Require all media organisations to fund an audited system of oversight for their profession

The proposal is that any media organisation operating in the UK should fund and adhere to a system recording all the facts and sources used in the creation of their stories. A trusted third party would audit this and would have the power to heavily fine those not complying or abusing the system.  The system would be used amongst other things for cases currently dealt with by the ineffective Press Complaints Commission.

Why is this idea important?

The proposal is that any media organisation operating in the UK should fund and adhere to a system recording all the facts and sources used in the creation of their stories. A trusted third party would audit this and would have the power to heavily fine those not complying or abusing the system.  The system would be used amongst other things for cases currently dealt with by the ineffective Press Complaints Commission.

Remove the right of lawyers to advertise to reduce the claim culture

The Claims culture is having a costly and adverse effect on society and the way it behaves.  By removing the right of lawyers to advertise, the emphasis on "blame culture" will be re-aligned to allow for common sense and the admission that accidents do, in fact, happen.

Why is this idea important?

The Claims culture is having a costly and adverse effect on society and the way it behaves.  By removing the right of lawyers to advertise, the emphasis on "blame culture" will be re-aligned to allow for common sense and the admission that accidents do, in fact, happen.

Allow immigration based on what this country needs and not on the individuals applying

We cannot currently accurately identify bogus or economic migrants from those suffering from genuine persecution.  The proposal is to admit this regrettable fact and to instead ask what we as a nation need from those asking for entry.  If we require a number of manual labourers, doctors, IT specialists etc then we allow people in based on those quotas.  If people come with large sums of money then they will not require our support and would therefore be accepted on a long-term Visiting permit.  Those failing the requirement would be refused entry and any illegal immigrant regardless of colour, creed, or financial or skill status would be returned to their own country or another host country having forfeited their right to stay by breaking our law.

A half-way house would be to issue long-term residency to those being persecuted with no right of permanent residence whatever the circumstance – a reprieve from persecution but with the understanding that ultimately they must return and make the best of their own country.

Why is this idea important?

We cannot currently accurately identify bogus or economic migrants from those suffering from genuine persecution.  The proposal is to admit this regrettable fact and to instead ask what we as a nation need from those asking for entry.  If we require a number of manual labourers, doctors, IT specialists etc then we allow people in based on those quotas.  If people come with large sums of money then they will not require our support and would therefore be accepted on a long-term Visiting permit.  Those failing the requirement would be refused entry and any illegal immigrant regardless of colour, creed, or financial or skill status would be returned to their own country or another host country having forfeited their right to stay by breaking our law.

A half-way house would be to issue long-term residency to those being persecuted with no right of permanent residence whatever the circumstance – a reprieve from persecution but with the understanding that ultimately they must return and make the best of their own country.

Charge market rates for ALL Freedom of Information requests by the media

The idea is that all organisations or individuals with a commercial interest or who obtain commerial reward who submit Freedom of Information requests are charged for the work involved in gathering that information.  They would be asked to declare their position when submitting the request and pay a registration fee.  On completion, they would be billed for the work done to generate the information with the appropriate limits and quotes to minimise excessive charges.

Why is this idea important?

The idea is that all organisations or individuals with a commercial interest or who obtain commerial reward who submit Freedom of Information requests are charged for the work involved in gathering that information.  They would be asked to declare their position when submitting the request and pay a registration fee.  On completion, they would be billed for the work done to generate the information with the appropriate limits and quotes to minimise excessive charges.

Correct the HRA and Data Protection Act so data can be kept indefinitely but not used unless authorised

The headlines about Russian spies recently shows that enemies of this country and our freedoms exist and can (and are?) be among us now.  That these "sleepers" were embedded decades ago emphasises the great need for us to be thorough in keeping and maintaining the records needed to enable us to track these people down.  The same is true for the non-government enemies; the terrorists and single issue extremists.

However, we as citizens need to be comfortable that our Government is not abusing this information to further its own ends; it is disgraceful that Local Government is abusing legislation regulating the Intelligence Services for such trivialities as dog fouling and car parking offences.  This is unacceptable and demeans both the Public and the Intelligence agencies protecting us – it must be stopped immediately.

My proposals are: 

1)that local government is immediately forbidden from using HRA/RIPA/ISA legislation

2) that Intelligence and suitable law enforcement agencies  are able to keep any quantity of data collected legally for unlimited periods

3) that Intelligence and suitable law enforcement agencies can only use this data when expressly authorised to do so in an auditable way and ensuring that the data they have is accurate and used in a proportionate fashion.

The intention is to remove the feeling that we the Public are being spied on for trivial purposes but that the organisations we expressly authorise, warrant and control have access to every piece of data they need to keep us safe, without any additional bureaurocratic overhead other than recording every use of that data and a justification for why it is being used.

Why is this idea important?

The headlines about Russian spies recently shows that enemies of this country and our freedoms exist and can (and are?) be among us now.  That these "sleepers" were embedded decades ago emphasises the great need for us to be thorough in keeping and maintaining the records needed to enable us to track these people down.  The same is true for the non-government enemies; the terrorists and single issue extremists.

However, we as citizens need to be comfortable that our Government is not abusing this information to further its own ends; it is disgraceful that Local Government is abusing legislation regulating the Intelligence Services for such trivialities as dog fouling and car parking offences.  This is unacceptable and demeans both the Public and the Intelligence agencies protecting us – it must be stopped immediately.

My proposals are: 

1)that local government is immediately forbidden from using HRA/RIPA/ISA legislation

2) that Intelligence and suitable law enforcement agencies  are able to keep any quantity of data collected legally for unlimited periods

3) that Intelligence and suitable law enforcement agencies can only use this data when expressly authorised to do so in an auditable way and ensuring that the data they have is accurate and used in a proportionate fashion.

The intention is to remove the feeling that we the Public are being spied on for trivial purposes but that the organisations we expressly authorise, warrant and control have access to every piece of data they need to keep us safe, without any additional bureaurocratic overhead other than recording every use of that data and a justification for why it is being used.