Income Tax Threshold Levels

No one earning less than half the median wage should pay income tax.

Those earning between half the median and twice the median should pay standard rate tax.

Those earning twice the median and more should pay higher rate tax.

Why is this idea important?

No one earning less than half the median wage should pay income tax.

Those earning between half the median and twice the median should pay standard rate tax.

Those earning twice the median and more should pay higher rate tax.

Subtitled Foreign Films on Digital TV

Sorry if this in the wrong area but there's nowhere else to put it.

 

I'd like to see a Digital TV Channel set aside for foreign language films.  If we can do it auction channels and porn I'm sure we can do it for culture.

Why is this idea important?

Sorry if this in the wrong area but there's nowhere else to put it.

 

I'd like to see a Digital TV Channel set aside for foreign language films.  If we can do it auction channels and porn I'm sure we can do it for culture.

Abolish ‘Commercial in Confidence’

All public accounts should be open to scrutiny by the public.

At the moment a lot of public expenditure is hidden by 'Commercial in Confidence' clauses imposed by the private sector companies hired to deliver public services.

This is done to precvent the public knowing where their money is actually going.

Why is this idea important?

All public accounts should be open to scrutiny by the public.

At the moment a lot of public expenditure is hidden by 'Commercial in Confidence' clauses imposed by the private sector companies hired to deliver public services.

This is done to precvent the public knowing where their money is actually going.

Rush Hour Rail Fares – Reduction

At the moment travelling by train during the rush hour, when most people are going to work, is the most expensive time of the day to travel.  Fares reduce once the rush hour is over and yet the journeys taken in off-peak are far more pleasant and enjoyable as people have more room.

My idea is to reverse this, to make the less pleasant, busiest and yet economically most important journeys the cheapest to take, whilst those trips that people take for purely pleasure more expensive if necessary.

At the moment there is a kind of economic discrimination against those of us who go to work during the rush hour while the ladies (and gents) of leisure have their fares subsidised by the rest of us

Why is this idea important?

At the moment travelling by train during the rush hour, when most people are going to work, is the most expensive time of the day to travel.  Fares reduce once the rush hour is over and yet the journeys taken in off-peak are far more pleasant and enjoyable as people have more room.

My idea is to reverse this, to make the less pleasant, busiest and yet economically most important journeys the cheapest to take, whilst those trips that people take for purely pleasure more expensive if necessary.

At the moment there is a kind of economic discrimination against those of us who go to work during the rush hour while the ladies (and gents) of leisure have their fares subsidised by the rest of us

Abolish Capitalism

Money never seems to bring happiness so let's forget about chasing more of it and spending it on stuff we don't need and only throw away eventually anyway.

There must be something better than this.

Why is this idea important?

Money never seems to bring happiness so let's forget about chasing more of it and spending it on stuff we don't need and only throw away eventually anyway.

There must be something better than this.

People’s Day in Parliament.

One day each year, possibly during one of  the many and lengthy Parliamentary recesses, Parliament is handed back to the people to debate a topic from this site with the possibility of legislative changes.

 

The way it could work is that  either a topic is selected by random or by a pre-determined method, the originator of the topic and contributors to the thread are invited to Parliament to speak for or against the idea.

Other people can attend and vote.

At the end of the day, if approved by the people the motion becomes law.

Why is this idea important?

One day each year, possibly during one of  the many and lengthy Parliamentary recesses, Parliament is handed back to the people to debate a topic from this site with the possibility of legislative changes.

 

The way it could work is that  either a topic is selected by random or by a pre-determined method, the originator of the topic and contributors to the thread are invited to Parliament to speak for or against the idea.

Other people can attend and vote.

At the end of the day, if approved by the people the motion becomes law.

MP Sponsorship and Corporate Logos

Most of our larger companies, and a lot of smaller ones too, spend a great deal of money ensuring that they have a friendly voice in Parliament looking out for their interests.

However, it is clear that the sponsorship of MPs is currently not gaining these companies the publicity they deserve,.

I suggest that MP's wear the logos of the companies that pay them just like Formula 1 drivers do.

Why is this idea important?

Most of our larger companies, and a lot of smaller ones too, spend a great deal of money ensuring that they have a friendly voice in Parliament looking out for their interests.

However, it is clear that the sponsorship of MPs is currently not gaining these companies the publicity they deserve,.

I suggest that MP's wear the logos of the companies that pay them just like Formula 1 drivers do.

Reopen Spending Challenge

The Spending Challenge site worked for a while but now the login has been de-activated which means the public cannot see each others ideas.

 

This must mean you get a lot of repeat ideas, some spammed through deliberate campaigns, some genuine.

Why is this idea important?

The Spending Challenge site worked for a while but now the login has been de-activated which means the public cannot see each others ideas.

 

This must mean you get a lot of repeat ideas, some spammed through deliberate campaigns, some genuine.

Abolish the 30 Year Rule

I think people should know the history of their own country as it happens and not 30 years after the event.

 

I know some amendments to this were made recently but far too much of what is done in our name is kept secret for too long.  The 30 year rule can of course be extended so some documents, for instance those dealing with high ranking Nazi sympthizers in British society in the 1930's, are still classified.

Why is this idea important?

I think people should know the history of their own country as it happens and not 30 years after the event.

 

I know some amendments to this were made recently but far too much of what is done in our name is kept secret for too long.  The 30 year rule can of course be extended so some documents, for instance those dealing with high ranking Nazi sympthizers in British society in the 1930's, are still classified.

Chuggers (Charity Muggers)

Any chance we can get the chuggers off the streets.  I have to run a gaultlet of them every morning to get to work and then they try to get me again on the way home. 

 

I do not object to normal charity collection and I even sometimes give when I'm not broke but the constant harrassment by artificially cheerful drama students earning commission is bringing to light worrying levels of anti-social undercurrent.

Why is this idea important?

Any chance we can get the chuggers off the streets.  I have to run a gaultlet of them every morning to get to work and then they try to get me again on the way home. 

 

I do not object to normal charity collection and I even sometimes give when I'm not broke but the constant harrassment by artificially cheerful drama students earning commission is bringing to light worrying levels of anti-social undercurrent.

Abolish the Metropolitan Police

The Metropolitan Police has become a self serving gang of thugs.  Their agenda is overtly political.  They protect their own through the practice of omerta, the code of silence they have copied from the mafia.  The Met is frankly to big to be answerable to anyone and should be abolished and replaced by smaller, borough based forces answerable to the Borough Councils.

Why is this idea important?

The Metropolitan Police has become a self serving gang of thugs.  Their agenda is overtly political.  They protect their own through the practice of omerta, the code of silence they have copied from the mafia.  The Met is frankly to big to be answerable to anyone and should be abolished and replaced by smaller, borough based forces answerable to the Borough Councils.

Enable Criticism of Religions and Cults

At the moment a Welsh councillor John Dixon is being hauled before a disciplinary hearing for tweeting that he thought Scientology was stupid.

Irrespective of the accuracy of his opinion (he happens he be right Scientology is Stupid) he, and everyone else, should be entitled to express an opinion honestly held and no self proclaimed religion or cult, or in the case of Scientology, marketing scam, should be able to prevent them or take action against them.

Why is this idea important?

At the moment a Welsh councillor John Dixon is being hauled before a disciplinary hearing for tweeting that he thought Scientology was stupid.

Irrespective of the accuracy of his opinion (he happens he be right Scientology is Stupid) he, and everyone else, should be entitled to express an opinion honestly held and no self proclaimed religion or cult, or in the case of Scientology, marketing scam, should be able to prevent them or take action against them.

Changes to the way Parliament is Elected (RPA)

Participation in our democratic processes has been declining for decades.  The most obvious sign of this is the low turnout at elections, but the low participation in the whole process, from attendances at public meetings to membership of politicval organisations to people standing as candidates, is also a cause for concern.

The question is why are people not engaged when clearly they have concerns.  I think the answer is two-fold.

1.  People do not thinking they can change anything (i.e. their vote does not count).

2. People think that it does not matter to them who represents them as 'they are all the same',.

I seek to address the first point.

Most of us live in safe seats where the result of an election is known in advance.  Here the argument that an individual vote does not matter is valid.  The way to get round this is through a form of proportional representation where each vote really matters.

I would suggest that the next Parliament is elected using the d'Hondt method currently used for the Eurpean elections as people as familiar with it. However I would like to see one small change to this system.

At the moment the parties list their candidates in order.  What I would like to see is a seperate ballot paper where the electors can also vote for up to the number of candidates that there are seats available.  The order within the parties will therefore be determined by the voters.

This would enable a voter to express their disapproval of the behaviour or views of a candidate without having to vote against the party they support.  It would also enable all voters to express their views on who should be the representatives of all parties.

Why is this idea important?

Participation in our democratic processes has been declining for decades.  The most obvious sign of this is the low turnout at elections, but the low participation in the whole process, from attendances at public meetings to membership of politicval organisations to people standing as candidates, is also a cause for concern.

The question is why are people not engaged when clearly they have concerns.  I think the answer is two-fold.

1.  People do not thinking they can change anything (i.e. their vote does not count).

2. People think that it does not matter to them who represents them as 'they are all the same',.

I seek to address the first point.

Most of us live in safe seats where the result of an election is known in advance.  Here the argument that an individual vote does not matter is valid.  The way to get round this is through a form of proportional representation where each vote really matters.

I would suggest that the next Parliament is elected using the d'Hondt method currently used for the Eurpean elections as people as familiar with it. However I would like to see one small change to this system.

At the moment the parties list their candidates in order.  What I would like to see is a seperate ballot paper where the electors can also vote for up to the number of candidates that there are seats available.  The order within the parties will therefore be determined by the voters.

This would enable a voter to express their disapproval of the behaviour or views of a candidate without having to vote against the party they support.  It would also enable all voters to express their views on who should be the representatives of all parties.

Christmas in December

All shops and other public spaces should be prevented from imposing Christmas on us until December 1st.

This would mean no garish displays of lights, tinsel or muzak playing Christmas songs until that date.

Why is this idea important?

All shops and other public spaces should be prevented from imposing Christmas on us until December 1st.

This would mean no garish displays of lights, tinsel or muzak playing Christmas songs until that date.