Repeal copyright protection for dead composers and authors

It is bad enough that 20 minutes of scribbling on the back of an envelope can provide wealth for life for the author but totally illogical that royalties can still be claimed by the estate after the composers or authors death.

All of our technological and artistic evolution has been possible by one generation learning the skills and ideas of their predecessors, improving and building on them then leaving their legacy for the next generation to do the same again.

Royalties for intellectual property restrict education, development, innovation and at a corporate level are in restraint of trade to ensure that the copyright holders can obtain profits far in excess of what would be possible if they were determined by fair application of market forces.

A reasonable time to reward talent, inovation, research and development should be allowed but beyond that everything should be in the public domain.

Why is this idea important?

It is bad enough that 20 minutes of scribbling on the back of an envelope can provide wealth for life for the author but totally illogical that royalties can still be claimed by the estate after the composers or authors death.

All of our technological and artistic evolution has been possible by one generation learning the skills and ideas of their predecessors, improving and building on them then leaving their legacy for the next generation to do the same again.

Royalties for intellectual property restrict education, development, innovation and at a corporate level are in restraint of trade to ensure that the copyright holders can obtain profits far in excess of what would be possible if they were determined by fair application of market forces.

A reasonable time to reward talent, inovation, research and development should be allowed but beyond that everything should be in the public domain.

Allow people to decide whether they want to wear a seat belt or crash helmet.

It should be up to me to decide how much I want to protect myself.

To answer the argument bout the cost of treatment after accidents that could be dealt with by people opting not to wear seat belts and crash helmets having to take out insurance to cover injuries which may result.

The state could still legislate about children because they are not old enough to decide yet.

Why is this idea important?

It should be up to me to decide how much I want to protect myself.

To answer the argument bout the cost of treatment after accidents that could be dealt with by people opting not to wear seat belts and crash helmets having to take out insurance to cover injuries which may result.

The state could still legislate about children because they are not old enough to decide yet.

Abolish VAT

Replace the multi teared system of VAT by a single application of purchase tax to the end user.

In the present system:-

  • A company buys its plant and materials and pays VAT on sales and reclaims VAT on inputs. 
  • It sells its product and charges the wholesaler VAT and pays VAT for packing and transport and reclaims VAT it paid to the suppliers. 
  • The wholesaler charges VAT again to the retailer and reclaims the VAT on its inputs.  
  • Tthe retailer charges VAT to the consumer and reclaims the VAT it paid its suppliers.

All the layers of VAT require accounts and the VAT office has to supervise and check all these levels of accounting.

Why not replace all these multiple levels of accounting and checking by a single application of purchase tax at point of sale to consumers.  The Government receives the same amount of tax at a fraction of the administration cost and companies are relieved of the necessity to deal with a lot of unnecessary accounting.

Why is this idea important?

Replace the multi teared system of VAT by a single application of purchase tax to the end user.

In the present system:-

  • A company buys its plant and materials and pays VAT on sales and reclaims VAT on inputs. 
  • It sells its product and charges the wholesaler VAT and pays VAT for packing and transport and reclaims VAT it paid to the suppliers. 
  • The wholesaler charges VAT again to the retailer and reclaims the VAT on its inputs.  
  • Tthe retailer charges VAT to the consumer and reclaims the VAT it paid its suppliers.

All the layers of VAT require accounts and the VAT office has to supervise and check all these levels of accounting.

Why not replace all these multiple levels of accounting and checking by a single application of purchase tax at point of sale to consumers.  The Government receives the same amount of tax at a fraction of the administration cost and companies are relieved of the necessity to deal with a lot of unnecessary accounting.

Allow Taper Relief on Capital Gains Tax

Without Taper Relief speculators who destabalise share prices and property prices for short term gain pay less CGT while people who buy shares as a long term investment and property to let for long periods pay more CGT.

Why is this idea important?

Without Taper Relief speculators who destabalise share prices and property prices for short term gain pay less CGT while people who buy shares as a long term investment and property to let for long periods pay more CGT.

Repeal Road Traffic Act amendment introduced Feb 27 2007

Repeal Road Traffic Act amendment introduced March 27 2007 under which one man was prosecuted for blowing his nose in a stationary car with the handbrake on

http://news.uk.msn.com/odd-news/articles.aspx?cp-documentid=151917593

and another was prosecuted for not holding the steering wheel while rolling his car a few feet forward at less than walking speed to close the gap in in a queue of trafffic at the lights.

Human beings are supposed to have enough common sense not to be pedantic about a theoretical offence of not being in control if at the time there was not even the slightest chance of an accident of any kind whatsoever resulting from it.

Why is this idea important?

Repeal Road Traffic Act amendment introduced March 27 2007 under which one man was prosecuted for blowing his nose in a stationary car with the handbrake on

http://news.uk.msn.com/odd-news/articles.aspx?cp-documentid=151917593

and another was prosecuted for not holding the steering wheel while rolling his car a few feet forward at less than walking speed to close the gap in in a queue of trafffic at the lights.

Human beings are supposed to have enough common sense not to be pedantic about a theoretical offence of not being in control if at the time there was not even the slightest chance of an accident of any kind whatsoever resulting from it.

Review restrictions on prescription drugs

Some mild antibiotics such as Amoxicillin and Terramycin could be sold over the pharmacy counter without a prescription.

Other drugs which are taken long term (usually a lifetime) such as cholesterol and diabetes medication should be prescribed if requested on one year prescriptions rather than making the patient return for repeat prescriptions often because that is more profitable from the surgery, the pharmacy and the NHS.

Why is this idea important?

Some mild antibiotics such as Amoxicillin and Terramycin could be sold over the pharmacy counter without a prescription.

Other drugs which are taken long term (usually a lifetime) such as cholesterol and diabetes medication should be prescribed if requested on one year prescriptions rather than making the patient return for repeat prescriptions often because that is more profitable from the surgery, the pharmacy and the NHS.

Repeal seat belt and crash helmet laws

It would be sufficient to require people who opted to not wear seat belts and crash helmets to take out extra health insurance so that the NHS and Benefits system was not burdoned with any resulting costs.

Why is this idea important?

It would be sufficient to require people who opted to not wear seat belts and crash helmets to take out extra health insurance so that the NHS and Benefits system was not burdoned with any resulting costs.

Revise your plans to move the pension age.

The people you are making the excuses to about the 'ageing population', starting from those aged 59 now, should be entitled to pensions from 65 years old if they have already paid their 30 years of National Insurance contributions by their 65th birthday.

Only people who have not yet paid their full 30 years qualifying contributions should be asked to pay longer for their pensions but to actually move the pension date for those who have already paid for it should be illegal.

Why is this idea important?

The people you are making the excuses to about the 'ageing population', starting from those aged 59 now, should be entitled to pensions from 65 years old if they have already paid their 30 years of National Insurance contributions by their 65th birthday.

Only people who have not yet paid their full 30 years qualifying contributions should be asked to pay longer for their pensions but to actually move the pension date for those who have already paid for it should be illegal.

Remove restrictions on medicines

Review the list of types of medicine which are currently only available with a prescription.

Some commonly used mild antibiotics such as Amoxicillin and Terramycin could reasonably be bought directly from a pharmacy without prescription.

Other long term (lifetime) medications such as for diabetes could be automatically prescribed on request in prescriptions for a years supply rather than for patients needing to phone regularly for repeat prescriptions simply because doing it that way makes more money for the doctor, the pharmacy and the NHS through more prescription charges.

Why is this idea important?

Review the list of types of medicine which are currently only available with a prescription.

Some commonly used mild antibiotics such as Amoxicillin and Terramycin could reasonably be bought directly from a pharmacy without prescription.

Other long term (lifetime) medications such as for diabetes could be automatically prescribed on request in prescriptions for a years supply rather than for patients needing to phone regularly for repeat prescriptions simply because doing it that way makes more money for the doctor, the pharmacy and the NHS through more prescription charges.

Remove MP’s right to have other jobs

If an individual doesn't think that being an MP is important enough to give it his or her full attention then they should step aside in favour of someone who does.

MP's should also be required to attend all debates because they cannot make an informed decision about any arguments before Parliament unless they have actually heard the arguments.

Abstention should not be allowed.  Deciding our laws is what MP's are paid by the people to do so they should do it one way or the other.

Party alignment should be a collection of like minded individual representatives of their electors but all MP's should be free to vote with their conscience rather than with their party and all whips should be removed.

Why is this idea important?

If an individual doesn't think that being an MP is important enough to give it his or her full attention then they should step aside in favour of someone who does.

MP's should also be required to attend all debates because they cannot make an informed decision about any arguments before Parliament unless they have actually heard the arguments.

Abstention should not be allowed.  Deciding our laws is what MP's are paid by the people to do so they should do it one way or the other.

Party alignment should be a collection of like minded individual representatives of their electors but all MP's should be free to vote with their conscience rather than with their party and all whips should be removed.

Restrict divorce settlements

Restrict divorce settlements to half of the total amount accumulated during the marriage or responsibility for half of the debts accumulated.

Money or assets held by either party prior to the marriage should be excluded from the calculation.

Why is this idea important?

Restrict divorce settlements to half of the total amount accumulated during the marriage or responsibility for half of the debts accumulated.

Money or assets held by either party prior to the marriage should be excluded from the calculation.

Remove burglars protection

As things stand a persons ability to protect themself, their family and their property is severely hindered by the legal interpretation of 'necessarry force' so that, in order not to hurt an intruder too much, the intruder may be allowed to cause death, injury and property damage.

In any confrontation the intruder is at an advantage as the mere fact that they are an intruder confirms that they have no similar respect for rules or laws in deciding their response and in preparation for the crime they will have armed themselves as they think necessary in advance.

I believe that if a person breaks into another persons house then the householder should be entitled to use any and all means he thinks are necessary to protect himself, his family and his property but short of being allowed to inflict torture or other injuries after the intruder or intruders have been immobalised..

Why is this idea important?

As things stand a persons ability to protect themself, their family and their property is severely hindered by the legal interpretation of 'necessarry force' so that, in order not to hurt an intruder too much, the intruder may be allowed to cause death, injury and property damage.

In any confrontation the intruder is at an advantage as the mere fact that they are an intruder confirms that they have no similar respect for rules or laws in deciding their response and in preparation for the crime they will have armed themselves as they think necessary in advance.

I believe that if a person breaks into another persons house then the householder should be entitled to use any and all means he thinks are necessary to protect himself, his family and his property but short of being allowed to inflict torture or other injuries after the intruder or intruders have been immobalised..

Wheel Clamping on Private Land

Remove the law which allows wheel clamping by private wheel clampers on private land.  Replace it with a number drop on which people can report the illegal parking of any vehicle on their land with a photo of the offending vehicle so that the council or police can issue a fixed penalty notice by post.

Why is this idea important?

Remove the law which allows wheel clamping by private wheel clampers on private land.  Replace it with a number drop on which people can report the illegal parking of any vehicle on their land with a photo of the offending vehicle so that the council or police can issue a fixed penalty notice by post.

Give Expats who still pay UK tax their Family Allowance back

Until 2001 all UK taxpayers had their family allowace included in their tax code but then the Labour government decided that even though those people who's earning still arose in the UK, eg retirement pensions, savings, investments, property and those working from abroad via the internet should still pay the tax they would no longer get tax allowances.  Child benefit was also withdrawn from people living abroad and paying UK deductions.

The internet makes it possible for many people whos work is in the UK to do it from a terminal anywhere in the World.

As it is income tax all income arising in the UK is taxed in the UK.

But the law on allowances is based on where you live, not where the money comes from.

Many people are affected by this and many more will be if they work from a foreign desk or go to live abroad.

Why is this idea important?

Until 2001 all UK taxpayers had their family allowace included in their tax code but then the Labour government decided that even though those people who's earning still arose in the UK, eg retirement pensions, savings, investments, property and those working from abroad via the internet should still pay the tax they would no longer get tax allowances.  Child benefit was also withdrawn from people living abroad and paying UK deductions.

The internet makes it possible for many people whos work is in the UK to do it from a terminal anywhere in the World.

As it is income tax all income arising in the UK is taxed in the UK.

But the law on allowances is based on where you live, not where the money comes from.

Many people are affected by this and many more will be if they work from a foreign desk or go to live abroad.

Trespass and Squatters Rights

Take Trespass out of Civil Law and put it into Criminal Law so the police have to deal with it.

Remove any squatters rights and make the police remove any squatters after a complaint has been made against them unless they can provide documentary proof of their right or permission to be there.

Why is this idea important?

Take Trespass out of Civil Law and put it into Criminal Law so the police have to deal with it.

Remove any squatters rights and make the police remove any squatters after a complaint has been made against them unless they can provide documentary proof of their right or permission to be there.

Enforcement of County Court Judgements

When a court has made a judgement in favour of the plaintiff regarding either a debt or notice to quit a tenancy the defendant can ignore the judgement causing the plaintiff the furthes stress, delay and cost of returning to court to have the judgement enforced.

This also wastes the courts time by doing the same job twice before a bailiff can be sent to enforce the judgement.

A judgement should be enough and compliance should be enforced after a reasonable given time period without needing to return to the court.

Why is this idea important?

When a court has made a judgement in favour of the plaintiff regarding either a debt or notice to quit a tenancy the defendant can ignore the judgement causing the plaintiff the furthes stress, delay and cost of returning to court to have the judgement enforced.

This also wastes the courts time by doing the same job twice before a bailiff can be sent to enforce the judgement.

A judgement should be enough and compliance should be enforced after a reasonable given time period without needing to return to the court.