The Propel statement was adopted on the 29th of September, 2018 by a group of Propel activists in Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, Wales.
The Propel statement is the foundational document for Propel nationally and for every Propel chapter across the country.
The Propel Statement
In this time of great change, it is the responsibility of Welsh people to state our principles.
We, as members of Propel Wales, believe in the following:
Individual sovereignty must be protected. Natural justice, due process and free speech should be at the heart of Welsh life. The rights and freedoms of the individual and the protection of minorities must be enshrined in a Welsh constitution and bill of rights.
As Welsh people we have come together to live in communities. As such, community sovereignty and the right of communities to influence decisions must be respected. Major changes to our communities, particularly with regard to planning and development, should not be imposed centrally and should be ratified through democratic, local referenda. Decentralisation of decision making to community level must be a principle of government.
All countries, no matter how big or small, can stand on their own two feet and be successful. But more than that, we have a duty and responsibility to govern our own country. National sovereignty should be the overarching aim for our nation. Wales must be governed from Wales. Whilst sovereignty can be shared, any sharing of national sovereignty, or actions that would lessen national sovereignty, must be approved through national referenda.
Propel members believe a market economy offers the most successful economic arrangement in order to realise individual, community and national sovereignty. However, while favouring a market economy, Propel members believe in a just and fair market that serves the needs of Wales’ communities and environment.
A fair market can only be achieved where severe poverty is eliminated, corruption is tackled, nepotism is ended, corporate lobbyists are reined in, corporate money is removed from politics, monopolies are broken up or mitigated against, where the country does not overburden itself with foreign debt, where there is a strong safety net for citizens and where all people have an equal opportunity to participate in the economy.
It is the duty of government to reach out to those who have been let down and left behind by the current political establishment. To create an inclusive economy, where young people can realise their full potential without having to leave Wales, we must encourage entrepreneurship and create the conditions for people to live sovereign lives. In order to provide meaningful employment a New Economy must be built by reindustrialising Wales for the 21st Century through sustainable infrastructure and technology.
To create an inclusive country our national languages, history and culture should be recognised as bridges that connect us and be known to all.
Overall, Propel members believe we must deliver a united Wales that celebrates diversity in a unifying way. We need to ensure that all people in Wales are respected, because no one can respect us until we respect ourselves. We will judge our progress and strength on the unity we create.