British Democratic Party
|“ Britain Deserves Better ”|
(British Democratic Party)
The British Democratic Party is the second incarnation of The Real Democrats. The name and political orientation/idealogy was changed to add fresh impetus to the party during Eric Ross' September/October term.
The original party was founded as The Real Democrats, a breakoff party from the Social Democrat Party after a controversial Party President election. Artela was the first Party president and the party rose to a solid 6th position in the party rankings.
The name change coincided with the party rising into the Top 5 political parties in the UK, where they have resided now for several months.
On December the 13th 2010, The party gained the 3rd place in the top 5 with 81 members.
BDP Party Presidents
|Eric Ross||16 September 2010 - 16 October 2010|
|John Rupert Miranda||16 October 2010 - 16 November 2010|
|John Rupert Miranda||16 November 2010 - 16 December 2010|
|Terribletiger||16 December 2010 - 16 January 2011|
|John Rupert Miranda||16 January 2011 - 16 February 2011|
|Former BDP Cabinet Members|
|John Rupert Miranda||Minister of Foreign Affairs|
- September 2010
- October 2010
Four candidates from BDP stood, which was ambitious for a relatively small party. Three BDP candidates were successful: Northern Ireland - Filombeh, West Midlands - John Rupert Miranda, South East of England - Terribletiger. Mortalbeta won a seat under the UKRP banner and moved to BDP after the elections, meaning BDP broke their previous record and gained 4 congress seats. The Radical Freethinkers Alliance, who had twice as many members in the party, only gained 3 congress seats in this term.
- November 2010
Seven candidates from the BDP stood in a wide variety of regions. Three were successful: London - Tomazim, South East of England - RiptaR and benni hill. Showing how far the party had come since last month, this was a largely disappointing result for the party. Several candidates missed out on a seat by only one vote.
- December 2010
Eleven candidates from BDP stood for election. Seven were successful, including two "wild card" candidates in London, Tomazim and Terribletiger. The other congressmen were: East Midlands - Kixtart, Scotland - ProudtobeBritish23, Wales - Connor West, West Midlands - John Rupert Miranda, and Yorkshire & Humbersde - metalmickey999. In the month which BDP had rose to 3rd place in the country in terms of members, they had also increased their congress numbers to the 3rd highest in the country.
- January 2011
- February 2011
John Rupert Miranda ran in London representing the BDP, getting around 21 votes.
- March 2011
John Rupert Miranda ran in London representing the BDP once again, getting around 34 votes. The third most voted candidate.
Party President Elections
November/December 2010 - BDP members agreed on having John Rupert Miranda as PP so he ran alone, being elected by default.
January/February 2011 - John Rupert Miranda Was elected by BDP as the official candidate and didn't have any counterparts. He won by default.
February/March 2011 - Contested by Eric Ross - Eric Ross won with 58% of the votes cast.' and
April/May 2011 0 Contested by Connor West and - Devoid won this election.
Country President Elections
BDP are yet to run their own candidate for Country President. Below is a list of the candidates we have supported in the elections.
October 2010 - GGRyan: Winner
November 2010 - GGRyan: Runner-up
December 2010 - Jhorlin: Winner
These were the policies of the British Democratic Party, all of them were submitted by members of the party then voted on. These have all been passed.
Being within the Top 5, our party is of course concerned with any and all Country President elections. Foremost in many minds is what we will be doing about such elections. We will look to pursue an alliance with other parties similar to our own, and run a candidate together. Last time we had a significant impact upon the outcome, which would have been more than enough to swing the results one way or another. We proved that we can have an effect on what happens, and that others should pay us more heed.
However, while we will try and seek out an alliance with other parties, we will hold a poll within the party to see who we believe should run. Anyone can nominate themselves, and we will all make the decision together. Once that is decided, we will organise the manifesto and advertisement a good few weeks before the elections themselves. This is so we will not be caught unprepared should the negotiations with other parties prove fruitless.
Home Affairs Policy
It is a well-oiled machine which works efficiently. However, there is always room for improvement. Home Affairs have always run great competitions and carried out fun activities, but this may not always be effective. Fun though they may be, they actually have very little functional value. Only those concerned with the forums are bothered about them, and even then the number is very low. We believe that Home Affairs should dedicate the vast majority of its effort to the retention of new players. Part of this could be achieved by placing just one or two dedicated people within the in-game chat rooms, as well as staying active on the in-game forums. In this way, we can better reach those who are perhaps out of the loop or need help. This would give them a person to go to for help, and perhaps make them feel more involved. Bombarding new people with demands to join the national forums should be avoided however, as this could make them feel overwhelmed and could lead to adverse effects.
Foreign Affairs Policy
The British Democratic Party is dedicated to staying in Phoenix and continuing strong ties within the alliance as it is an essential part to any foreign policy. Without them we would be stranded and lost. We should look to increase our standing further and encourage an even higher-level of trust and communication between the countries. We have also seen many tensions arise throughout history. If we are to progress as an alliance, we need to talk-out and calmly discuss any concerns are problems. There is no need to resort to childish behaviour. The preference would be to set our differences aside and concentrate upon the goals of the alliance as a whole, rather than individual glory. However we understand that Britain must stand up for its own interests at times thus we will oppose any attempt to further political union within PHOENIX or any other super alliance the eUK may join, or any attempt to take away the eUK's power to make decisions for itself.
We must also pursue better relations with countries who are neutral. Many people shrug them off, or underestimate their importance, but we have seen time and again the impact they can have. A prime example is Italy staking its claim with EDEN, when it had once been much closer to Phoenix. This is partly down to neglect, and not communicating properly. We are not saying we should pressure them into anything, or try and persuade them one way or the other. We simply need to approach them in a friendly manner and talk them as we would to any Phoenix member. They may not be in our alliance, but their friendship would be invaluable.
We should also try to pursue friendships with neutral alliances. While we should not try to force them into Phoenix, we should certainly try to at least make some attempts at improving relations between us, regardless of past misunderstandings.
The BDP strongly believes in the freedom of the individual in the economy. We believe that the free-market is the best road to a strong economy and prosperity for all. We believe that the government should not interfere in the economy and that individuals are best left to themselves. We believe that small government is the best way forward. The government's only responsibility to the country is a strong military thus we believe that taxation should only fund the military and if necessary military funding should increase. We also believe that the government has a responsibility to publicly release government spending figures so that citizens know where their money is being spent. We will also support all citizens who wish to start up companies for the first time.
In government we promise to:
- Keep taxation as low as possible
- Increase the economic freedom of the individual
- Keep state intervention to a minimum and publicly release all government spending
- Provide a strong, robust military
- Support business and entrepreneurs
The BDP believes that the military needs reform. The recent disputes between Congress and the military tell us that the military needs more independence and needs to be free from government legislation. We will look to repeal the Armed Services Bill and free the military from unneccesary legislation and regulation.
We will also look to privatise certain aspects of the military. We will sell off all military companies to the public to the highest bidder to raise funds for the Treasury. We will keep the military publicly funded through taxation but we will change the way in which weapons are produced. Instead of paying citizens in the military minimum wage to work in an army company, we will purchase weapons off the market. We believe that in the long term market competition will drive the cost of weapons down and cut military costs.
The BDP military policy is the following:
- Repeal the Armed Forces Bill
- Privatise certain areas of the military to cut costs.