people doubt that Britainís armed forces are in a deplorable
state. The primary reason for this has not been the lack of
resources poured into the armed forces, but the lack of thinking
behind what purpose the armed forces are supposed to serve.
We Conservatives believe that the armed forces are primarily,
indeed solely, for the protection of British territory. To realise
this within a year we will be withdrawing troops from the former
Yugoslavia, Germany, the Middle East, Africa and Belize. All
other troop deployments abroad will be reviewed. Defence spending
that is aimed at increasing the "reach" of the armed
forces will be diverted to improving the depth of defence around
the United Kingdom.
has always seen her membership of the "nuclear club"
to be a symbol of her importance within the community of nations.
This membership is a sham. Britainís nuclear deterrent is in
fact reliant on much American technology, not least the geo-positioning
technology that is necessary to deliver the nuclear weapons
to their targets. A Conservative government will remedy this.
It is sadly necessary, as the aggression against Serbia showed,
to have an independent nuclear deterrent if you are to be in
any meaningful way self-governing. Only a Conservative government
can be trusted to see beyond the anti-nuclear mindset of New
Labour. On the issue of Missile Defence, we do not think that
Britain should host American listening stations until such a
time that America can guarantee that it can lessen rather than
increase the danger of a missile attack.
protection of the British Isles will involve the British population.
Firstly, we propose to reinvigorate the Territorial Army. We
also propose that the TA go back to its traditional role as
a "home guard" rather than the specialised reserve
that it is at the moment. We also recognise that a well-armed
nation is one that it is almost impossible to invade, and we
therefore will be embarking on a significant liberalisation
of the laws on handgun ownership. Similarly, the fishing fleet
plays a vital part in the defence of an island, and we will
as a matter of national security take severe action against
those who plunder British waters.
Aid is a method of redistributing wealth from the poor people
in rich countries to the rich people in poor countries. We will
leave foreign aid to voluntary charities.
Conservative Party, since the Second World War, has been the
political friend of free trade. Free trade is not the same as
the managed trade system that we have at present. The Conservative
Party will unilaterally abolish tariff barriers and other restrictions
on goods and services from wherever they come from. The best
way to improve the living standards of the British people is
by lowering their cost of living, now.
will take many years to disentangle from the myriad international
associations that we have joined. The most malicious of all
of these is the European Union, from which we must leave immediately.
We will prioritise the other associations to leave from the
amount of interference they think they can exercise over democratic
British decision making. If the United Nations decides to question
our immigration policy, or the World Trade Organisation questions
our views on free trade we will simply leave those bodies.
FREE NATION ONCE AGAIN
has some of the most resourceful people in the world. The British
ruling class has let the people down by spending on unneeded
foreign adventures and succumbing to foreign interference. If
the Conservatives are elected, we will repay your trust in us
by making the United Kingdom an independent country again.
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