change the way we vote

To undo the whole registering to vote process, and in doing so, enhance democracy and save several million pounds.

To replace it with a system that uses a combination of passports and driving licenses, and an online database on polling day (admittedly, one that wouldn't crash… ahem hmg's web server!)

every passport / driving license has a unique number. Admittedly, not every person has a driving license or a passport… passport ownership stands at about 70% at the moment….

he solution is that I think it is a human right that at birth in this country everyone is given a passport. It should be the inalieable and free right of any honest individual to travel out of the country if they wish to do so. So, if you are scrapping ID cards, how about giving passports to the 30% rest of the population… and then… you won't have to do that ridiculous register to vote paperwork come the next election.

 

and I estimate it would increase voter turnout by 10 – 20 %

 

The other option is the inky finger option (or hand dying stamp?), which isn't actually too bad… ok, so you'd have a 1 – 3% error rating for cheeky tourists / non-nationals who try and vote…. but a turnout more like 90%….

 

and for a further point, STV (single transferable vote) is much more representational of voters than AV (alternative vote) or FPTP (first past the post, our current system, modelled on horse racing…)

Why is this idea important?

To undo the whole registering to vote process, and in doing so, enhance democracy and save several million pounds.

To replace it with a system that uses a combination of passports and driving licenses, and an online database on polling day (admittedly, one that wouldn't crash… ahem hmg's web server!)

every passport / driving license has a unique number. Admittedly, not every person has a driving license or a passport… passport ownership stands at about 70% at the moment….

he solution is that I think it is a human right that at birth in this country everyone is given a passport. It should be the inalieable and free right of any honest individual to travel out of the country if they wish to do so. So, if you are scrapping ID cards, how about giving passports to the 30% rest of the population… and then… you won't have to do that ridiculous register to vote paperwork come the next election.

 

and I estimate it would increase voter turnout by 10 – 20 %

 

The other option is the inky finger option (or hand dying stamp?), which isn't actually too bad… ok, so you'd have a 1 – 3% error rating for cheeky tourists / non-nationals who try and vote…. but a turnout more like 90%….

 

and for a further point, STV (single transferable vote) is much more representational of voters than AV (alternative vote) or FPTP (first past the post, our current system, modelled on horse racing…)

change the way we vote

To undo the whole registering to vote process, and in doing so, enhance democracy and save several million pounds.

To replace it with a system that uses a combination of passports and driving licenses, and an online database on polling day (admittedly, one that wouldn't crash… ahem hmg's web server!)

every passport / driving license has a unique number. Admittedly, not every person has a driving license or a passport… passport ownership stands at about 70% at the moment….

he solution is that I think it is a human right that at birth in this country everyone is given a passport. It should be the inalieable and free right of any honest individual to travel out of the country if they wish to do so. So, if you are scrapping ID cards, how about giving passports to the 30% rest of the population… and then… you won't have to do that ridiculous register to vote paperwork come the next election.

 

and I estimate it would increase voter turnout by 10 – 20 %

 

The other option is the inky finger option (or hand dying stamp?), which isn't actually too bad… ok, so you'd have a 1 – 3% error rating for cheeky tourists / non-nationals who try and vote…. but a turnout more like 90%….

 

and for a further point, STV (single transferable vote) is much more representational of voters than AV (alternative vote) or FPTP (first past the post, our current system, modelled on horse racing…)

Why is this idea important?

To undo the whole registering to vote process, and in doing so, enhance democracy and save several million pounds.

To replace it with a system that uses a combination of passports and driving licenses, and an online database on polling day (admittedly, one that wouldn't crash… ahem hmg's web server!)

every passport / driving license has a unique number. Admittedly, not every person has a driving license or a passport… passport ownership stands at about 70% at the moment….

he solution is that I think it is a human right that at birth in this country everyone is given a passport. It should be the inalieable and free right of any honest individual to travel out of the country if they wish to do so. So, if you are scrapping ID cards, how about giving passports to the 30% rest of the population… and then… you won't have to do that ridiculous register to vote paperwork come the next election.

 

and I estimate it would increase voter turnout by 10 – 20 %

 

The other option is the inky finger option (or hand dying stamp?), which isn't actually too bad… ok, so you'd have a 1 – 3% error rating for cheeky tourists / non-nationals who try and vote…. but a turnout more like 90%….

 

and for a further point, STV (single transferable vote) is much more representational of voters than AV (alternative vote) or FPTP (first past the post, our current system, modelled on horse racing…)

Change the laws on running a diesel engine on chip oil

At the moment, there is a clouded, complicated process, whereby if you want to run your diesel engine on recycled chip oil, you have to 'announce' this to the revenue and customs authority, who will then oversee your production, and tax you at a rate as high or higher than normal petrol….. this country is tangled in inefficient systems of bureucracy, thats why it takes so long for things to happen / change

Biodiesel can be made at home out of used chip oil with inexpensive filtration equipment. My suggestion would be to forget about taxing it – it is a very useful form of recycling and should be encouraged as much as possible, so links can be made between chip shops and car owners…

 

and if you really do insist on taxing it to lift your backsides out of your deficit, tax it at the point of sale between chip shop owners (and other industries that use large amounts of cooking oil) and car owners / biodiesel producers. This way the chip shop owners would have one more thing to sell, and they could advertise this in their shops…. "make your own biodisel! 30p a litre!", or something similarly attractive. Even if the tax would be 50%, the chip shop owner is still making 15p per litre on something they would otherwise throw away….

Why is this idea important?

At the moment, there is a clouded, complicated process, whereby if you want to run your diesel engine on recycled chip oil, you have to 'announce' this to the revenue and customs authority, who will then oversee your production, and tax you at a rate as high or higher than normal petrol….. this country is tangled in inefficient systems of bureucracy, thats why it takes so long for things to happen / change

Biodiesel can be made at home out of used chip oil with inexpensive filtration equipment. My suggestion would be to forget about taxing it – it is a very useful form of recycling and should be encouraged as much as possible, so links can be made between chip shops and car owners…

 

and if you really do insist on taxing it to lift your backsides out of your deficit, tax it at the point of sale between chip shop owners (and other industries that use large amounts of cooking oil) and car owners / biodiesel producers. This way the chip shop owners would have one more thing to sell, and they could advertise this in their shops…. "make your own biodisel! 30p a litre!", or something similarly attractive. Even if the tax would be 50%, the chip shop owner is still making 15p per litre on something they would otherwise throw away….

let milk be milk – repealing pasteurisation laws

To allow organic farmers to sell their milk unpasteurised once again – as far as I can tell, this is due to economic pressure by the FSA (food standards authority)

Why is this idea important?

To allow organic farmers to sell their milk unpasteurised once again – as far as I can tell, this is due to economic pressure by the FSA (food standards authority)

Allow free market places in towns and cities

Every weekend, or at least one day of every week a part of town (e.g. an open square) should become a free market place. Perhaps people should still have to register (through the council) so there is some form of quality control, but the important thing is that a market place should be provided for free, without the need for a traders licence, and that the market should be facillitated (i.e. tables and covers provided).

Why is this idea important?

Every weekend, or at least one day of every week a part of town (e.g. an open square) should become a free market place. Perhaps people should still have to register (through the council) so there is some form of quality control, but the important thing is that a market place should be provided for free, without the need for a traders licence, and that the market should be facillitated (i.e. tables and covers provided).

Don’t freak the whole country out (re:terrorism)

If the UK was a person, it would be a paranoid schizophrenic. In london, there are orwellian posters with eyes hanging in the sky. There are announcements at every underground station, every train station, saying 'please attend your luggage'. The first problem with this is they are completely pointless. If an individual is hell bent on carrying a bomb in their briefcase, and is content blowing themselves and everyone else up….. well for a start, the unnattended luggage thing is useless when terrorists use suicide bombing techniques. So please, please quit this useless 'attend your luggage at all times message'. It has no effect except for making the whole platform shifty and suspicious. Don't you know a lack of trust makes people more untrustworthy? some basic metaphysics for you.

 

as a side note, if you want to beat terrorism, it will never happen by 'fighting' or 'locking down'. This will only make it worse, like the evil planet in the fifth element (a pop reference, but nevertheless a poignant one). The only way you can beat it is by being friendly and not attacking and threatening islamic countries.

Why is this idea important?

If the UK was a person, it would be a paranoid schizophrenic. In london, there are orwellian posters with eyes hanging in the sky. There are announcements at every underground station, every train station, saying 'please attend your luggage'. The first problem with this is they are completely pointless. If an individual is hell bent on carrying a bomb in their briefcase, and is content blowing themselves and everyone else up….. well for a start, the unnattended luggage thing is useless when terrorists use suicide bombing techniques. So please, please quit this useless 'attend your luggage at all times message'. It has no effect except for making the whole platform shifty and suspicious. Don't you know a lack of trust makes people more untrustworthy? some basic metaphysics for you.

 

as a side note, if you want to beat terrorism, it will never happen by 'fighting' or 'locking down'. This will only make it worse, like the evil planet in the fifth element (a pop reference, but nevertheless a poignant one). The only way you can beat it is by being friendly and not attacking and threatening islamic countries.

Make the Police more human

There have been several occasions in which I have encountered the police using laws to direct action rather than guidance, suggestion, or any form of wisdom. What they should be saying is, you can't do that, becuase such and such a reason. Instead, we get "you can't do that, because that's the way it is", often in a very arrogant, very non-bending, very non-understanding or unhelpful way.

Here are some examples; I have been retained for hours in peaceful protest situations under 'terrorism laws', completely misused, and in turn creating frustration and abuse. In similar situations, I have been told to move away from the pavement, or simply away from having a decent conversation under "blockage of public passageway" instructions. I have been told I couldn't wait for a friend on the other side of a passport queue in an airport, and when I did, was questioned for 40 minutes and held by the police while they did an identity check on me. I tell you, that made me feel very unhappy about coming back to britain from relatively relaxed scandinavia.

There are many things that could make the police more human. walking or getting about by bicycles instead of cars (like rudeboys in the hood) would help. Using contextual, situational (e.g. more human) guidance for control rather than the use of laws would be good. Perhaps having policing as a more community (elected?) group would be fantastic.

Why is this idea important?

There have been several occasions in which I have encountered the police using laws to direct action rather than guidance, suggestion, or any form of wisdom. What they should be saying is, you can't do that, becuase such and such a reason. Instead, we get "you can't do that, because that's the way it is", often in a very arrogant, very non-bending, very non-understanding or unhelpful way.

Here are some examples; I have been retained for hours in peaceful protest situations under 'terrorism laws', completely misused, and in turn creating frustration and abuse. In similar situations, I have been told to move away from the pavement, or simply away from having a decent conversation under "blockage of public passageway" instructions. I have been told I couldn't wait for a friend on the other side of a passport queue in an airport, and when I did, was questioned for 40 minutes and held by the police while they did an identity check on me. I tell you, that made me feel very unhappy about coming back to britain from relatively relaxed scandinavia.

There are many things that could make the police more human. walking or getting about by bicycles instead of cars (like rudeboys in the hood) would help. Using contextual, situational (e.g. more human) guidance for control rather than the use of laws would be good. Perhaps having policing as a more community (elected?) group would be fantastic.