The interview was conducted in the run-up to the 2015 General Election.
Dick Franklin, who lives with his wife in Wimborne, had a long career with HM Customs and Excise and subsequently with Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, before taking early retirement a few years ago. He has lived in Dorset for the past 28 years and has a grown-up daughter.
He answered the Echo’s seven questions as follows:
Q Why did you stand for this election?
A I think this is going to be a more important election than in the past since it may be the last one in which British nationalists will be able to spread the word with even the modest degree of freedom we have at the moment.
The Home Secretary was recently grumbling that she would crack down on so-called “right wing extremists” irrespective of the law and democracy. The Establishment parties have been trying to silence British nationalists for many years. They have failed so far but that will not stop them from trying. Their pretensions to be democrats seem to be being thrown out of the window along with the rest of the British Constitution.
I am standing because I want to make a real difference, helping to rejuvenate this country as a great nation. I would like it to be more self-sufficient and less dependent on imported goods and services, I would like to see it safe within its own borders and most of all I want our racial integrity retained (if not lost already) and Britain and the British put first and always.
Q What are the key issues?
A I believe the key issues to be immigration, getting out of the European Union and the restoration of national sovereignty and the rule of law under the Queen in Parliament.
Q Where do you stand on renewable energy and ‘fracking’?
A I believe wind farms have largely proved to be a costly failure. However, in general terms I am very much in favour of renewable energy provision. We are an island surrounded by tides which we know will come in and out every day without fail, expending great power which can be harvested if the technology is in place.
This is an area where so much more could be done. I am also a great proponent of solar power and I just do not mean solar panels on roof tops. Much could be done for example by collecting solar power in orbit.
As regards hydraulic fracturing, I am for this, provided environmental and public health concerns are satisfied. This potentially could strengthen our energy security and provide cheaper and more reliable power.
Q What could be done to improve the housing situation in Dorset?
A Wherever possible building and re-building should be on brownfield sites. All public sector housing should be brought under the control and ownership of locally elected councils.
Local residents with at least five years continuous residence will be given priority in the in the allocation of social housing. No one will be eligible for social housing unless they have been a British citizen for at least 10 years. The proceeds from any sales of social housing should be ploughed back into further social housing.
Regarding the the private sector, we will make more attempts to help first time buyers. The building societies should exist to provide buyers with mortgages and these should be provided without upfront costs, provided the buyer has a good record.
We also believe that deposits required are far too high and we would be looking for buyers to to be able to buy without having to put down massive deposits. This makes house buying almost impossible for many couples and is ultimately self- defeating.
We would be looking at the provision of the private rental sector both to protect the buyer and the landlord. We believe that “squatting” in private residential properties should be made a criminal offence. As with the rest of the economy, we would like to see houses in Britain and indeed all other properties, constructed by British builders using British materials and equipment.
Q What three things could be done to improve education provision in Dorset?
A Abolish the current system of student loans and introduce a new state funded grant for higher education in respect of tuition fees and subsistence. I would like to see a wide extension of genuine apprenticeship schemes with real jobs and careers at the end of it. At the moment there are a number of so-called apprenticeships which are just used as an excuse to avoid paying the minimum wage. Finally, I would like to see a return to teaching of mental arithmetic and a widening in other subjects especially British history.
Q How would you tackle the issue of mental health treatment?
A This is something close to my heart, having lost a son to mental illness. MH treatment is often said to be the poor relation in terms of NHS provision and this is certainly true.
It needs far more resources than it has at present and people often have to wait long periods for treatment which is of short duration. I think that MH treatment needs to be “person centred” rather than locality centred as seems to be the present case.
CMH Teams and the Crisis Service need to be beefed up considerably and they need to work with other NHS services in a joined up manner. So if an individual is identified with an MH problem they could be given intensive treatment irrespective of where they happen to live in Dorset or elsewhere.
Although not strictly a Parliamentary matter, I would like to see the voluntary sector act in the same way. Local charities are often locality based and can provide overlapping services. They are often reliant on funding from local authorities who are too focused on whether or not a client lives within their area rather than on the needs of the client themselves. They need to coordinate their activities.
Q What is your red line policy?
A I have only one red line and that is the whole purpose I am standing. I just want to keep Britain British.