Why I am not Standing in the 8th June 2017 General Election
I stood as an independent in the 2015 election for Milton Keynes South, as a voice free from any party edict or doctrine, able to challenge and debate with all parties. This election, called by Theresa May representing the party elected with a strong majority and looking to execute on the referendum, is different, which is why I chose not to stand against my respected political sparring partner of 2015, Iain Stewart. On the referendum, I personally was split between my dislike of erosion of British Sovereignty within the EU and my fear of moving away from an established trading relationship, and fell down on the side of remain. But immediately the referendum results came in for leave, I decided to support the will of the people and government, in making Britain a great Global Trading Nation again. So, do I agree with every Conservative policy. No, Do I believe Theresa May can lead the government to deliver the best deal for this country, Yes.
So, I recently took the opportunity to explain my position to my local MP, Iain Stewart, on giving my support for his re-election, fully endorsing the case for giving Theresa May for the strongest mandate to get the best deal for Britain and negotiate hard. I am still an Independent, and I will be lobbying Iain to fight certain policies, such as those that cause the erosion of school funding that needs to accommodate additional costs of apprentice tax, pension, NI, minimum wage and creating more funding for Grammar Schools. By contrast, I have no confidence in the Labour Leadership and its naïve, anti-Corporate, EU appeasing stance, nor its ability to create an economic environment to fund their proposed manifesto, and do not see them as a credible alternative.
The rhetoric from the EU Presidency and EU Commission actually re-enforces the reasons for operating outside the enforced constraints of the Union. The EU commission does not truly represent the electorate of any country. Outside of Germany and France, individual countries interests are never properly represented, yet any country, no matter how small a contributor can malevolently derail initiatives. It is the EU Presidency and Commission that try to inflame emotions to damage negotiations.
Industrialists from Germany and France enjoy a Net win exporting their engineering to the UK. Easily evidenced from the ONS figures, especially obvious in the car industry. They are business focussed and not the ones driving for a binary decision of full EU Rules or Hard Exit (WTO rules). They are not the ones shouting out their opinion on Britain hurting more than the EU on exit.
The German and French Industrialist know that if they allow the EU bully the UK into a Hard Exit, the UK could use the Net importer position to collect net positive tariffs and use it to benefit UK businesses with tax breaks and business incentives to create competitive advantage for exports. Again, this evidence is available from the ONS and other published data. Labour and Liberal leaders have the strange notion that we just roll over and take any conditions the EU Commission wish to impose, for fear of upsetting them. Our starting position should be for no deal. Let the EU Commission feel the lobby from the Council of the EU from the Country Members, feeling the weight of Lobby from their own Industrialists. Let the Commission learn how to serve the common interests of the common people of the Country Citizens in their care, from within. Only then will the UK be able to strike a deal worth having.
And ironically as our economy keeps growing, we will likely have greater net migration. However, it will not be randomly a “free movement”, it will be selective migration determined by need and not a manifesto quota.
My big personal crusade continues for the UK to take advantage of its geographical location between East and West invest and build a World Class Global Digital Hub with supercomputer processing (PFlops) and superfast connectivity infrastructure (Tbits/s). Our last great Industrial Revolution was powered by coal, steel, rail and the finest Merchant Navy. Our future revolution is Super Fast Data Processing, Analytics and Digital Connectivity. This Hub should be built in Milton Keynes, as the communications fulcrum to the Golden Triangle of London, Oxford, Cambridge.