Personally, the immutable statement is
Equal Opportunity for Every Child to thrive and develop to the greatest extent of their individual talent and ambition.
which can translate into a number of policies and actions.
Regarding the points that you bring up:
Qualified Voting: It’s complicated to design and implement when you get to the nitty-gritty. That’s why I think it’s important to take steps that move us into the right direction and iterate along the way, for example, with the Public Lobby. Other proposals have involved having experts propose solutions and each community / town / city / country chooses one of those solutions to X problem they’re having. They have to choose a solution, but they can request second opinions, the same way you can request a second opinion when you go to a doctor. Or a third opinion, etc.
Family versus community: Sure, if the parents are doing a good job then that’s great. It’s good for the kids, it’s good for the parents (they feel fulfilled) and it’s good for the State because it means less of a drain on State resources from dysfunctional families. But the main problem from the “family first” mantra is that everyone is saying the same thing, so they start to compete against one another and this only benefits the top families. Fostering a community spirit would bring families together instead of having each to their own. It can be as simple as eating regularly with other people, e.g. with all of your neighbours. Finding ways to help each other out.
Think of all the struggling parents out there that would benefit from a “Community First” mantra. Parents who skip meals so that their children can eat instead. They would benefit enormously from a community mess hall to give an example.
I want to bring up a cultural contrast too. In Southern countries (Spain, Italy…), families help each other out a lot more (not just immediate family, but extended family too). They have a community spirit within the family, which helps to weather a lot of storms. There’s also a very strong social fabric in society (at least in Spain), that you don’t see in the UK. I think there’s a connection between the two.
This article is an interesting read: My Family and 100% Inheritance Tax.
Anyway, the long and short of it is that families can only stand to benefit from community activities. It creates social bonds and brings people together, instead of separating them into isolated boxes (houses/apartments) where you can end up viewing others with paranoia, suspicion, jealousy …
From a practical point-of-view fostering community spirit can only be done from the local, grassroots level. So it’s not something that’s in the UKMP “core policies”, because it requires action first. It’s certainly something that we can and should do as part of our “core activities” as we grow. Finding ways to help out our local communities and bringing them together.
Scottish Meritocracy Party: Great! Even though it is a tight schedule, it takes the Electoral Commission 20 days to approve an application, so there’s time to make it official. If there’s enough support, I also think you can field candidates. The first thing is the campaign though and putting it out there.
More than anything, this election cycle should be used to put Meritocracy on the map, even if it’s on a small scale because we’re few in number. That will plant the seeds for the work we’ll be doing in the future: we should be an active party, focused on resolving problems locally as best as we can, by being creative and taking the initiative. Grassroots action is equally as important as winning elections, if not more so.