Introduction

Sovereign is unequivocally the mould-breaker of politics of our time. The EU Referendum was a significant landmark in the history of the United Kingdom yet our Government, the Opposition and other parliamentarians are denying the opportunity that the people’s Brexit vote provided to optimise our national interests for the future. Sovereign is committed to serve Britain without deference to political ‘correctness’ and focused not only on the present but committed to a bold vision of a future that recognises and respects the potential and dignity of all Britons.

 

Our Newsletter features news, reviews and guests writing on a variety of topics. We hope you enjoy reading it and look forward to your contribution.

 

Brexit

John Porter

 

1932: “There is not the slightest indication that nuclear energy will ever be obtainable. It would mean that the atom would have to be shattered at will.” — Albert Einstein.

 

None of the predictions of doom and catastrophe following the vote for Brexit came true, so it is entirely reasonable to measure post Brexit predictions in that light and call them rubbish.  If Einstein, one of the world’s great scientists and thinkers, was able to be so spectacularly wrong when treading the murky waters of prediction, why give the financial predictions of salaried economic ‘experts’ any credence.  Let’s face it, if they could predict the future, even occasionally, they would be far too rich to talk to.

 

At Sovereign, we look at things differently.  Sometime after March 29, 2019 our economy will no longer be bound by the protectionist strictures of the EU.  How long after, and how free, unfortunately depends on the deal struck.  Sovereign, with the invaluable help of our growing support, will work tirelessly to end all restrictive ties to the EU, meaning we will be free to participate in the world economy in a way we cannot do today.  In other words, instead of linking our future to an economic area shrinking year on year in world terms, we will be able to rejoin a much larger set of markets on equal terms (source:

https://fullfact.org/europe/eu-has-shrunk-percentage-world-economy/)

 

Simply put, we have confidence that there are enough businesses in the UK ready to do business worldwide and take advantage of all opportunities, no matter how thin, to benefit themselves and the UK.  Approximately 10% of the 5 million+ UK businesses trade overseas.  That is half a million, and it won’t take anything like that number to make UK PLC a growing success story year on year.

 

For our part, we will dedicate ourselves to removing barriers, any and all ‘transitional’ arrangements with the EU left in place by this remain-centric government, focussing on making FTAs across the world, and removing constraints on business within the UK to reduce the cost of doing business.  The aim of a Sovereign government will be to create an environment where everyone can thrive and enjoy the benefits of living in a free, confident and prosperous Britain.

 

Energy

Roger Tattersall

 

This week the government will announce that taxpayers will take a large stake in the construction of a new domestic nuclear power plant at Wylfa on the isle of Anglesey in Wales to replace the two Magnox units decommissioned in 2015. Underwriting two thirds of the £15 billion construction costs has enabled the government to negotiate a ‘strike price’ with Japanese firm Hitachi for the energy produced around 18% lower than the £92.50 per megawatt hour obtained at Hinckley, where French constructors EDF will have higher exposure to investment borrowing.

 

As the UK moves towards the increased use of low-emission power generation, Wylfa will provide reliable baseload capacity to help keep our national grid stable as more intermittent generators such as wind farms are built.

 

The UK will need a mix of technologies and increased capacity in the coming years. Nuclear and natural gas will be providing the majority of the reliable baseload until new forms of energy production come to market. Sovereign will encourage innovation, to help reduce the need for example, for the £126 million pounds a year in subsidy to the new Rampion offshore windfarm.

 

One promising development is from UK firm Oxford-based Tokamak Energy, which has recently reached a milestone in fusion development by achieving plasma temperatures hotter than the centre of the Sun. They hope to be generating by 2025.

 

Sovereign wishes the Tokamak team well. Abundant, reliable and affordable energy is the key to the UK’s economic success beyond Brexit.

 

An overview of Mental Health

Dr Teck Khong

 

It’s probably true to say there’s no one who has not suffered a setback in life. Sometimes, these are extremely sad, such as the loss of a loved one. Sometimes, a devastating event pulls a mortal soul down to the lowest ebb as in the destruction or loss of possessions in a major calamity. There are events that are life-changing, such as when injury or illness strikes and recovery is poor or death is unavoidable. The complexity of modern living also present stresses that many find coping difficult and many instances of workplace discord cause great distress, even upheaval.

 

Psychiatry seemed relatively straightforward when I was a medical student compared to when I was a junior doctor working in that specialty. Psychiatry rapidly became intricate with new terminologies that were only exceeded by the mushrooming of psychopharmacology. Indeed, the complexion of the specialty changed into a bloated psychosocial entity and was soon supplanted by the umbrella term Mental Health. That was followed by increasingly large numbers of cases of emotional distress and social upsets being classified under the new-look Mental Health.

 

Mental Health is not a particularly helpful term as it covers a huge range of clinical conditions, from complex thought disorders known as psychosis, to neurodevelopmental disorders and to easily understood cases of sadness occasioned by life’s situations now referred to as depression. In some practices of psychiatry, overlap of presentations and unfolding understanding of behavioural science complicate the practical aspects of General Practice.

 

This has major implications for health and social care.

 

In Britain, illness certification is largely the responsibility of GPs. With low threshold for medicalising emotional upsets and social upheavals, symptoms become the focus for pharmacological intervention. Besides consulting for stress either at home or in the workplace and seeking treatment, many of these patients also attend their GP for sick notes. Two main effects result. People who are not ill but distressed swell the busy GP clinics. Their consultations invariably take longer and shortcuts become tempting, with recourse to medication and sick-note being the most welcomed expectation by many patients but seriously flawed approach from an ethical perspective.

 

There are health implications of long-term medication that may be inappropriate in many circumstances, such as the prescription of an antidepressant for bereavement, marital breakdown or tension in the workplace. What appears to be an act of kindness in the short term is procured at the risk of dependency from which withdrawal is fraught with difficulty, even impossible, with long-term effects of continued use of such drugs being largely unknown.

 

Sickness certification, particularly the duration of absence from work, is another consequence of the indiscriminate classification of adjustment difficulties as illness under Mental Health. There are various issues here, such as the character and experience of the GP and the personality and needs of the patient. Weaknesses and deficits in any of these could cause intractable problems. Productivity and self-esteem of the patient may be affected with undesired consequences for both the employers and the employees.

 

While the unscrupulous patients often claim anxiety and stress as qualifying sick certification for financial leverage, prolonged absence from work translates into long-term disability with catastrophic consequences for the patient and the country’s economy.

 

Conflict, bullying and coping difficulties in the workplace, school and home must also be a priority. These cases should not be attended to in General Practice by default, but the problems should be identified and resolved closer to the source of the problem for better and safer outcomes.

 

I am passionate that there is a thorough review on how Mental Health is defined for the purposes of obtaining the right management and treatment regime for the patient. This should lead to a more rational approach in the use of resources and direct investment in areas that require funding, such as providing an adequate level of emotional and cognitive support by high calibre counsellors and psychotherapists rather than resorting to drugs inappropriately.

 

The involvement of the family and the community, whether social or religious, cannot be under-estimated. As we commit to caring with compassion, it is timely to consider all human needs in the most holistic way imaginable.

 

 

A Brexit question.

John Porter

 

Does Theresa May intend to play tough with the EU on Brexit or are her tough words simply a smokescreen to ward off critics long enough for her to claim ‘Sorry, out of time, we did the best we could.  Enjoy your fudge Brexiteers as we are remaining for the foreseeable future, but calling it Brexit’?

 

We in the Sovereign Party believe the latter.  Her Florence speech was a defining moment, lost.  A reasonable starting point with the carrot of the divorce bill and the stick of 40+ FTAs ready to sign on March 31, 2019.

 

We say stop negotiating now, focus on leaving without a deal and watch the pressure grow for a good deal for all from 27 worried countries who stand to lose a large and willing market.  We also say that a key part of this stance would be to release as much information as possible about the 40+ FTAs.  The more time UK businesses have to prepare, the better it is for the UK, post Brexit.

 

We also firmly support a stronger negotiating stance.  For instance, the question of the Irish border looms large, and we believe new thinking is needed.  Why not make a counter offer of an FTA ready to sign should Eire decide to exit the EU, regain full independence, enjoy a reduction in their cost of living as tariffs are removed, profit from access to the larger world market, and of course, benefit from no change to current border arrangements? We are not saying for a moment this idea would ‘fly’.  What we are saying, though, is that new thinking is needed to break this largely artificial deadlock.

 

Choose your political outlook.

John Sutherland

 

Most of us choose a political point-of-view even if we don’t vote.  This judgement is usually based on whether they will work in our interest. This interest is often based on questions such as ‘will my job be secure’, ‘will I be able to get a job’, or ‘will they take too much tax from me’, and what we think is morally acceptable. Would the choice be that simple?

 

The usual ploy political Parties use is to be as vague as possible but imply they are on your side. There is also the individual politician who when interviewed doesn’t answer the question but pretends to do so by responding to a different one. The overall strategy is not to lie, but to get you to deceive yourself.

 

In our ‘First Past The Post’ (FPTP) system you can never get all your wishes, because to win an Election they must promise people a wide range of political aims to get elected.   If you fit into a category of voter that can get full satisfaction from a Manifesto you are fortunate, as most do not.

 

Clearly you are reading this because you support the Sovereign Party.   Our aim is to avoid extreme Policies and to involve those that support us as much as we can.  This should result in Policies that the majority actually want, and not what some politicians think is best.