it, or indeed when it will actually be set up in the Conservative Plan. If they give it a pittance, or even a couple of billion pounds, it will fail to have any measurable impact unless it is concentrated in one area to the detriment of the rest of the country. Their Risk Reduction Scheme is little more than a subsidy for already rich investors, if they win they win massive returns and if they lose the hypothetical Tory Government would foot the bill, a real return to form for the party of the rich. To put it simply, we cannot trust the Conservatives to deliver good governance and jobs to the UK because we do not know what their plan encompasses for the national finances.

Ladies and Gentlemen where the Conservatives fall short it comes to the Liberal Democrats to provide a visionary alternative and a constructive opposition to the Government, indeed it falls to us again to do this when it comes to jobs. Employment is one of the best ways to escape poverty and for too long entire regions have been neglected and deprived of this very simple idea. The Policy Paper you have no doubt found beneath your chair outlines our policy priorities and crucially how we will get to these objectives, these proposals are fully costed and shall all be included in the next Liberal Democrat Shadow Budget, indeed should the Government not have passed these policies themselves then they shall be in the Manifesto at the next election.

When considering how best to fix the UK’s labour market we have to first identify what is actually causing the imbalances to begin with. The Institute of Directors believe it is a high rate of tax, the Conservatives believe we have too high a Corporation Tax rate, and the CPI believe it is because we are being outcompeted by other nations with a less than stellar human rights record. The Liberal Democrats believe that to fix the jobs crisis in our nation we must rectify the issue of competition with other less developed nations, able to undercut our labourers through lack of a minimum wage and other regulations; we must re-emphasise education and training at every level, including vocational education; and we must tackle regional imbalances that have been present since the premiership of Margaret Thatcher. These are the aims of our policies. To deal with these aims we have undertaken to pursue four policy priorities: improving investment in our education and skills system, increasing demand for skills that boost productivity, increasing the availability of vocational education and skills based training, and industrial support through grants and infrastructure spending. To compete with nations that have no minimum wage and exploit their workforce we do not need to stoop to their level, we must instead rise higher and find better ways to cut costs and better ways to increase the quality of our output to ensure that we win on price and on quality every time.

So now we move on to examining the policies that we shall undertake to achieve these policy priorities, if you will bear with me I would like to address each priority in turn. The first priority is to improve investment in our education and skills provision, to achieve this aim the Lib Dems have two new policies. Firstly we shall build upon Chancellor Manning’s ‘Apprenticeship Levy’ with an additional two tiered system called the ‘Productivity Levy’. The rate of this levy shall be set at 0.5% for companies with a payroll of 50 staff or more, and 1% for companies with a payroll of 250 staff or more. This levy shall raise an estimated £3.1bn, a fund which shall stay available to all firms wishing to invest in productivity training for their existing staff, teaching them new techniques that will enable them to cut costs. To offset this new cost to business the Liberal Democrats propose a 5% cut to the Main Rate of Corporation Tax (new rate: 25%), an 8% cut to the Small Companies Rate of Corporation Tax (new rate: 10%), and abolishing the starting rate of Corporation Tax altogether. This policy would cost the Exchequer £8bn, leaving a net hole in the national finances of £5bn, or reducing the surplus before investment to £19bn, an option left available to us because the Government sensibly elected to ignore the Conservative Party’s plea for deficit financing in the last Budget. Secondly we shall create the Personal Training Credit, a £700 annual payment to enable unemployed and low-earning individuals the chance to enter training schemes to boost productivity, learn new skills, or simply make themselves more employable to business. A further £300 a year shall be made available to those who are unemployed bringing their annual tax credit up to £1000. This policy shall cost £4bn and shall be funded again by the surplus so sensibly maintained by the Government.

The second policy priority for the Liberal Democrats is to ensure that we improve employer demand and usage of skills to boost productivity. To do this we would create a new Productivity Commission to support employers to drive up workplace performance in the UK. This Commission would advise companies on how best to deploy their resources to get the best returns for their investments in people. We don’t need to give millionaires handouts worth many more millions to safeguard their precious investments like the Tories want to, we need to persuade businesses to invest in their employees current and future. If the least of us succeed, from the very bottom of companies, that success will rise us and build a company that can compete with the rest of the World. We don’t need Tory trickle down economics, we need Lib Dem trickle up economics to ensure that nobody is left behind and to ensure that nobody suffers from under-employment when they are capable of doing so much more.

The third policy priority for the Liberal Democrats is increasing the availability of specialist vocational training provision. To achieve this we would create Local Enterprise and Productivity Partnerships (LEPPs) and continue investment in Regional Development Agencies (RDAs). Regional Development Agencies do a great deal of good when they give Central Government money to provide incentives for employers to move to regions, which is why we are keeping and growing them, but they are still centrally run. The Government decides what constitutes the East Midlands or the North West, and these regions are substantially bigger than the area of a local government such as a county council. By creating a concurrent organisation such as the Local Enterprise and Productivity Fund we can keep using Central Government funds to build macroeconomic partnerships in entire regions, but we can also allow local areas such as counties the freedom to create more bespoke arrangements with enterprise and any other interested parties they may wish to deal with. The twin focus of the LEPPs will be to entice businesses into their area by providing advice and funding to local projects and entrepreneurs whilst then working with existing enterprises to establish outcome agreements between bodies, such as trades unions, on issues such as productivity and pay.

Finally the fourth policy priority for the Liberal Democrats is that of supporting industries and communities facing decline. We can either manage this decline or we can get them back on their feet and able to compete in the global context again. The first and most basic way to achieve this policy priority, and indeed all of the policy priorities, will be to appoint a Minister for Productivity and Skills in the Treasury. The Liberal Democrat Treasury Team shall be announcing their appointment to this position in the coming week and I look forward to working with him or her on further developments to our jobs policy. In addition to this staffing change at the heart of Government the Liberal Democrats propose that we establish a cross-government framework to identify industries in transition to better allow us to target funds to boost growth and reverse decline. The main focus of this framework will be industries with high levels of employment or low skill requirements as these are the industries most liable to cause economic hardship should they enter decline, low-skilled workers are most at risk of entering long term unemployment and so it is they whom we shall prioritise our help. If an individual remains unemployed for too long then we reach a situation where it is quite conceivable that they begin to lose skills and become unemployable, we are failing as a nation if we allow such a situation to develop.

Ladies and Gentlemen, the jobs crisis is not a new phenomenon, however, unemployment today is far higher than it was under any Government in the mid 20th century. We cannot blame any one party for this issue as they are both equally culpable in creating and sustaining the economic conditions that have led to the decline of manufacturing industries and the decimation of entire communities in certain parts of the country. Whilst the Tories want to play the blame game in opposition and pass out subsidies to their rich investor friends the Liberal Democrats are committed to focusing on the issues that matter, people and their livelihoods. We have a fully costed plan to introduce training tax credits to encourage learning and to establish Government action plans to tackle the productivity problem facing our nation. The Liberal Democrat plan is based on helping people up, avoiding long term unemployment, and providing the skills necessary for people and the country to thrive into the 21st Century. Thank you.

Quote:Jobs and Productivity in the 21st Century

The Issues we face:
  • Competition from less developed nations undercutting the prices of British workers and British business
  • A lack of emphasis on training and education for vocational courses and productivity
  • Regional imbalances that see the peripheries left behind to fuel London and the South East
Our Four Policy Priorities
  • Improving investment in our education and skills system
  • Increasing demand for skills that boost productivity
  • Increasing the availability of vocational education and skills based training
  • Support industries and communities in decline, getting them back on their feet or retraining them for a new job
Improving Investment in our Education and Skills System
  • We would introduce a new two tiered Productivity Levy of 0.5% for companies employing more than 50 workers and 1% for companies with more than 250 employers, creating a fund to facilitate £3.1bn in investment every year for private enterprise
  • We would cut Corporation Tax to 25% for the Main Rate, 10% for the Small Companies Rate, and abolish it for the Starting Rate
  • We would create the Personal Training Credit, £700 for every individual earning less than £7500 to be spent on skills and productivity based learning, a further £300 (£1000 total) to the unemployed for the same goal
Increasing Demand for Skills that boost Productivity
  • We would establish a Productivity Commission to support employers and drive up workplace performance in the UK
  • We would not offer handouts to millionaires by forgiving the debt and covering the risks from their bad investments, the UK is a free market economy and that level of intervention shall have unforeseen consequences
Increasing the Availability of Vocational Education and Skills Based Training
  • We would create Local Enterprise and Productivity Partnerships (LEPPs), these partnerships shall allow local government to incentivise businesses to move to their local area and then allow the local governments to work with the businesses to boost productivity, bringing in business and then allowing it to flourish once it arrives
  • We would continue to invest in Regional Development Agencies (RDAs) allowing less developed regions a chance to catch up by redistributing spending from rich regions to poorer regions, allowing us to boost growth and cut unemployment in some of the least well off parts of the country
Supporting Industries and Communities facing Decline
  • We would appoint a Minister for Productivity and Skills in the Treasury Team, a similar appointment will be made shortly to our existing Shadow Treasury team
  • We would create a cross-government framework to deal with productivity and investment, allowing us to target investments that will benefit multiple areas of Government policy and get entire areas of the country back on their feet with strong financial support. Investments and non-financial support would be prioritised for industries with high levels of employment or low-skill requirements as these are the most at risk of more large scale redundancies

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  Press Cycle #37: Justice & Human Rights
Posted by: Andy - 05-17-2018, 09:33 PM - Forum: Marked Press Cycles - Replies (7)

Following the rulings of the Supreme Court and the European Court of Human Rights, has the correct balance been found between justice and human rights?

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  Con SP: Institute of Directors
Posted by: Eleanor Grosvenor (CON) - 05-16-2018, 11:35 PM - Forum: Marked Speeches and Conferences - Replies (1)

Shadow Chancellor Caroline Blakesley spoke at an event hosted by the Institute of Directors* on the Conservative policy to promote innovation and investment in the United Kingdom.

Ladies and gentlemen:

Thank you for your warm welcome. This is, as you may be aware, my first engagement as Shadow Chancellor and it is an honor to be speaking at the Institute of Directors.


The past year has certainly been a year. We saw the Labour government introduce the most broadly anti-business budget in recent history. We need look no further than where we are today to see that. Our economy is stagnant and manufacturers are hemorrhaging jobs. This is not, despite the statements of the Chancellor, an economy that we can be proud of. It is not an economy that is good for business, good for investors, or good for workers. The Labour agenda released during the Queen’s Speech made little mention of economic progress. Despite the promises of the Chancellor that another U-turn in government economic policy is forthcoming - we cannot rely on that hope, on the economic mismanagement that leads to flailing from a tax increasing budget to a "business budget".

Let me be clear: the previous budget set out by the Chancellor turned the long-term challenges facing our economy – difficulty driving investment, promoting productivity of industry – into immediate challenges. They are, I will note, challenges that may have been avoided had the Conservative Shadow Budget been adopted in part in the past year. Therefore, it is necessary to continue where our proposals left off and create a Britain that innovates and invests. It is necessary to create a Britain that grows stronger and not stagnant.

These aims of innovation and investment to create growth are linked extremely tightly. As many of you are aware, new start-up leaders are critical members of the Institute of Directors – many of you here tonight are start-up executives. While we do not see the role of government replacing enterprise – we will not be nationalising any industries – we do see a role for government in engaging with private enterprise to support innovation and the development of our start-up and small and medium sized industries. We propose to achieve this role through three primary aims: creating new avenues for investment in Britain’s innovative industries, facilitating new partnerships with academic centers to commercialise technology, and expanding support to our current leaders in technology development and research.

The flagship of our plan to promote innovation and investment is the immediate creation of a British Investment Bank that will provide low-interest financing to Britain’s small- and medium-sized enterprises. The BIB will have the explicit mission of specialising in the finance needs of SMEs and start-ups – offering a unique set of financial products designed to fit the needs of a niche market in need of immediate support in order create jobs and support productive growth in Britain. The BIB will be augmented by a start-up loans scheme that provide the funding necessary for start-ups, at low interest, to develop their business plans and products to the point of receiving significant outside investment – be it from angel investors, institutional venture capital, or traditional financing sources. This influx of capital will facilitate the ability of our SMEs and start-ups to grow, to thrive, in Britain.

We do not, of course, forget the role of private investors in supporting start-ups and SMEs – a marked contrast with the Labour government that is happy to make investors pay more and more. In addition to our previous proposals to promote private investment by lowering the capital gains tax, a Conservative government would implement a risk reduction scheme for investments in high tech start-up companies. While our proposal would not completely eliminate the risk of a loss, we would allow investors to write off a significant portion of a loss – mitigating a portion of the risk and encouraging investment in potentially high-reward ventures. We stand for both well-managed public and entrepreneurial private investment in British innovation.

In our previous Shadow Budget, when Labour barely increased investment in research, we proposed a significant increase in funding for both Research Councils and the R+D Fund. These initiatives are critical for developing ideas and breakthroughs in our universities that lead to technologies commercialisable by British industry. We pledge to maintain heavy investment in Research Councils, particularly those focused on biomedicine, life sciences, energy, and technology development – in order to facilitate discoveries that promote high-tech growth in Britain. Moreover, we will use the R+D Fund established under the last growth-minded Labour Chancellor, Mr Manning – I will give credit where credit is due – to develop both institutional technology transfer offices at universities that help turn academic innovations into marketable products and facilitate the formation of new networks of investors, academics, advisors, scientists, and developers around Britain’s universities. These start-up hubs will prove to be engines of growth for technology development in the United Kingdom.

Moreover, there is certainly, as many of you are aware, a need for new capital to facilitate the formation of these start-up hubs surrounding our universities. I propose the launch of university-based venture funds that will provide students with applicable training in finance and management of start-up investments and will provide much needed capital to fledging start-ups seeking to break out from the university and into the universe. These funds will provide an opportunity for Britain’s young entrepreneurs to become front-line investors and business leaders as local- and university-based start-ups launch British communities into a new era of productive and innovative growth.

Finally, Conservatives understand that existing businesses still have much to offer. As a scientist and an executive at GlaxoSmithKline, one of the larger pharmaceuticals headquartered in Britain, I came to fully appreciate the role that these large companies play in driving research investment forward. To that end, we will extend the R+D tax benefit that currently targets SMEs to larger companies, such that they may see the benefit of increased investment in innovation. Promoting investment across our corporate landscape, whether in SMEs or larger companies, stands to benefit the British people, British investors, and ultimately, our British economy.

In light of recent economic data there is a clear case that we can no longer penalise success, discourage corporate innovation, or target Britain’s job creators for tax increases.

We need investment in Britain’s innovative industries – not new taxes on investors.

We need development of greater links between British universities and British businesses – not a stagnant environment for research funding.

We need to support British enterprise that drives so much of our job creation and growth – not suffocate it.

Herein, we have laid out the plans of a Conservative government to promote enterprise, investment, and innovation. Our plans will stand to benefit every start-up, SME, or high-tech leader in this room. They will benefit our universities, our students, our workers, and our innovators. That is what Britain needs. I hope you agree with me on this.

Our proposals – a British Investment Bank, new incentives for venture investors, investment in research, and university venture funds – are but a fraction of our policy for growth in Britain. They are not a final solution. They are not the only solution. They are part of the solution. And as we propose our next budget, we will make this clear – we will fulfill these obligations while promoting the pro-business tax reform that we championed previously. The Government may twist and turn, managing the economy from crisis after crisis, but our support for growth and innovation in Britain will never waiver. Through these proposals and our actions in Parliament, I shall endeavour to prove this to you.

Thank you for your time and good night.

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  Press Cycle #36: Economy & Manufacturing
Posted by: Steve (Unmasked) - 05-15-2018, 09:48 PM - Forum: Marked Press Cycles - Replies (20)

"Are you satisfied with the economy's performance?"

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  Press Cycle #35 – New Tory Leader
Posted by: Andy - 05-13-2018, 11:07 PM - Forum: Marked Press Cycles - Replies (12)

"What challenges and opportunities face Dr Lynwood as Leader of the Opposition?"

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  Press Cycle #34 - Afghanistan 2.0
Posted by: Nathan (Unmasked) - 05-10-2018, 10:17 PM - Forum: Marked Press Cycles - Replies (9)

"Following the death of Osama Bin Laden, what comes next?"

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  Press Cycle #33: Railtrack
Posted by: Rt. Hon. Sir Dylan Macmillan (CON) - 05-07-2018, 01:21 PM - Forum: Marked Press Cycles - Replies (10)

The Conservative Party's legacy of failure is being unpicked piece by piece, BritRail is the latest in a long line of reforms to put the public back at the heart of our public services and put safety before profit in the areas it matters most. Railtrack is the failed legacy of a failed party, it is bankrupt and in administration, BritRail is the solution the public wants, the public needs, and the public deserves.

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  Tory Energy Policy Speech
Posted by: Moray Mac Gill Fhaolain (LAB) - 05-06-2018, 05:46 PM - Forum: Marked Speeches and Conferences - Replies (1)

Sean Kapur MP for Aldridge-Brownhills and Shadow Secretary of Energy and the Environment made the following speech to pro-nuclear and alternative energy supporters in front of the Hartepool Nuclear Power Plant.

"From 1760-1840 the world looked upon us as the leaders in energy innovation and discovery, they looked to us as coal was causing our economy to soar, and with it the industrial revolution a time in which few wanted for much and many had what they needed to survive thanks to our discovery and innovation with coal.
 
Today though we see a much different narrative being pushed, today we are still dependent on old and arcane energy such as coal and fossil fuels. The energy revolution which once sparked our economy has now become the stale harmful fuel which causes us to destroy our beautiful environment to gain little energy forcing us to continue to import oil and gas we should only be exporting, which is costing us hundreds of pounds a year. Coal and fossil fuels were at one-time imperative but now they are superfluous, and we must move beyond them.
 
And this is not just a question of protecting our environment – this is about protecting our economic security too. The world today since 9/11 has forever changed now a days people are afraid to fly or leave their homes even in some cases. Worse yet is the economic uncertainty which is beginning to make its way into the mind of our citizens and adding to the increasing lack of security felt at home. In order to reduce the amount of nervousness we need to bring economic security to our country, the only way in which we can do that is by innovating and creating new opportunities in our energy sector. Not only that but we can and will only regain economic security and satisfaction is through becoming energy independent.
 
We are currently in the midst of larger demands for oil than ever before, yet we do not have nearly enough in our own reserves to satisfy that need. And even the places where oil is abundant will not come anywhere near satisfying the needs of any of our major cities, such facts cause us to wonder how on earth we can become energy independent when we can barely sustain ourselves on our own oil and gas supplies. The situation is so dire we are now net importing gas for the first time in our history, and that narrative cannot remain. Which is why in order to become energy independent and save our taxpayers millions of pounds we must dumb coal and fossil fuels.
 
The question is what action must we take now to ensure our environmental, energy and economic security in the future?
 
The answer is, partly, right behind me, the Hartpoole nuclear power plant is one of 15 located around the UK providing energy to hundreds upon hundreds every single day. As a part of our 21st century energy policy we must have a greater place for nuclear energy which is cleaner and more efficient than coal. But converting to nuclear energy is a small piece of the puzzle we must also must have a coherent strategy to deliver energy security that protects both our economic interests and our environmental needs.
 
Which is why we have implemented a bold new strategy which, encompasses these five core aims.
 
First, energy independence through cleaner energy. As I stated earlier nuclear power supplies hundreds of thousands everyday polluting our airways 5 or 6 times less then coal burning power plants. It also does not give off the Smaug which causes asthma, cancer and other lung diseases like coal burning plants do. Nuclear Power Plants also last 10 years longer on average then their coal burning counterparts making them much cheaper in the long run, not only that but they also are environmentally safer, does not harm the environment, or human health. Now of course we cannot discuss nuclear energy without address the rare issue which accompanies them, nuclear meltdowns such as Chernobyl. Statistically however it is far more likely for someone to be diagnosed with asthma, cancer, lung disease, or suffocate due to pollution caused by coal burning power plants than die from radiation poisoning from a nuclear reactor meltdown. Also, we can and will make significant contributions to the science dedicated to ending nuclear meltdowns. Science which can’t be used to make coal cleaner, because no such science does or ever will exist. Nuclear energy is just the beginning however if we are to gain true energy independence and once again lead the world in energy innovation and progress we must also look to alternative sources.
 
Second, energy independence through new technology and renewable energy. With a Tory government we will be pushing hard for development of alternative energy such as wind powered turbines in rural areas to produce light and heat for our farmers, and a focus on solar energy in industrial and large cities to produce a cheaper and more effective energy source for our middle-class families. We will also begin the process of granting tax exceptions and subsidies to businesses who switch from coal power to nuclear or solar power to begin this change. We also plan to spend at least 35% of our energy budget to research alternative and renewable energy sources.
 
Third, global action in the national interest. In order to stop the march of coal and fossil fuels from continuing to keep us in the dark we must have global support in our initiative, which is why we will be discussing our reforms with our allies. We believe that countries such as France whose pollution deaths are legendary and far too common, as well as China who plays host to the world’s worst air quality in several cities, and the United States the world’s largest oil importers who lose billions every year to importing oil will all be far too eager to join us in becoming not just energy independent but environmentally sound, and having our people become healthier. Through enlisting change in these countries, we will gain momentum and create new and exciting ways for us to expand trade and commerce through the energy sectors with these countries.
 
Fourth, a smarter approach to energy, meaning we must encourage environmental responsibility too with new incentives in government procurement processes.
This will however all be in vain if we never change how we see coal, instead of simple a way to get a job and power our cars, seeing it for what it really is, a vicious killing machine which it is based on the thousands of deaths not just from air quality or pollution, but in the factories themselves which are poorly regulated thanks to an ever-oblivious Labour lead bureaucracy. Not only that but they kill birds, fish, and other bees throwing our environmental habitats out of whack without much benefit to us as consumers. Once we see coal and fossil fuels like this instead of the fake image broadcast by big oil we will be able to initiate change and focus our efforts on creating better cleaner and safer energy.
 
Many companies are now beginning to see coal and fossil fuels as the run-down accent forms of energy they are and instead are turning to renewable ways to gain energy, and while this is a start we need more. Which is why we pledge to begin as I earlier mentioned begin giving out subsidies and tax breaks to companies and individuals who switch to alternative energy for lighting and heating. Not only that we will be giving grants to car companies here to produce, innovate and improve electric cars to sell here and overseas, we will also give tax breaks to individuals who purchase and or already own electric cars.
 
Fifth, a clear timeline and goals. And now since we aren’t Labour and have specific timelines in mind to achieve our goals here they are, the first is to end all production of coal power plants in the UK by 2008, and consequentially begin retraining coal workers through apprenticeships and classes to work in the new nuclear and/or alternative and renewable energy fields. We will also begin gradually scaling down our imports of foreign oil and gas by 5% By 2013 it is our goal that electric and hybrid cars will outnumber gas powered cars 3 to 1, and 10 to 1 by 2018. By 2025 the UK will cease all oil and gas imports and begin exporting renewable energy. And finally, by 2028 we will have shutdown throughout the period from 2008 to 2028 all coal powered power plants and have built at least enough nuclear power plants to sustain 50% of the UK energy with the other half being supplied by renewable sources of energy.

Of course a few days ago her majesty gave the Queen’s speech which I shall briefly address. We all remember the oil shortages and riots which Labour meekly attempted to handle, their response to it again was non-existent as no mention of energy policy was laid out or hinted at in their Queens speech, and why? Because like everything else Labour has no plan to change the status quo, they’d rather leave things mediocre then try and put the UK back on top.


With these clear goals in mind and a new dawn on the horizon we will be able to once again have an energy centred industrial revolution creating jobs, protecting our environment and most importantly putting ourselves back on top of the energy innovation field. Thank you all and God save the Queen."

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  Press Cycle #32 - Queen's Speech
Posted by: Nathan (Unmasked) - 04-29-2018, 10:14 PM - Forum: Marked Press Cycles - Replies (29)

"Does the government's Queen's Speech offer a positive vision for Britain?"

Closes 11:59 02/05/18

Bold your tagline, folks.

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