Review Employment Law to Scale Burden According to Size of Business

Employment law should be simplified and its burdens, both practical and complance cost related, should be eased for small companies.

Businesses employing less than 50 employees should not be subject to the same onerous and costly rules which apply to those with hundreds of employees and access to armies of employment law specialists.

Ideally, compliance derogations should exist on a sliding scale, according to the number of employees in an enterprise.

Why is this idea important?

Employment law should be simplified and its burdens, both practical and complance cost related, should be eased for small companies.

Businesses employing less than 50 employees should not be subject to the same onerous and costly rules which apply to those with hundreds of employees and access to armies of employment law specialists.

Ideally, compliance derogations should exist on a sliding scale, according to the number of employees in an enterprise.

Restore the concept of an accident

Accidents happen! Someone does not have to be guilty of letting them do so.

People should be allowed to take risks if they wish and no one else need neccessarily be responsible.

Self reliance and a sense of responsibility should be taught in school. Legislation should take account of that fact.

Health and safety legislation in particular should be reviewed to ensure that a reasonable balance is restored and that ludicrous claims for injury by spilling hot coffee or the like cannot be made in future. School trips should be able to be made without fear that if anything at all goes wrong there will be so much aggravation that the teachers and helpers have a strong disincentive to support the venture.

You should not need to have insurance which cannot be afforded to run a school fete or a cheese rolling event.

Why is this idea important?

Accidents happen! Someone does not have to be guilty of letting them do so.

People should be allowed to take risks if they wish and no one else need neccessarily be responsible.

Self reliance and a sense of responsibility should be taught in school. Legislation should take account of that fact.

Health and safety legislation in particular should be reviewed to ensure that a reasonable balance is restored and that ludicrous claims for injury by spilling hot coffee or the like cannot be made in future. School trips should be able to be made without fear that if anything at all goes wrong there will be so much aggravation that the teachers and helpers have a strong disincentive to support the venture.

You should not need to have insurance which cannot be afforded to run a school fete or a cheese rolling event.

Stop local authorities from spending money on dangerous and/or wasteful ‘traffic calming’

Local authorities should not be spending ratepayers' money on wasteful 'traffic calming' schemes.

In particular, chicanes which force motorists to 'play chicken' with vehicles coming towards them should be banned.

Chicanes which force cylclists into the path of other vehicles should also be banned, as should any schemes which are at risk of causing accidents in snow, fog or other bad weather.

Road humps should be banned. These cause damage to vehicles, people's backs and the environment, the latter because they increase vehicle maintenance requirements, road repairs, and they cause rapid slowing down and speeding up which is the worst way of driving economically.

 

Why is this idea important?

Local authorities should not be spending ratepayers' money on wasteful 'traffic calming' schemes.

In particular, chicanes which force motorists to 'play chicken' with vehicles coming towards them should be banned.

Chicanes which force cylclists into the path of other vehicles should also be banned, as should any schemes which are at risk of causing accidents in snow, fog or other bad weather.

Road humps should be banned. These cause damage to vehicles, people's backs and the environment, the latter because they increase vehicle maintenance requirements, road repairs, and they cause rapid slowing down and speeding up which is the worst way of driving economically.

 

Motorway speed limits – review and increase or eliminate altogether.

The maximum motorway speed limit in the UK is set at an unrealistically low level, given the advances in technology of modern vehicles in respect of speed and safety.

The limit should ideally be removed altogether as in Germany but, if that is too much of a step to take in one go, at least it should be increased to 85 MPH, which would approximate with that which applies in France.

It goes without saying that a) vehicles should be driven at a speed which takes account of the prevailing conditions, which may mean that it is appropriate to drive at a lower speed than the limit, just as at present, and b) motorway sections which are regularly congested may be subject to lower temporary  or permanent limits, as at present.

Why is this idea important?

The maximum motorway speed limit in the UK is set at an unrealistically low level, given the advances in technology of modern vehicles in respect of speed and safety.

The limit should ideally be removed altogether as in Germany but, if that is too much of a step to take in one go, at least it should be increased to 85 MPH, which would approximate with that which applies in France.

It goes without saying that a) vehicles should be driven at a speed which takes account of the prevailing conditions, which may mean that it is appropriate to drive at a lower speed than the limit, just as at present, and b) motorway sections which are regularly congested may be subject to lower temporary  or permanent limits, as at present.

Restoration of presumtion of innocence, common sense, discretion and proportionality

The presumption of innocence should be restored as a fundamental plank of British justice. There has been an alarming trend in recent years for this to be eroded. We increasingly see regulations and law being introduced which create absolute offences where someone is going to be found guilty because they cannot prove their innocence. There should be substantial proof of guilt before anyone is charged or fined for an offence. For the most part, such cases are currently relatively minor (but potentially important for those involved) ones, but there does seem to be an increasing tendency for the presumption of innocence to be lost or effectively set aside for more serious offences.

Common sense, discretion and proportionality should be restored to the criminal justice system. Policemen and magistrates particularly should be encouraged to stop adopting a tick-box approach to justice, and should use their common sense to ensure fairness fo treatment in the light of the specific circumstances instread of being hamstrung by unbending rules.   

 

Why is this idea important?

The presumption of innocence should be restored as a fundamental plank of British justice. There has been an alarming trend in recent years for this to be eroded. We increasingly see regulations and law being introduced which create absolute offences where someone is going to be found guilty because they cannot prove their innocence. There should be substantial proof of guilt before anyone is charged or fined for an offence. For the most part, such cases are currently relatively minor (but potentially important for those involved) ones, but there does seem to be an increasing tendency for the presumption of innocence to be lost or effectively set aside for more serious offences.

Common sense, discretion and proportionality should be restored to the criminal justice system. Policemen and magistrates particularly should be encouraged to stop adopting a tick-box approach to justice, and should use their common sense to ensure fairness fo treatment in the light of the specific circumstances instread of being hamstrung by unbending rules.   

 

Withdraw from unfair extradition treaties

Withdraw from extradition treaties with the USA. Current arrangements are demonstrably and grossly biased in favour of the US. The treatment of the 'NatWest Three' underlines the point. UK citizens should always be fairly treated. 

Withdraw from the EU arrest warrant scheme until such time as proper arrangements have been put in place to ensure that British citizens are not at risk of being arrested abroad as a consequence of mistaken identity, and we are satisfied that there is no risk of miscarriages of justice in respect of those who may be arrested under these warrants.

 

Why is this idea important?

Withdraw from extradition treaties with the USA. Current arrangements are demonstrably and grossly biased in favour of the US. The treatment of the 'NatWest Three' underlines the point. UK citizens should always be fairly treated. 

Withdraw from the EU arrest warrant scheme until such time as proper arrangements have been put in place to ensure that British citizens are not at risk of being arrested abroad as a consequence of mistaken identity, and we are satisfied that there is no risk of miscarriages of justice in respect of those who may be arrested under these warrants.