I have asked both the Republican and Democratic Parties what their principles are but have received nothing more than a confused and horrified silence.
The Conservative Party of Britain are threatening me with their costs if I do not succeed in application for permission to seek judicial review.
The purpose of doing so is to get them to publish a formal Statement of Principles, but I fear that no one understands or cares what this is all about.
The Labour Party started with the principle of nationalising everything in sight but abandoned them for the platitudinous confection that replaced their old clause iv in 1995, in order to get elected in 1997.
The Labour Party is a democratic socialist party. It believes that by the strength of our common endeavour we achieve more than we achieve alone, so as to create for each of us the means to realise our true potential and for all of us a community in which power, wealth and opportunity are in the hands of the many, not the few, where the rights we enjoy reflect the duties we owe, and where we live together, freely, in a spirit of solidarity, tolerance and respect.
If they are all going to be like that, then why not just agree to promote the long-term national interest - an equally vague concept?
Why not pretend that the long-term national interest is something that could be conserved by Conservatives, and laboured for by the Labour Party?
No one can possibly find anything in the new clause iv objectionable, not even a Conservative, not even me. Why not scrap the lot, became just one party and agree collectively to promote the long-term national interest?
At least something said to be in the long-term national interest can stand and fall on those terms. If it is arguably against the national interest to pursue a certain policy and it is successfully argued against, then it shall not be government policy if the majority of MPs for whom every vote will be a free vote vote against it.
If it is arguably for the national interest to pursue a policy and successfully argued for, then it shall be government policy if the majority of MPs for whom every vote will be a free vote vote for it.
Secular Koranism promotes Conservative values and nothing that it enjoins or forbids would be against the long term national interest.
Those who object will not have read the Koran. In any case, when have liberals or feminists ever considered the long term national interest and instead based every decision on short termist expediency?
What possible objection would the Conservative Party have to saying that its principle is to promote the long-term national interest as well as to conserve it, and to exhort Labour to labour for it too?