REPLACE NATIONAL INSURANCE WITH SOCIAL SECURITY TAX

The bureaucracy involved in maintaining records on 'contributors' for 40 years or more is expensive and unnecessary – particularly given the level of means testing.  NI has long ceased being an insurance – those who pay in most get the least; Jobseekers Allowance expires after just 13 weeks unless you have no money; should you have a full contribution record you get a 'full' old age pension, however if you don't have a full contribution record and have no savings, your pension is made up by income support which gives access to things like housing benefit and one can be better off than someone who has a full contribution record.

Let's be honest and classify it a TAX rather than a REVENUE RECEIPT.

Why is this idea important?

The bureaucracy involved in maintaining records on 'contributors' for 40 years or more is expensive and unnecessary – particularly given the level of means testing.  NI has long ceased being an insurance – those who pay in most get the least; Jobseekers Allowance expires after just 13 weeks unless you have no money; should you have a full contribution record you get a 'full' old age pension, however if you don't have a full contribution record and have no savings, your pension is made up by income support which gives access to things like housing benefit and one can be better off than someone who has a full contribution record.

Let's be honest and classify it a TAX rather than a REVENUE RECEIPT.

REPEAL LAWS AGAINST PORNOGRAPHY

Pornography is very much a personal view.  An old friend of mine used to say that the erotic ends where pubic hairs begin.  Our national galleries are full of nudes, nude studies.  Explicit and graphic depictions of consensual sex are probably preferable to the graphic depictions of violence we are assaulted with in war, horror and crime movies.

Why is this idea important?

Pornography is very much a personal view.  An old friend of mine used to say that the erotic ends where pubic hairs begin.  Our national galleries are full of nudes, nude studies.  Explicit and graphic depictions of consensual sex are probably preferable to the graphic depictions of violence we are assaulted with in war, horror and crime movies.

REPEAL LAWS AGAINST PROSTITUTION

Prostitution is an activity that has existed since 'civilisation' began.  It is clearly not amenable to laws against it, so much better to face reality and make the activity subject to the normal trading laws (misrepresentation, safety etc).

Why is this idea important?

Prostitution is an activity that has existed since 'civilisation' began.  It is clearly not amenable to laws against it, so much better to face reality and make the activity subject to the normal trading laws (misrepresentation, safety etc).