The election campaign kicked off in the UK this week, in case you hadn’t picked up on it. I shall resist the comment on every twist and turn of the election, although I shall at some point compare the major parties from a Make Wealth History point of view.
For today however, I wanted to mention Mark Thomas’ latest project, . Mark Thomas is a campaigning comedian who has taken on the arms trade, Coca Cola, globalisation, the banking crisis and now the state of British politics. The People’s Manifesto is the result of a long tour where the audience votes on a series of policies over the course of the evening. The winning policies have been added to the manifesto. Like all Thomas’ work, it walks a fine line between the serious and the absurd, and it’s a neat satirical statement on the disconnect between the average person and the politicians who are supposed to represent them.
Here are some sample policies:
- There should be a maximum wage.
- MPs should have no job other than that of MP. If MPs want a second job in order to gain a greater understanding of life outside government, then their constituents should choose which job they think would best expand their MPs horizons.
- Everyone should be given the day off on their birthday.
- Introduce ‘none of the above’ on ballot papers.
- Those in favour of ID cards should be banned from having curtains.
- There should be a public referendum before going to war.
- The Daily Mail should be forced to print on the front of every edition the words: ‘This is a fictionalised account of the news and any resemblance to te truth is entirely coincidental.’
As it’s the People’s Manifesto, you can , or you can get it as a book if you prefer. You can even vote for it, if you live in Bristol West, where Danny Kushlik will be running as a parliamentary candidate off the back of the manifesto.