Our Principles

Our Principles

Honest politics. Our political system has been polluted by spin, lies, petty corruption and false promises for decades. Think of how Tony Blair took us into Iraq, Nick Clegg’s pledge not to raise tuition fees and David Cameron’s promise to cut net migration to the tens of thousands. During the referendum mendacity went stratospheric with Vote Leave’s lie that we send Brussels £350 million a week. This can’t be allowed to continue.

Openness to the world. Free movement of people, goods and services enriches us culturally and economically. We need to work with other nations to advance prosperity, combat terrorism, secure our neighbourhood, fight global warming and deal with a host of other cross-border threats and opportunities.

Share the fruits of progress. Globalisation, free movement and technological advance are beneficial to humanity as a whole. But many people are being left behind by the march of progress and want to pull up the drawbridge. Growing inequality is neither fair nor sustainable.

Unity in diversity. Our society is divided: between young and old; between London, Scotland and Northern Ireland on the one hand, and Wales and the rest of England on the other; between cities and towns. Xenophobia is on the rise. We need  to bring our country together.