Now that you have a cause, how do you achieve it?
How do we become politically active in the UK? How do we ensure that petitions are properly addressed in the UK Parliament and in our local County, District and Parish Council’s?
Our problem is that we have been tricked about the importance of our vote. With that not working for most people, we risk civil disorder and societal breakdown when there is literally no correlation between the policies of the political establishment and the needs of local communities.
We will not tell you to not vote, on the contrary, everybody should vote or spoil their ballot in protest, but you must understand that voting is about 20% of your civic duty. In the majority of constituencies seats never change hands so the impact of mosts votes are important but not dramatic.
If votes are maybe 20% of political power, what is the remaining 80% and how do we exploit that power?
The first question to ask is, who is the most powerful person in your Parliamentary constituency? Many would say the MP, this would be the view of the majority of people who believe that their vote is 100% of their civic duty. In actual fact the most powerful person is the Chairman of the local political association of the party that is in power, with the Chairmen of minority parties also being extremely important.
The Chairman presides over an Executive Council of Officers, all of which are elected at a Annual General Meeting. The Executive Council appoint candidates for local elections with then elected members deciding local party policy. They work with head office to determine what candidates will be put forward to hustings to run as MP and could vote to recall MPs. The Executive Councils of your local political associations are therefore the real political power behind the politicians, which is why they are never reported on by the media. Anybody can attend the AGM or hustings if they are a member of the Party and local Association and Members can nominate candidates or put themselves forward for vacancies. It costs around £20 a year to join a Party.
Your MP is selected in local hustings, which can be attended by Members. In my most recent local hustings, prior to the last General Election, I was one of five selecting our candidate for MP for a constituency with over 60,000 people. This is how candidates for Parliament are selected. Those numbers explain why they are rarely representative, but that also renders the existing system and those that thrive from it vulnerable to people like you getting involved.
No MP or elected Councillor can sustain their position if they lose confidence of the Executive Council of their local political association and no Executive Council can survive if they lose the confidence of local Party Members. This hidden power is taken advantage of by only about a million people, or 1.4% of the population, with many members not bothering to attend AGM’s or election hustings. No wonder our politicians are rarely representative.
To put this into context, had the 30,000 people who attended anti-lockdown protests in Trafalgar Square joined a local political association of their choice and then used their influence to influence and where necessary change who represents them in the Association, lockdowns would have ended yesterday. This apathy also helps explain why the majority of Brits were for Brexit yet the majority of MPs were for Remain, with this divide being replicated along most issues. As we retreat, the corporate and sometimes foreign lobbyists march forward. This sort of division is reflected across the board and can only be resolved by more than 1.4% of the population becoming engaged with the running of their local, private political organisation. Voting and writing to your MP are important but not enough on their own.
The first stage is to join, observe, see how things work, identify which members of the Executive Council and which Councillor’s and MPs are sound and which are not asking them their positions on the issues that matter to you and your family. Identify how they are appointed, how many votes are required to replace them, whether there is an existing member who could replace them or if new members and candidates are required.
Start low with unimportant positions like the Social Secretary and then work you way up to the Chairman. Identify how many patriots must be recruited to shift the balance of power, they may well respond by sending more people down to hustings and AGM’s to counter your votes, but at least then you are battling for the soul of politics toe to toe and the more that people engage, the healthier politics will become, because those that are turned out to counter your vote will tend to be moderate and less fanatic than those who do not need encouragement.
Once the local Association is patriotic and does respond to real issues rather than the corporate political agenda you may decide to devote time to campaign for candidates that you believe in.
If you find a large group of local people willing to join to take back your constituency party, don’t join all at once for risk of being accused of “entryism”, which can be blocked, spread out when people join. At meetings, try to disguise your familiarity and coordination with others in formal settings, for example spreading out in a meeting room rather than all sitting together, don’t make it too obvious that you are working together to replace evil councillors.
This is the method by which a wafer thin group of extreme leftists, Momentum, have taken over a significant number of local Labour Associations. They could not have done that had the majority of people engaged in their local political associations. Some local associations have even been taken over by minority religious or even criminal organisations, our apathy creates a vacuum that will be filled.
USA does better because all registered voters vote in Primary elections to select the candidates for the party that they are registered with (Primaries are the US version of Hustings), but in America also not enough get involved in their actual local Party and there are vast numbers of vacancies in local associations not filled, again, due to apathy.
USA does much better in terms of political membership, with around 25% of the population, over 80 million people being members of the two main parties, though it is not necessarily the case that a majority of these attend AGMs to elect their local executives to ensure that they are genuinely representative. How many of these people get involved in who their local Chairman and Executive Council members are? The media point to leaders, never discussing how you and your family and friends can be leaders in your own community, so turn around and march to a different tune. Don’t be distracted from the local politics you can influence by the media’s incessant focus on national and international leaders.
In 1962, John F. Kennedy famously said, “Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.”
Regardless of your political persuasion hopefully we can unite with cross party unity to support, uphold and strengthen the UK Constitution and Common Law Rights and to resist the “Great” Reset.
The Crown (HM Government) has captured Parliament
The Government is not Parliament, it is formed of Secretaries of State who are members of the Royal “Privy Council”. They are appointed by the Queen with the consent of the Prime Minister. They form the Cabinet and the Government, which as a whole is subject to votes of no confidence in the Commons.
The original constitutional settlement in the UK was that the only MP to be a Minister of the Crown (member of the Privy Council and Government) was the Prime Minister. The PM’s Government of Privy Councillors (Government Ministers) would have to be private citizens, not MPs or Lords. Any MP or Lord who wished to join the government would have to resign their elected seat in the Commons or appointed / hereditary seat in the Lords. This was to ensure that MPs and Lords had no conflict of interest, since how can MPs and Lords hold the government to account if they are the government?
That process of having Ministers from outside of Parliament and the Lords also ensured that the PM could pick the most capable people in the country, do we really believe that Matt Hancock is the most qualified person in UK to be Health Minister? This is the system in America, where Congressmen and Senators cannot be Secretaries of State.
However, since the early c20 the Crown effectively captured Parliament by allowing MPs to be members of the Government but it remains customary for Lords to resign from the House of Lords if they enter Government, which helps explain why the House of Lords is more likely to criticise government policy. This introduced the whipped Party system, whereby Government Whips, representing the Government (Crown) can discipline MPs by saying “If you don’t vote this way, you will be demoted from a Ministerial position to the back benches” or “Vote this way and you will be promoted”. The shadow government of minor parties has a similar whipping system where MPs compete for positions in the Shadow Cabinets, where again they obtain more money and power depending on their loyalty to the Party Leadership that represents the executive power of the Crown in Parliament.
As a result Parliament no longer controls and holds the government to account, it is controlled by the government, with independent back benchers reduced to insignificance.
Therefore one thing we must insist when joining our local political associations is that our MPs refuse to join the Privy Council and that they remain on the back benches so they can vote with their conscience, without fear of being whipped by the Government. Once enough take that stance, the system will be forced to revert back to its original condition. I propose that to make it accountable as possible that any Minister should have to present themselves to Parliament for a vote of confidence before being presented to the Queen to be appointed, with MPs being able to recall Ministers with votes of confidence when they no longer have the confidence of Parliament. Hancock would have been ousted long ago.
One could argue that the whipped system is unconstitutional because coerced (whipped) consent is not what the average man on the street would consider consent and yet Art.1 of the Bill of Rights states that Statutes can only obtain Royal Assent following obtaining the consent of Parliament. Is coerced, whipped consent, consent at all?
Art.1 Bill of Rights (1688) “That the pretended Power of Suspending of Laws or the Execution of Laws by Regall Authority without Consent of Parlyament is illegall.”
MPs would still have different roles, regarding the Chairmanship of various Committees that would scrutinise legislation and evidence. America operates this way, where Congressmen and Senators cannot be Secretaries of State, but they chair and participate in scrutiny committees, with Chairmanships being based on seniority rather than appointment again, to avoid Chairmen being whipped based on loyalty to the Government, e.g. “Vote for this and get that Chairmanship”.
The Parties of the United Kingdom that you can join and infulence:
The Labour Party: was formed in 1900. With around half a million members is by far the largest political association in the UK, disproportionately so vs the amount of votes they obtain from the general public, but this is still only an average of 770 per constituency and so joining can still make a huge difference. Labour is affiliated with the Co-operative Party, which contributes 26 of the Party’s MPs. They are associated with the SDLP in Northern Ireland.
Those who join the Labour Party will join their local Constituency Labour Party (CLP), who’s main decision-making body is normally its General Committee or All Member Meeting. Day-to-day management is generally carried out by the Executive Committee (EC). Members can nominate and vote in Officers in the AGM and can put themselves forward for positions. The CLP selects candidates for local and national elections in hustings where members can question candidates before voting on them. The CLP also puts forward delegates to the Labour Party Conference who alongside delegates from Trade Unions establish party policy.
The Conservative Party was formed in 1834. It has just 170,000 members with an average of just 261 people per constituency and so new members can expect to have significant influence. Its full name is the Conservative and Unionist Party since 1912 after merging with Northern Ireland’s Liberal Unionist Party, which objected to home rule. Prior to that it was the Tory Party, founded 1678 that was, prior to that Royalist Cavaliers. The natural partner to the Conservatives in Northern Ireland is the Democratic Unionist Party.
Those who join the Conservative Party will join their local Conservative Association (CA) An executive council of officers are elected every year by members at an annual general meeting. Members can also nominate candidates and put themselves forward. The Executive Council picks shortlists and candidates for local Council positions, choosing the Lead Councillor and having a say over the Cabinet and local policy. Members get to question candidates for Parliament and vote on them at hustings events. Members also get to pick the Leader of the party out of the top two candidates and we are anticipating a leadership challenge soon by those MPs that seek and end to lockdown.
The Scottish National Party has around 130,000 members with an average of 1,780 members per constituency. It was founded in 1934 with the amalgamation of the Scottish Party and the National Party of Scotland, with the latter being the first Scottish nationalist party, formed from various nationalist campaign organisations. The Scottish Party was formed in 1932 by a group of members of the Unionist Party that had its origins in the Liberal Party and therefore Whigs and Roundheads.
The local Branches are the primary level of organisation in the SNP that members join. All of the Branches within each Scottish Parliament constituency form a Constituency Association, which coordinates the work of the Branches within the constituency, coordinates the activities of the party in the constituency and acts as a point of liaison between an MSP or MP and the party. Constituency Associations are composed of delegates from all of the Branches within the constituency.
The annual National Conference is the supreme governing body of the SNP and is responsible for determining party policy and electing the National Executive Committee with delegates elected from Branches and Constituency Associations. Members elect the executive of their local association and are involved in selecting candidates for local and national elections.
We are particularly interested in hearing from SNP members interested in the legalisation of raw milk in Scotland.
The Liberal Democrat Party has around 115,000 members. It was founded in 1998 when it merged with the Social Democratic Party that had splintered from Labour in 1981. They are associated with the Alliance Party of Northern Ireland. Prior to they were the Liberal Party, which unlike the Liberal Democrats was also economically liberal (today would be called Conservative) as the party of Adam Smith and the industrial revolution. The “Conservative” parties in Canada, Australia and New Zealand are called the “Liberal Party”.
Prior to this the Liberal Party were formed of a merger of the Whigs, Radicals, Peelites and the Independent Irish Party, with Whigs being the main element. The Whig Party was formed in 1659 and was proceeded by the English Civil War’s Parliamentary Roundheads. They were responsible for the Claim of Rights, the execution of King Charles I following their defeat of Royalist Cavaliers and they won the Glorious English Revolution against Tory opposition, delivering an end to the divine right of Kings and today’s Parliamentary Democracy, which continues to be defined by the Bill of Rights (1688), which remains in force in the UK, Ireland with minor revisions and also in Canada, Australia and New Zealand. It was one of the main inspirations for the US Constitution. Scotland has its own Claim of Rights (1688).
The Liberal Democrats have a federal structure with various federated regional Parties. These drive policy making alongside various specified groups that feed into particular policy areas, which can be joined.
Members join their Local Party and elect their Executive Committee, also having a say on candidates for local and national elections, with Local Parties feeding into the Federated Regional Parties that feed into the Federal Liberal Democrat Party.
Liberal Party: Following the formation of the Liberal Democrats, a splinter Liberal Party continues, which claimed that the Liberal Democrats had turned their back on Liberal economic policy. It has a number of local Councillors in Liverpool, Peterborough and Ryedale, With a number of Parish Councillors throughout the country.
Plaid Cymru is the Welsh National Party. It has almost 12,000 members, with just over 300 members per Welsh Constituency.Click Here to Register if you wish to comment on the article.