Thursday, 31 December 2020

Most YPP debates happen over here...

This 'blog is mainly for info only, the serious (and not-so-serious) debate is carried out by active members here, ideas filter through all that and end up in our manifesto.

See also John McCone's blog.

We also recommend The New Physiocrats League.

Saturday, 14 March 2020

Local elections - 7 May 2020

Assuming they don't cancel them because of coronavirus, there will be local elections in many areas on 7 May.

Please check on your local council website to see if there's an election where you live and get in touch if you'd like to stand as a YPP candidate.

There's a bit of form filling involved, which is like anything else in life, tricky the first time and pretty easy the next time.

The good news is, you don't have to pay anything to get on the ballot paper, and it's all good practice. We have found - despite doing no leafletting or campaigning whatsoever - that the number of votes you get creeps up every time you stand, which is good for morale, if nothing else.

Wednesday, 1 January 2020

New Year Message

Just to summarise...

YPP's aims are to shift this country's economy towards Georgism, which is mainly about funding government spending out of the value it generates (i.e. land values) instead of taxing wages and output to pay for it. There are endless knock-on benefits of this, if nothing else, it will reverse the entirely artificial "housing crisis" and make housing more affordable, thereby reducing income inequality between landowners (owner-occupiers or landlords) and tenants/first time buyers.

Our strategy is to try and get so many votes in elections that the major parties are forced to move towards Georgist policies to try and claw those votes back again. We're not going to be elected to anything any time soon, but that is irrelevant right now.

We currently have around thirty members plus non-members who make donations, which was enough to put up three candidates in the 2017 and 2019 General Elections. This was the second or third time we tried in those three constituencies in 2019, and all of them saw their vote share increase. It is a slow hard slog and none of us is doing it for fun.

So whether you see yourself as a natural Labour voter, natural Conservative voter or natural "none of the above voter", we need your your support if you want to nudge Labour or the Conservatives towards Georgism.

You can support us by

a. joining or making a donation. For every ten members paying £12 a year subscriptions, we can afford to pay the £500 deposit for one candidate at General Elections (assuming there's a General Election every four or five years), and

b. putting yourself up as a YPP candidate in local elections where you live (you don't have to pay a deposit and the forms are easier than in General Elections). We tend to do better in locals, because people are more prepared to vote "none of the above" in local elections; it's also good practice and very good groundwork to get people into the habit of voting YPP in your area (which benefits us in future elections in your area, there's a snowball effect).

Thanks and we hope to welcome you onboard!

Friday, 13 December 2019

2019 General Election results

Thomas Hall, 181 votes (up from 110), Epping Forest, 0.4%

Richard Galloway, 50 votes (up from 18), Lewisham East, 0.1%

Rohen Kapur, 80 votes (up from 72), Folkestone & Hythe, 0.1%

Wednesday, 20 November 2019

Our candidates in the 2019 General Election

Richard Galloway @RuudGit - Lewisham East

Rohen Kapur @Dr_RohenKapur - Folkestone & Hythe

Thomas Hall @ThomasBHall - Epping Forest

See also Our Aims and Mini-Manifesto

Any assistance greatly appreciated!

Thursday, 7 November 2019

YPP London meet-up, tomorrow Friday 8 November

At the Brewmaster near Leicester Square tube, exit 1 and turn left into the alley, we'll be outside with a yellow leaflet on the table (if we've grabbed one) from 5.20 on for an hour or two.

Ring me on 07954 59 07 44 if you can't find us or want to check if we are still there.

Topics, we've got three candidates for the snap election, we've got lots of admin and bureaucracy to deal with before next Thursday's deadline, wish us luck.

Thursday, 10 October 2019

YPP London meet-up, Friday 11 October

It was a good turnout last week, half a dozen of us were there.

John McCone and I should be at the usual place tomorrow.

The Brewmaster, Leicester Sq tube, exit 1, first left into the alleyway (St Martin's Court).

I'll be there by about 5.30 and will put a yellow leaflet on the table so that you can recognise us.

This is John's Twitter account so that you can recognise him:

Email me if necessary.