Peter's Principles

What I believe isn't really that important.  It's what you believe that really matters. But here's some of the principles I hold. They will inform the things I advocate and the way I approach issues.

  • People should not fear their government, the government should fear the people

Power belongs to the people.  I will advocate policies which increase the power of the people, and reduce the power of the government - local, national & European; things which make government & bureaucracy smaller and the people bigger.
  • Freedom and liberty are our birthright

In a democracy it should be that all things are permissible unless explicitly prohibited by the state. In a tyranny all things are prohibited unless explicitly permitted by the state.  The British state has accumulated unprecedented power and the instinct of politicians and bureaucrats is to expand their power base even further into areas unknown in peace time.

No more nanny state. The government doesn't know what's best for you and your family.  You do.

I will advocate policies that fight injustice and protect our civil liberties and personal freedoms from undue state interference
  • Protecting human life, protecting marriage, and protecting freedom of conscience are foundational for creating and maintaining strong families, caring communities and a just society

Self explanatory really!  Britain comes near the bottom of all sorts of league tables - we have some of the unhappiest, unhealthiest children, we are one of the most authoritarian states, we are dropping educationally, we have some of the highest crime, most unstable families.  I could go on but it's depressing.  The economy isn't the only or most important measure of a nation's success.  I will advocate policies which improve our well-being not just our wealth

  • People are personally responsible for their own destinies

The flip side of people power is personal responsibility. We get the government and therefore society we deserve.  The government does not owe anyone a living, a house, health or happiness.  If you want something - whether it's democracy, cleaner streets, or a summer holiday - you work for it.  Things that cost nothing aren't generally valued or appreciated.  The state should be a provider of the last resort - not the first.  I will advocate policies which will reduce dependency on the state and empower  people to take responsibility for the well-being of themselves and their family.