posted on May, 8 2010 @ 03:30 AM
Swiss People's Party
This is a political party that we should all replicate in the world. It is considered far-right but I think it has great ideas.
They are not the only good party in the west there are also...
Party for Freedom(Netherlands)
UK Independence Party(United Kingdom)
Movement for France(France)
The policies of the SVP are characterized by national conservative positions for the preservation of Switzerland's political sovereignty and a
conservative society. Furthermore, the party embodies the principle of self-responsibility of the individual citizens, and is skeptical toward any
expansion of governmental powers. This stance is most evident in the rejection of an accession of Switzerland to the European Union, the rejection of
military involvement abroad, and expansion of state involvement in areas such as social welfare and public education.
The emphases of the party's policies lie in foreign policy, immigration and homeland security policy as well as tax and social welfare policy. Among
political opponents, the SVP has gained a reputation as a party that maintains a hard-line stance.
In its foreign policy the SVP opposes all currently organized projects that will result in further participation of Switzerland in intergovernmental
and especially supranational structures, including the UN, EEA, EU, Schengen and Dublin treaties, and closer ties with the NATO. The party embodies
strict neutrality of the country and the preservation of the strong role of the Swiss army as the institution responsible for national defense. The
army shall remain a militia force and should never expand its role to include foreign interventions.
In its immigration policy the party commits itself to clear strengthening of the asylum laws and a reduction of immigration. The SVP opposes
immigration directly into the social welfare system and criticizes the high proportion of foreigners in the rising number of public insurance benefit
recipients and other social welfare programs. According to the opinion of the party, such benefits are a waste of tax revenues. Numerous SVP members
have shown themselves to be critical of Islam by having participated in the minaret controversy, during which they pushed for an initiative to ban the
construction of minarets.
Another key concern of the SVP is what it alleges is an increasing influence of the judiciary on politics. According to the SVP, this influence,
especially through international law, increasingly puts the Swiss direct democracy in question. Public law which is legitimate by direct democracy
standards should be agreed upon by the federal court. The international law, which, according to the SVP is not democratically legitimate, shall
always be subordinate to the Swiss law. The SVP also criticizes the judiciary as undemocratic because the courts have made decisions against the will
of the majority. Therefore, the SVP promotes the preservation of voting procedures in the question of the naturalization of foreigners, even after the
federal court ruling, which deemed such a procedure as unconstitutional. According to the SVP, the racism penalty and anti-racism commission should be
abolished in the interest of freedom of speech.
The SVP supports supply-side economics. Therefore, it is a proponent of lower taxes and the elimination of the budget deficit. The SVP is in a dilemma
in terms of its agricultural policy since, in consideration of it being the most popular party among farmers, it cannot oppose agricultural subsidies
and the current system of direct payments to farmers. The freedom of movement agreements with the EU and its extension toward new member states of the
EU is looked at skeptically by the SVP and is associated with unlimited immigration and increased criminality.
In terms of the environment, transportation and energy policy the SVP mainly opposes governmental measures for environmental protection. Therefore, in
its transportation policy the party endorses the expansion of the Swiss freeway network and is against the preference of public transportation over
individual transportation. It supports the construction of Megaprojects such as AlpTransit but criticizes the cost increases while demanding more
transparency. In the scope of environmentalism and energy policy the SVP does not support taxing businesses for their carbon emissions and supports
the use of nuclear energy. In the context of reductions of CO2 emissions, the SVP cites the limited impact of Switzerland and instead demands
globally, and legally binding agreements to address Global climate change.
In social and welfare policy the SVP rejects expansion of the welfare state, and stands for a conservative society. It opposes a publicly financed
maternal leave and publicly financed nursery schools. The SVP is skeptical toward governmental support of an equalization of both genders. This is one
reason why the SVP has the smallest proportion of women among parties represented in the Federal Assembly of Switzerland. In addition, the SVP has a
repressive drug policy, opposing the legalization of the consumption of drugs such as cannabis. At the same time, however, the party speaks out
against measures to limit alcohol and tobacco consumption. In its education policy, it opposes tendencies to shift the responsibility of the
upbringing of children from families to public institutions. The party complains about the excessive influence of anti-authoritarian ideas originating
from the protests of 1968. In general, the party supports strengthening crime prevention measures against social crimes and, especially in the areas
of social welfare policy and education policy, a return to meritocracy.
They were the policies party that started the Minaret controversy. This is a true party looking out for their peoples interests.
[edit on 5/8/10 by Misoir]