Recommended Manifesto Pledges

Corrupt Bstard – Official Electoral Address

I will pay every adult resident of Bristol an Unconditional Basic Income of £15,000 every year.

This will give you the time and the freedom to do stuff just for the love of it.

If you earn extra money doing this stuff, that’s an added bonus.

You will recieve this Annual Unconditional Basic Income whether you are working in other paid work, non working or retired.

I will fund this Annual Unconditional Basic Income by introducing a tax on all spending. A small percentage tax whenever money is turned over, transacted or spent.

The time has come to eradicate poverty and free the spirit of all Bristolians.

This is your chance. Seize it!

However, as I engage in dialogue with the residents of Bristol, I am becoming aware of manifesto promises that they would like to see. So in order to help my fellow candidates out a bit, I am listing here, as they arise, all manifesto promises that the residents of Bristol tell me they would like to see, and I heartily recommend that one of the other candidates takes them on as his/her own, because they are definite vote winners, as they come from the electorate of Bristol.

MANIFESTO PROMISES I RECOMMEND TO THE OTHER CANDIDATES

1. Abolish schools fines for non attendance at school. Since when has any business fined its customers for rejecting its product?

2. Give “Interest Free Loans” to all new businesses that promise to give away all their “Net Profit” to fund “Food, Shelter & First Class Healthcare for All” (Obviously once the unconditional basic income goes global there will be no need for this)

3. Criminalize “surplus food being put into landfill” and encourage people to work for Fairshare

4. Compulsory “Non Violent Communication” lessons on all  Bristol Schools curriculum

5 City of Bristol to host a monthly “Open Space” event, for all Bristol residents,  entitled “Bristol: How Do We Make It Even Better”

6. All politicians pay packet to be “reduced” to the national average of £489 per week (including Lobbying Fees!!!!!)

7. Use the monthly “Mayors Round Table meeting with Mr Cameron” to convince our David to invoke  a one-off windfall tax of 20% on the £4 trillion wealth of the richest 10% in this country. This would pay off the nations debt at a stroke and still leave them all as the richest 10%

8. Get Lothian buses to run the bus service in Bristol. Their bus service in Edinburgh is very cheap and very frequent, usually a bus every 10 minutes, and covers prqactically every road in the city.

9. Make elections truely democratic. Put a “none of the above” box on all ballot papers.

10. Run a City of Bristol TV channel, with programmes, films and documentaries, promoting the culture and creativity of this amazing city. All programmes to be made by Bristolians and residents of Bristol, get the schools and academies involved. Celebrate Bristol and make sure the channel has an hourly “Good News” bulletin as well.

11. If everyone in Bristol picked up 1 piece of litter (or dropped 1 piece less) every day, imagine what Bristol would look like Run a “Pick Up 1” campaign, selling the “Pick Up 1” idea the same way we sell cars and mobile phones. ie make the idea look attractive and enticing, rather than negative and condescending. Also set up a web page, similar to instragram,  for people to upload a photo of the piece of litter they picked up that day.

12. Quadrupple rates on empty buildings, to entice landlords to get them occupied by any means possible. The homeless and creative collecticves to be acknowledged as occupying a building

13. “keep the dental hospital open all day instead of having to queue up at 8am on a first come first served basis. It’s no bloody good on a winters morning when you’ve got a rampant toothache, is it. Bet the manager closes early so he can bugger off to play golf with his mates” John (OAP with Toothache)

14. Write “WHATS BEEN THE BEST PART OF YOUR DAY?” as a signature on the bottom of all bristol city council mailouts.

15. Abolish the £500 deposit to stand for election. Increase the number of nominations needed instead.

16. Only allow “party political donations” to be made into a state funding pot, which is then shared equally between all candidates. If there is no pot, then all candidates will be restricted to their one free mailout.

250 Supporters with £5 each will pay to place my election address, advertising the “Uncondittional Basic Income Guarantee” in the Official Election Brochure, that will printed and distributed by Bristol City Council and is sent to all 322,000 Voters in Bristol. You can Donate your £5 here if you so desire.

12 thoughts on “Recommended Manifesto Pledges

      1. @Derek Your implication as I interpret it requires a place in said institution for most politicians. Relatively bstard4bristolmayor’s manifesto makes a more sense than some of the crap some of the other politicians come up with … right, I’m off to find an honest bank … yeah … right!

  1. Recieved this question recently

    does it really take 99 committees to run one city?

    Simple answer.

    Pay every adult in bristol a yearly unconditional basic income index linked to inflation. Introduce a tax on all spending, whenever money is transacted turned over or spent it is taxed at a small percentage. Then let free market demand and supply economics do the rest.

    This would do away with the vast amount of bureaucracy and hense also a lot of committees too.

    I am, however, a huge fan of dialogue and I would have a monthly “open space technology” forum open to all residents of bristol to discover and share their ideas of “how we can make bristol even better than it already is”

    If elected mayor I will reclaim Bristols share of Quantative Easing & the social security & pensions budget and use it to pay all bristolians unconditional £15,000 pa.

    That’s my answer

    Corrupt Bstard 😉

  2. “A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship.”
    -Alexander Tytler

  3. “1. Abolish schools fines for non attendance at school. Since when has any business fined its customers for rejecting its product?”

    Errr… you have obviously never tried to cancel a BT phone line then.

    And on a side note – schools aren’t businesses, or at least shouldn’t be.

    1. I agree, I know they are not really businesses, but the principle is the same. Education is about the needs of the child, not the needs of the school, so in that way they are similar.

      If children aren’t turning up, then like any “business” maybe you need to assess your “product” and produce a product those children do want.

      That’s all I’m trying to say

  4. Lothian busses is publicly owned (mainly by Edinburgh council) – so profits from a bristol service would wing their way back to Edinburgh?

    Also, what is to say that they could reproduce the same level of service in Bristol? Bristol is a different city if you hadn’t noticed. Bristol needs its own publically owned bus service, where the major shareholder is the council or some sort of transport authority.

    1. I know and I agree with you, that’s exactly the point I’m making and it worked, because you went away and saw that lothian are part funded by the council and are now demanding we do the same. Job done 😉

  5. Just wondering how the £15000 unconditional income would work. From my point of view, as a student, I can see a few potential flaws with this plan.

    For starters – many graduates are now finding it hard to find work. Your income will help them aleviate their financial situation. Great, yes, but we’re quite used to living on less than £15000pa (minus fees) Where, then, is the incentive to find a job? You mention that this should not encourage laziness, much like inheritance. Inheritance is a one-off sum. It has to last, and it is usually put towards worthy investments. Thus, it is entirely unlike an inheritance.

    Secondly – Schools are not businesses. Therefore, as establishments which develop children into adults, they are not treated as such. A fine will encourage some (albeit not all) children to stay in school, and to ‘man up’ and get on with it. I agree, schools should not use this as a control method, they should address the problem directly. Yet, I think we already have a body responsible for policing the quality of schools. OFSTED inspections are a big thing, and the body is treated seriously.
    There will always be children who hate school. Letting them walk out of it does not seem like a solution.

    Lastly, for now – Point nine: I believe the term is ‘abstention’. Also, I’ve seen direct quotes from you regarding Concorde, and her operational status. What does Concorde have to do with Bristol?

    I eagerly await your answers, and I will stress now that I am not set in my ways – my viewpoints can be changed with adequate logic and reasoning.

    1. Hi suedonim ok here goes.

      Before I start I haven’t ever mentioned concorde. I think you’re confusing me with Tim Collins

      As for abstention, that’s not the same thing. People who don’t vote are usually labeled apathetic. Spoiled paper is the real none of the above option, but even that’s not the same, why not give it as an option so people can proactively choose to use their hard won vote to register the fact that don’t want any of the offered candidates.

      Education: Why should children ‘man up’?

      why not take the hint and see that they are not getting what they want from the education system.

      Unconditional basic income:

      First of all I take your point on inheritance being a one off, even though some inheritance could pay a fair few years basic income, but the point is the same, why doesn’t an inheritance reduce someone’s efforts in work?

      the £15,000 is only meant to cover basic needs, while also putting a bit of extra money into the economy to fire up the “luxuries” economy.

      Why would people bother working?

      If they want more than their basic needs they need to earn extra money by working.

      If this wasn’t the case why do people bother to carry on earning more than £15,000 a year in their current jobs

      But I think more important is to define “work”

      If its about earning money why is there a term voluntary work

      If its about contributing to society, what is contributing? does it matter if that contribution creates value or not?

      I think work is doing something you feel a passion for, the sort of thing you would do just for the love of it. That’s how the lazer was invented, someone just doing experiments with light, they weren’t actually trying to invent anything.

      Who would do the shit jobs? What is a shit job? If we mean street cleaners for example I know people who do jobs like that because they love it.

      Of course if nobody wants to do these jobs, then we will as a society, have to make it worth someone’s while to do those jobs, by paying the going rate. Let a true free market economy decide, once people have their basic needs met of course.

      Most people work because they like doing something and especially the social aspects that come with it.

      But in conclusion I say the unconditional basic income allows people time and freedom to do the stuff they’re passionate about, just for the love of it

      Quid pro quo: what would you do if I gave you an unconditional basic income?

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