A Vision For Wirral

What do these places have in common?

Andorra 86,000, Isle of Man 83,000, American Samoa 68,000, Dominica 68,000, Bermuda 64,566, Guernsey 62,274, Northern Mariana Islands 61,000, Greenland 56,452, Cayman Islands 54,878, Marshall Islands 54,305, Saint Kitts and Nevis 52,000, Faroe Islands 48,585, Turks and Caicos Islands 40,357, Sint Maarten 37,429, Liechtenstein 36,157, Monaco 35,000, San Marino 31,887, Gibraltar 29,000, British Virgin Islands 28,213, Cook Islands 23,400, Palau 20,000, Anguilla 15,236, Nauru 10,000, Tuvalu 10,000, Montserrat 6,000, Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha 4,000, Falkland Islands 3,000, Niue 1,500, Tokelau 1,100, Vatican City 500, Pitcairn Islands

In case you haven’t got it, they are all small places that are self governing. The Wirral is a very distinct geographical area and with a population four times as great as that of the Isle of Man. It is more than capable of looking after its own affairs in the interests of Wirralians.

In a globalised world, it is not as significant as it once might have been to talk about independence, but we do seek complete autonomy to manage the political, economic and legal requirements of our peninsula. We do not want a seat at the United Nations, Membership of the EU or any of the conventional trappings of state hood. We would have no more need of border controls or military forces than the Isle of Man or the channel Islands and yet our natural assets would ensure a quality of life and distinct identity as good as anywhere in the world.

An autonomous Wirral would emulate the business success of Singapore and its freeport, the financial environment of Monaco and the tourist appeal of Andorra. A low tax, business friendly Wirral would attract world class golf, sailing, cultural and artistic events to rival any others. Lifting the burden of UK bureaucracy will result in the economic development of the east of Wirral bringing prosperity to an area that has suffered decades of deprivation.

No personal taxes will be levied in Wirral. All costs required for administering the peninsula will be raised by sales taxes.

Each Wirral town, village or district may elect a self funding community council if it so chooses and it will decide its own method of election. The community council will be able to make decisions on any matter not proscribed by the legislature.

Wirral laws will comprise the common law and bill of rights of England that has been our historical inheritance. UK statutes will not be incorporated. The Wirral legislature shall comprise one vote from each community council. Each community council will appoint a legislator who will represent them at meetings of the legislature when they are required. The legislature will appoint a clerk to conduct business and maintain records.

In all cases the presumption shall be that decision will be made at the lowest level possible. Whatever is not prohibited is permitted.

Devolution to the constituent administrations within the UK has only been achieved after decades of campaigning and it is still very far from being complete. It will take time to win acceptance for Wirral autonomy. In the meantime we will build support for a Wirral First movement through which we will seek to increase prosperity in the peninsula by eliminating public waste and bureaucracy as far as possible. We will campaign for large reductions in Council tax by contracting out all WMBC activities which need to be carried out and the discontinuation of those which are not essential. To achieve more efficient and accountable government of the Wirral we will support the direct election of an executive mayor to replace the costly and cumbersome WMBC.

11 responses to “A Vision For Wirral

  1. How do you oppressors wish to impose your will on the historically seperate towns of Birkenhead, Wallasey, Hoylake, Heswall, etc., by imposing an bogus identity that was only invented by a state bureaucrat in 1974 when Wirral Metropolitan Borough was created as part of the new Merseyside Metropolitan CoHunty?

  2. Editorial Team

    The last thing we want to do is impose our will on anyone.

    We want to free the citizens of Wirral from government and council bureaucracy. Decision making will happen at the most local level possible.

  3. Rogobegort Egolligos

    How will local electors be represented if their “Councillor” is off sick or on holiday? Only 22 representatives?

  4. Of course Wirral was not created by the 1974 local government re-organisation. The Wirral peninsula is a geographically distinct area which has existed for thousands of years and the Wirral Hundred was around for centuries before the disastrous Wirral Borough Council was dreamed up.

    22 Councillors is more than enough for Wirral. The 66 Councillors we have now work their socks off with a multitude of daft schemes imposed by government or demanded by pressure groups. Once you have discontinued the promotion of cycling, developing diversity, facilitating fair trade and all the other stuff that has nothing to do with local government you can get on with putting genuine services out to contract. Whether the work is done by charities, cooperatives, social enterprises, management buyouts or conventional companies they all have a better chance of doing the job properly than the corrupt and abusive arrangements which have recently been exposed in Wirral. If they do fail they can be quickly replaced. When Council services fail the staff carry on being paid, but the service isn’t provided.

    As for the Councillor being sick or on holiday, you only have one MP for each constituency. Who notices when they are sick or on holiday?

    • Presumably there would have to be a local referendum? This would require an act of parliament, i suppose, and there are questions as to who would frame the question or questions and how they would be framed. Also aren’t your plans for taxation somewhat regressive? Or do you even think of this as an objection?

      • Referendums were used on devolution to Scotland and Wales, but in the case of the Northern Irish Assembly it was done by negotiation. Referendums are an extremely bad way of deciding complex political and constitutional matters. None of these things can be reduced to a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ on a ballot paper.

        My preferred course towards Wirral autonomy would be for supporters of the concept to be elected to Wirral local government and then negotiate with central government.

        Economists describe taxes which are increasingly punitive on income and wealth as ‘progressive’ simply because they have a progressively larger impact the higher your income is or the more expensive the house you are buying or whatever. I do not understand what it would mean to call a tax regressive. Regressing to what? The only thing I can assume is that it regresses towards letting people keep more of what is theirs. That seems to me to be desirable.

      • I do not know what sort of cloud you have your head fixed in but is certainly not able to understand local politics. You lot may as well walk with your heads in the clouds and then you will see nothing at all and not be able to gain a correct understanding of what democracy really is and thank goodness we are not living in the Wirral 100 days.

      • Questions and criticism are interesting and welcome, but empty insults are of no use to anybody.

  5. What wards are you thinking of standing in?

  6. Where are you going to build the wall to isolate Wirral? Will it be just north of Chester? Will you employ border police?

    • Do you mean like the wall there is between northern Ireland and the Irish Republic or the walls there are between all the Shengan Agreement countries in Europe. The borders between autonomous regions of developed countries are places for friendly trade and unhindered movement. The hatred and conflicts which necessitate frontier posts arise from alienated control from remote centres of power. When communities determine their own affairs such hostility is unnecessary.

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