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Populists and the economy

By Russell White

Dissident Congress sees business as the servant of the nation, not its master… we would create a dynamic small-scale economy. We will defend small business and the self-employed, small shops, farms and craftsmen against the big superstores, and their bulk buying and customer loyalty cards. We say that shopping is not just “business” but a part of our way of life. Small, locally run shops help retain an area’s individuality against modern standardised shopping malls. We oppose the trend of all High Streets looking the same. We would scrap business rates/tax for the smallest businesses, and pass the tax burden onto the multinationals and corporations. A National Investment Bank would be set up to give “debt-free” purpose-made money to new businesses and inventors.

We oppose Globalisation, which is as dangerous as EU integration, as it leads to multinational companies having greater power than governments – indeed much of the support (though not all) for the Euro has come from big business and banks. They stand to make bigger profits out of the scrapping of national economies and relaxation of labour laws. Giving ever more power to global companies is a policy fraught with danger – unlike politicians we can’t vote them out of power! Under the present economic set up we are a puppet state. We hold out the begging bowl in the hope that foreign firms will invest here. We allow our own companies to be bought by overseas businesses, giving ever more power to a global super class. It seems that we don’t make anything and we can’t sell anything (unless it is imported from abroad). Many high street stores are multinational. Populists believe it to be cheaper to employ British workers in British factories and offices rather than allow companies to sack British workers and replace them with third world labour. Under Populism British industry would be largely British owned and controlled. If Britain were less reliant upon global trade, and produced goods to be sold and consumed locally the resulting full employment and job security would allow us to buy British and make long term plans for our futures- we just can’t compete with third world countries with lower labour costs. We would rebuild our manufacturing base by taxing imports that could be produced at home, and return ownership to British hands through a tax policy that strongly favours British companies.