Supporting Marriage and the Family
As I said above, here in South London, knife crime and gang violence is tearing our communities apart. It has to stop. Yet the solution isn't just more police, tougher sentences or more youth clubs: it goes a lot deeper than that. After someone I know witnessed a stabbing here in West Norwood, I ended up visiting the young man who committed the crime in the YOI in Aylesbury. I got to know a bit about him, his Mum and sisters, his hopes and dreams and why he'd ended up in a gang. When I asked him why, he told me that it was his family.
The family is the building block of society. When it falls apart, society falls apart. Apart from the personal impact on the couple, the children's education and mental health, and society in general, family breakdown has been estimated to cost the taxpayer around £48bn per year (that's the required extra costs of tax credits, housing, health, social care, criminal justice and other consequences). We propose a grant of £12,000 to be given to a couple when they are first married, provided they go for at least 5 marriage preparation sessions, and £6,000 when their first child is born, also backed up with childcare training. This is to provide support for the couple before entering into it. No other party will address this issue.
Protect the Most Vulnerable
Someone once said that you can judge how healthy a nation by how it treats its most vulnerable citizens. Although, this country was a trailblazer in the past (think of the welfare state, the NHS, free education, free legal advice, the abolition of slavery, the Red Cross etc) we feel that too many rights have been eroded or cast away. We think we could a lot more. We would legally protect the right to life of the most helpless and vulnerable in our society, including the unborn, the disabled and the elderly. Over 9 million unborn children in the UK have lost their lives as a result of the 1967 Abortion Act which has led to an age-population ratio imbalance. We would divert the £200+ million of UK taxpayers’ money spent on funding multi-national abortion providers here and abroad onto supporting mothers in crisis pregnancy situations. We’ll also protect the sick and elderly against the growing threat of euthanasia.
Care for the Poor and Make Tax Fair
In a country as rich as ours, people shouldn't be sleeping rough. Foodbanks shouldn't even exist. It's shameful. We would help everyone sleeping rough with a free night shelter, meal and the right support to get back into society.
We’d end the scandal of big multi-national companies (eg. Facebook, Google, Starbucks) sending their UK profits abroad in order to avoid paying their fair share of tax. By introducing a Turnover Tax (of 5%), offset against Corporation Tax, we’d address the disadvantage faced by British businesses. This would raise an estimated £30bn, which we’d use to halve commercial rates to revive our city centres (£11.5bn), pay for our family policies above (£4bn) and restore the £12bn in Tory benefit cuts by properly funding Universal Credit.
The Criminal Justice system needs reform. We will help people leaving prison, guaranteeing them good accommodation and help to get work and also help to break any addictions. Many Christian charities like eGangs in London, Saltbox in Stoke and the Message Trust in Manchester have proved the value of this by reducing reoffending rates to around 10% compared with a national average of around 30% (but which can be as high as 62%). The result is:
1) There will be many fewer victims
2) There will be fewer people in court and in prison
3)Ex prisoners and their families will be happier. It costs around £38,000 per year to keep someone in prison so this is a win-win policy. The current government's “build more prisons” policy is the wrong approach.
Brexit. Honour Democracy
Regardless of our views, the democratic will of the British people must be respected. That means we must honour the 2016 Referendum result and leave the European Union completely. We have faith in Britain’s ability to thrive as an independent nation with new international trade deals (you only have to look at the history books for examples of British innovation and enterprise which have benefitted the world. We would also guarantee a referendum 5 to 10 years after we’ve left so the country can be brought back together when there is evidence of how we’ve performed outside the EU.
How You Can Help
I hope you can agree with me that it's time for a change.
You can help in a number of ways:
1. Pray. We need your prayers! Our God is a god of love, truth, justice and compassion. We need those to become benchmarks in our country again.
2. Spread the word. Please share this message with whoever you think is of the same mind. The CPA is only a small party but we have a God-sized heart for this nation!
3. Contribute financially. I am an artist and a musician - I don't earn a lot of money. But I am doing what I can: standing as a candidate so that on December 12th people can vote according to their conscience for a better, more humane society.
Thank you for taking the time to listen and read. It's much appreciated.
May God bless, guide and keep you. Anthony x
For more info on CPA policies, go to: https://cpaparty.net/