Self Defence: Legalise non lethal offensive weapons.

Under current legislation it is illegal to own and carry weapons such as pepper spray, pepper spray projectiles, and stun batons. The proposal here put forward requests the legalisation of such devices.

The current restrictions on such matters makes it difficult for law abiding citizens to protect themselves and their loved ones from harm at the hands of those who hold no such respect for the law. Knives and other lethal weapons are illegal for citizens to own and carry, and yet in recent years this has not prevented blade-related crime, stabbings, and deaths caused by such weapons.

Current self defence legislation puts law abiding citizens in a rather helpless position: the law prevents them from carrying anything which may be classed as an offensive weapon, even if its only intent is for defensive purposes, and yet the only thing this accomplishes is to put the advantage in the hands of criminals who have the means at their disposal to thwart and avoid such regulations. Despite their best efforts, it is simply not possible or realistic to expect law enforcement agencies to completely eradicate this problem.

Legalise the right to own and bear non lethal weapons for personal use in threatening situations, such as

  1. Pepper spray canisters.
  2. Low potency stun batons and related devices.
  3. Possibly projectile based weapons armed with non lethal ammunition, i.e pepper spray projectiles.

Why is this idea important?

Under current legislation it is illegal to own and carry weapons such as pepper spray, pepper spray projectiles, and stun batons. The proposal here put forward requests the legalisation of such devices.

The current restrictions on such matters makes it difficult for law abiding citizens to protect themselves and their loved ones from harm at the hands of those who hold no such respect for the law. Knives and other lethal weapons are illegal for citizens to own and carry, and yet in recent years this has not prevented blade-related crime, stabbings, and deaths caused by such weapons.

Current self defence legislation puts law abiding citizens in a rather helpless position: the law prevents them from carrying anything which may be classed as an offensive weapon, even if its only intent is for defensive purposes, and yet the only thing this accomplishes is to put the advantage in the hands of criminals who have the means at their disposal to thwart and avoid such regulations. Despite their best efforts, it is simply not possible or realistic to expect law enforcement agencies to completely eradicate this problem.

Legalise the right to own and bear non lethal weapons for personal use in threatening situations, such as

  1. Pepper spray canisters.
  2. Low potency stun batons and related devices.
  3. Possibly projectile based weapons armed with non lethal ammunition, i.e pepper spray projectiles.

National Service

Whilst I know this would upset a lot of mothers ( I am a mother myself) I feel that National service should be brought back. There are so few opportunities for children when they leave school and whilst some go on to further education and some do find gainful employment there is a vast majority who don't. Not everyone is academically able but it doesn't mean they are stupid they just have a different skill set. 

I feel if after 6 months or 1 yr of leaving school they haven't secured a place in college or found employment then they should join the army where they can have a trade and some direction. We have too few skilled workers in the UK. They could be based in the UK learning a trade and helping communities. The forces have many trades its not just shooting a gun, engineer, mechanic, telecommunications, chef, administration, driver, logistics. We need to give our youth some direction and get them off the streets and make the people of UK proud to be British

Why is this idea important?

Whilst I know this would upset a lot of mothers ( I am a mother myself) I feel that National service should be brought back. There are so few opportunities for children when they leave school and whilst some go on to further education and some do find gainful employment there is a vast majority who don't. Not everyone is academically able but it doesn't mean they are stupid they just have a different skill set. 

I feel if after 6 months or 1 yr of leaving school they haven't secured a place in college or found employment then they should join the army where they can have a trade and some direction. We have too few skilled workers in the UK. They could be based in the UK learning a trade and helping communities. The forces have many trades its not just shooting a gun, engineer, mechanic, telecommunications, chef, administration, driver, logistics. We need to give our youth some direction and get them off the streets and make the people of UK proud to be British

Abolish Software Patents

Software patent law must be simplified if not completely abolished. The concept that a routine or function is somehow "intellectual property" is ridiculous. How many times have you had an idea and found out someone else had the same idea? Patents were designed to prevent stealing of ideas but two independent people creating the same idea are not stealing from each other.

Why is this idea important?

Software patent law must be simplified if not completely abolished. The concept that a routine or function is somehow "intellectual property" is ridiculous. How many times have you had an idea and found out someone else had the same idea? Patents were designed to prevent stealing of ideas but two independent people creating the same idea are not stealing from each other.

Abolish Sunday trading restrictions

Sunday trading laws, as currently established in the Sunday Trading Act 1994, restrict the right of traders to operate on Sunday within England and Wales.

Currently, shops may open for business, as they and their customers wish, at any other time of the week.  But on Sunday, shops larger than 280m² may only open for up to six hours between 10am and 6pm.

In Scotland, Sunday trading is fully deregulated and shops may open to serve customers who wish to shop whenever they choose.

Workers' rights to a weekly rest period are enshrined in the EU Working Time Directive.  The rights of workers who prefer not to work on a Sunday in Scotland are protected by the Sunday Working (Scotland) Act 2003, and in England and Wales by the Sunday Trading Act 1994.  These rights should be retained.

Why is this idea important?

Sunday trading laws, as currently established in the Sunday Trading Act 1994, restrict the right of traders to operate on Sunday within England and Wales.

Currently, shops may open for business, as they and their customers wish, at any other time of the week.  But on Sunday, shops larger than 280m² may only open for up to six hours between 10am and 6pm.

In Scotland, Sunday trading is fully deregulated and shops may open to serve customers who wish to shop whenever they choose.

Workers' rights to a weekly rest period are enshrined in the EU Working Time Directive.  The rights of workers who prefer not to work on a Sunday in Scotland are protected by the Sunday Working (Scotland) Act 2003, and in England and Wales by the Sunday Trading Act 1994.  These rights should be retained.

Photography in Public Places

A recent law means the police can stop photographers and question them about why they are taking pictures as a means to prevent terrorism. This law is meant for use in areas which could be targeted by terrorists (unmarked to the public), for example The Houses of Parliament in London.

Police officers are illadvised about this law and frequently exceed the requirements of this law by confiscating cameras and threatening arrest of innocent photographers and members of the public. The police are seemingly beginning to believe that we are not allowed to take pictures in public, and also seem to use this as an excuse for heavy handed policing and state control.

This law needs to be addressed.

For example, see this article where the police claim they don't even need a law to stop people taking pictures- 

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Why is this idea important?

A recent law means the police can stop photographers and question them about why they are taking pictures as a means to prevent terrorism. This law is meant for use in areas which could be targeted by terrorists (unmarked to the public), for example The Houses of Parliament in London.

Police officers are illadvised about this law and frequently exceed the requirements of this law by confiscating cameras and threatening arrest of innocent photographers and members of the public. The police are seemingly beginning to believe that we are not allowed to take pictures in public, and also seem to use this as an excuse for heavy handed policing and state control.

This law needs to be addressed.

For example, see this article where the police claim they don't even need a law to stop people taking pictures- 

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The right to reverse engineer “abandonware”

There is a large amount of software for older machines which could be of great use. The company behind it has either gone under or abandoned the software completely (so called "abandonware")

With changes in operating system versions, the software no longer operates but current UK laws make it illegal to reverse engineer the software and bring it back to life.

I am not for one second advocating current software be applied to this or that the ownership of the software change from the original author to the person who reverse engineers and keeps the software running.

Why is this idea important?

There is a large amount of software for older machines which could be of great use. The company behind it has either gone under or abandoned the software completely (so called "abandonware")

With changes in operating system versions, the software no longer operates but current UK laws make it illegal to reverse engineer the software and bring it back to life.

I am not for one second advocating current software be applied to this or that the ownership of the software change from the original author to the person who reverse engineers and keeps the software running.

Civil Partnership Act 2004

This Act should be repealed and replaced with legislation that allows any two people who have reached the age of majority and who are economically co-dependant – such as two elderly sisters who share the house which they hvae shared for the entire lives – to enjoy the same economic and legal benefits preserntly only enjoyed by married couples and those who have entered civil partnerships under the present Act.

Why is this idea important?

This Act should be repealed and replaced with legislation that allows any two people who have reached the age of majority and who are economically co-dependant – such as two elderly sisters who share the house which they hvae shared for the entire lives – to enjoy the same economic and legal benefits preserntly only enjoyed by married couples and those who have entered civil partnerships under the present Act.

Decriminalise Cannabis along the same lines as the Netherlands

The arguments are well worn, but to me it boils down to:

Cannabis is not so harmful, that it is reasonable to impose the kind of legal penalties on it that currently exist in the UK

The BBC summarise the key points here ( http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/693257.stm )

Why is this idea important?

The arguments are well worn, but to me it boils down to:

Cannabis is not so harmful, that it is reasonable to impose the kind of legal penalties on it that currently exist in the UK

The BBC summarise the key points here ( http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/693257.stm )

End IR35 immediately

IR35 was introduced to stop tax evasion and raise £300 million.  It did neither and just made it much more difficult for small business owners.  Many independent contractors have been caught up in expensive measures to demonstrate that they are not nor have any intention to be employees of the companies to whom they supply services.  They do not receive any of the benefits of being employees (holidays, sickness, benefits, pensions, training, expenses, etc,).

In addition, many badly worded confusing, often contradictory and regularly changed "questions" were put into PAYE and personal tax returns. 

Simply repeal IR35 and all references to service companies.  By all means make sure everyone pays the correct amount of tax, but  end this failed law.

Why is this idea important?

IR35 was introduced to stop tax evasion and raise £300 million.  It did neither and just made it much more difficult for small business owners.  Many independent contractors have been caught up in expensive measures to demonstrate that they are not nor have any intention to be employees of the companies to whom they supply services.  They do not receive any of the benefits of being employees (holidays, sickness, benefits, pensions, training, expenses, etc,).

In addition, many badly worded confusing, often contradictory and regularly changed "questions" were put into PAYE and personal tax returns. 

Simply repeal IR35 and all references to service companies.  By all means make sure everyone pays the correct amount of tax, but  end this failed law.

Review Speeding Laws

Speeding (over 70mph) on motorways should be OK if traffic conditions allow – clear road and good conditions, under 85mph should be acceptable, for example.

Speeding (over 30mph) in residential areas should be made stricter with double fines/points around schools (as in America).

All money raised from speeding fines should be ploughed back into the road system.

Police/councils should NOT have to justify speed traps/cameras.

Why is this idea important?

Speeding (over 70mph) on motorways should be OK if traffic conditions allow – clear road and good conditions, under 85mph should be acceptable, for example.

Speeding (over 30mph) in residential areas should be made stricter with double fines/points around schools (as in America).

All money raised from speeding fines should be ploughed back into the road system.

Police/councils should NOT have to justify speed traps/cameras.

Repeal Section 44 (Terrorism Act 2000)

Section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000 gives wide-ranging stop-and-search powers to the Police without requiring prior reason, these are used frequently to stop photographers, campers, members of parliament, cricketers and BBC staff from undertaking their normal day-to-day activities:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terrorism_Act_2000#Section_44_powers_.28stop_and_search.29
 

Why is this idea important?

Section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000 gives wide-ranging stop-and-search powers to the Police without requiring prior reason, these are used frequently to stop photographers, campers, members of parliament, cricketers and BBC staff from undertaking their normal day-to-day activities:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terrorism_Act_2000#Section_44_powers_.28stop_and_search.29
 

Section 48 restrictions on non-English landlords

A residential landlord should be permitted to give an address for service anywhere in the United Kingdom, not just in England and Wales (Section 48 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1987, and various places in the Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Act 2002)

Why is this idea important?

A residential landlord should be permitted to give an address for service anywhere in the United Kingdom, not just in England and Wales (Section 48 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1987, and various places in the Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Act 2002)

Stop persecuting Christians

To repeal the laws passed by the last governemnt which mean that Christians are losing their jobs ( e.g. as registrars), or threatened with civil cases ( e.g. providers of bed and breakfast) , for acting on their belief that homosexuality is a sin which they do not want to help promote.

Why is this idea important?

To repeal the laws passed by the last governemnt which mean that Christians are losing their jobs ( e.g. as registrars), or threatened with civil cases ( e.g. providers of bed and breakfast) , for acting on their belief that homosexuality is a sin which they do not want to help promote.