Return of Corporal Punishment

The press is full of reports from ministers and MP's that prisons are overcrowded and we must come up with an idea to reduce numbers in jail.   I would strongly suggest that we return to the old idea of a method of corporal punishment for some offences particularly involving young persons who routinely appear before the courts on similar offences.

Why is this idea important?

The press is full of reports from ministers and MP's that prisons are overcrowded and we must come up with an idea to reduce numbers in jail.   I would strongly suggest that we return to the old idea of a method of corporal punishment for some offences particularly involving young persons who routinely appear before the courts on similar offences.

Human Rights Act – abolition

The HRA was introduced with the intention of enshrining the European Convention for Human Rights in UK law. However, this was always an unneccesary piece of legislation.
My proposal is that this Act of Parliament is repealed, with the intention of returning to the status quo. The ECHR is already actionable here in the UK and people who wish to take things to court in order to protect their human rights continue to have the power to do so – in Europe. It is an Act which is overwhelmingly misunderstood and misquoted, and is therefore imposed inappropriately. People continue to cite this legislation in the most minor of circumstances and the effects are long-reaching into all aspects of our lives.

Why is this idea important?

The HRA was introduced with the intention of enshrining the European Convention for Human Rights in UK law. However, this was always an unneccesary piece of legislation.
My proposal is that this Act of Parliament is repealed, with the intention of returning to the status quo. The ECHR is already actionable here in the UK and people who wish to take things to court in order to protect their human rights continue to have the power to do so – in Europe. It is an Act which is overwhelmingly misunderstood and misquoted, and is therefore imposed inappropriately. People continue to cite this legislation in the most minor of circumstances and the effects are long-reaching into all aspects of our lives.

controlled drugs

We GPs are now required to fill in an onerous 15 page form to be allowed to carry strong painkillers in our doctors bags. As a result the majority of GPs are opting not to have strong painkillers available for giving out to patients. They have to give out a script which delays matters and at weekends can cause long delays.

This has just been brought in and previously 29,999 GPs have not had any problem with carrying small amounts of controlled painkillers. Because one GP Dr Shipman was a killer the other 29,999 have been penalised and great barriers errected to our efficient working and the main people to suffer are the publlic. Please lighten up on the CD regulations and trust us as doctors!

Why is this idea important?

We GPs are now required to fill in an onerous 15 page form to be allowed to carry strong painkillers in our doctors bags. As a result the majority of GPs are opting not to have strong painkillers available for giving out to patients. They have to give out a script which delays matters and at weekends can cause long delays.

This has just been brought in and previously 29,999 GPs have not had any problem with carrying small amounts of controlled painkillers. Because one GP Dr Shipman was a killer the other 29,999 have been penalised and great barriers errected to our efficient working and the main people to suffer are the publlic. Please lighten up on the CD regulations and trust us as doctors!

Repeal of the human rights Act and replace with a UK specific bill of rights

Repalce the human rights act with a bill of rights or a UK constitution which specifically enshrines UK values / rights and not those dreamed up by continental Europe.

Why is this idea important?

Repalce the human rights act with a bill of rights or a UK constitution which specifically enshrines UK values / rights and not those dreamed up by continental Europe.

Driving Test Every Five Years

Everyone should be issued a driving licence that only lasts 5 years. When it needs to be renewed they should have to re sit their driving test. This would increase the driving standards dramatically and remove the people, currently on the road, that shouldn't be there. Driving is a privalage and not a right.

Why is this idea important?

Everyone should be issued a driving licence that only lasts 5 years. When it needs to be renewed they should have to re sit their driving test. This would increase the driving standards dramatically and remove the people, currently on the road, that shouldn't be there. Driving is a privalage and not a right.

Existing laws

There must be many thousands of laws now existing. Generally, individuals (including me) simply don't even know what they are so it is very difficult to say which ought to be removed. I suggest that in addition to the iniative launched today it would be very useful to have a range of small (unpaid) groups around the country with each one meeting for just one or two days to be briefed by an expert on a very limited and specific group of existing laws. The groups would be charged with recommending which laws, if any, ought to be changed or removed. The appropiate government department would then assess the practicality and desirability of the groups' proposals. The scheme could operate just like the jury sysem with individuals required to participate and, after expert guidance, discussing the issues without any external influence.

Why is this idea important?

There must be many thousands of laws now existing. Generally, individuals (including me) simply don't even know what they are so it is very difficult to say which ought to be removed. I suggest that in addition to the iniative launched today it would be very useful to have a range of small (unpaid) groups around the country with each one meeting for just one or two days to be briefed by an expert on a very limited and specific group of existing laws. The groups would be charged with recommending which laws, if any, ought to be changed or removed. The appropiate government department would then assess the practicality and desirability of the groups' proposals. The scheme could operate just like the jury sysem with individuals required to participate and, after expert guidance, discussing the issues without any external influence.

Housing Benefit to be paid direct to the Landlord

At some stage, someone came up with the ridiculous idea of paying Housing Benefit direct to the Tenant which gives them in some circumstances the power to pocket the cash and not pay the rent.

This needs to be reversed as I am tired of chasing Tenants for money that I know they have which they refuse to pay for one excuse or another.

I offer quality accommodation to people on Housing Benefit and as I am not a charity, it would be 'nice' to receive full payment direct into my bank account for the services that I offer.

Reverse the decision and simplify the process.

Why is this idea important?

At some stage, someone came up with the ridiculous idea of paying Housing Benefit direct to the Tenant which gives them in some circumstances the power to pocket the cash and not pay the rent.

This needs to be reversed as I am tired of chasing Tenants for money that I know they have which they refuse to pay for one excuse or another.

I offer quality accommodation to people on Housing Benefit and as I am not a charity, it would be 'nice' to receive full payment direct into my bank account for the services that I offer.

Reverse the decision and simplify the process.

NERC legislation

 

Section 67 of the Natural Environment & Rural Communities Act 2006 should be repealed on the grounds that it is a clumsy statute that has caused very unfair and unreasonable impacts to a significant part of the community, often creating absurd situations, rather than solving problems.  There has to be a better and fairer way of addressing the recording and sustainable use of our ancient highways.

Why is this idea important?

 

Section 67 of the Natural Environment & Rural Communities Act 2006 should be repealed on the grounds that it is a clumsy statute that has caused very unfair and unreasonable impacts to a significant part of the community, often creating absurd situations, rather than solving problems.  There has to be a better and fairer way of addressing the recording and sustainable use of our ancient highways.

The cost to society of stamp duty on property transactions

It is apparent to me that stamp duty has unintended side effects : 

An increase in the distance people commute, and theferefore an increase in pollution and carbon consumption.

An increase in stess and a decrease in the time people spend with their families as a result of commuting.

People change jobs more frequently than they used to, either forced or through choice.  Because of the more temporary nature of employment, it is often not worth selling and buying a new property due to the high sum paid in stamp duty.  The other alternative, to let one's property and to rent closer to your new job also has an unintended consequence : income tax is payable on the property you let.

In short, your mobility is taxed, either through stamp duty, or income tax on property income.

As a result I see many people staying in the same property, and choosing to commute long distances, instead of moving.

I understand that the government needs to raise taxes to pay for services, and that stamp duty no doubt raises a considerable sum.  I am suggesting however that the effects of stamp duty on workforce mobility be measured, and the possibility of moving the tax burden elsewhere be considered.

Why is this idea important?

It is apparent to me that stamp duty has unintended side effects : 

An increase in the distance people commute, and theferefore an increase in pollution and carbon consumption.

An increase in stess and a decrease in the time people spend with their families as a result of commuting.

People change jobs more frequently than they used to, either forced or through choice.  Because of the more temporary nature of employment, it is often not worth selling and buying a new property due to the high sum paid in stamp duty.  The other alternative, to let one's property and to rent closer to your new job also has an unintended consequence : income tax is payable on the property you let.

In short, your mobility is taxed, either through stamp duty, or income tax on property income.

As a result I see many people staying in the same property, and choosing to commute long distances, instead of moving.

I understand that the government needs to raise taxes to pay for services, and that stamp duty no doubt raises a considerable sum.  I am suggesting however that the effects of stamp duty on workforce mobility be measured, and the possibility of moving the tax burden elsewhere be considered.

Raise the motorway speed limit to 100mph on suitable areas where traffic volumes and road design makes this suitable

I would remove elements of the road traffic act restricting the speed on motorways to 70mph.   This might have been appropriate when we all drove Austin 1100s and suchlike but with modern vehicles with far better braking systems a limit of 100mph on the longer link motoways outside of the South East where of course congestion limits speeds to about 40mph would be far more appropriate.  This would help get the economy moving outside of the South East by getting people from A to B far quicker. 

Obvious places for this are the M1 north of Luton except around J23, the M4 west of Reading, the whole M6 except around Birmingham where the M6 toll road would be of higher speed to encourage more people to use it, the M5 in places, the whole M74, most of the M62 and parts of the M8 and M9.

Motorways in the southeast and those with known accident blackspots would have the 70mph or lower retained through signage.


 

Why is this idea important?

I would remove elements of the road traffic act restricting the speed on motorways to 70mph.   This might have been appropriate when we all drove Austin 1100s and suchlike but with modern vehicles with far better braking systems a limit of 100mph on the longer link motoways outside of the South East where of course congestion limits speeds to about 40mph would be far more appropriate.  This would help get the economy moving outside of the South East by getting people from A to B far quicker. 

Obvious places for this are the M1 north of Luton except around J23, the M4 west of Reading, the whole M6 except around Birmingham where the M6 toll road would be of higher speed to encourage more people to use it, the M5 in places, the whole M74, most of the M62 and parts of the M8 and M9.

Motorways in the southeast and those with known accident blackspots would have the 70mph or lower retained through signage.


 

MP’s voting rights

Remove the voting rights of MP's sitting in Westminster for votes which do not effect their constituencies.  Many parts of the UK have devolved Parliaments which cover many areas, ie the  Scottish Parliament deals with things such as health and education.  When Bills covering these areas fr England are voted on the Scottish MP's would NOT be allowed to vote.  Same applies to other areas and devolved Parliaments, ie Welsh Assembly and the Northern Ireland Assembly.

Why is this idea important?

Remove the voting rights of MP's sitting in Westminster for votes which do not effect their constituencies.  Many parts of the UK have devolved Parliaments which cover many areas, ie the  Scottish Parliament deals with things such as health and education.  When Bills covering these areas fr England are voted on the Scottish MP's would NOT be allowed to vote.  Same applies to other areas and devolved Parliaments, ie Welsh Assembly and the Northern Ireland Assembly.

Remove all speed limits on motorways

The current 70mph limit on our motorways is woefully outdated,
in the real world how many drivers actually abide by it?

I suggest a removal of the motorway speed limit, to be replaced by more charges of careless or dangerous driving.
Consider this,

Person A is driving on a motorway at 6am on clear dry Sunday morning,very few vehicles on the road.
They are travelling at 100mph.

Person B is driving on the same motorway in winter at a busy period,
weaving in and out of traffic at 70mph.

Who is more dangerous?

We need less arbitary rules and a move towards common sense allowing police to exercise their judgement.
 

Why is this idea important?

The current 70mph limit on our motorways is woefully outdated,
in the real world how many drivers actually abide by it?

I suggest a removal of the motorway speed limit, to be replaced by more charges of careless or dangerous driving.
Consider this,

Person A is driving on a motorway at 6am on clear dry Sunday morning,very few vehicles on the road.
They are travelling at 100mph.

Person B is driving on the same motorway in winter at a busy period,
weaving in and out of traffic at 70mph.

Who is more dangerous?

We need less arbitary rules and a move towards common sense allowing police to exercise their judgement.
 

MP’s voting rights

Remove the voting rights of MP's sitting in Westminster for votes which do not effect their constituencies.  Many parts of the UK have devolved Parliaments which cover many areas, ie the  Scottish Parliament deals with things such as health and education.  When Bills covering these areas fr England are voted on the Scottish MP's would NOT be allowed to vote.  Same applies to other areas and devolved Parliaments, ie Welsh Assembly and the Northern Ireland Assembly.

Why is this idea important?

Remove the voting rights of MP's sitting in Westminster for votes which do not effect their constituencies.  Many parts of the UK have devolved Parliaments which cover many areas, ie the  Scottish Parliament deals with things such as health and education.  When Bills covering these areas fr England are voted on the Scottish MP's would NOT be allowed to vote.  Same applies to other areas and devolved Parliaments, ie Welsh Assembly and the Northern Ireland Assembly.

Removal of speed camera signs without speed cameras

These are a complete waste of space and money. There are large chunks of the country with these signs and no cameras. If nothing else, it's false advertising!

Why is this idea important?

These are a complete waste of space and money. There are large chunks of the country with these signs and no cameras. If nothing else, it's false advertising!

Fre The People From The Monstrous Human Rights Act

Free Britain from the damaging Human Rights Act which had made a mockery of many legal cases, is abused by lawyers and is an insult to a Country which was never under scrutiny over its instincts of fairnes.

Why is this idea important?

Free Britain from the damaging Human Rights Act which had made a mockery of many legal cases, is abused by lawyers and is an insult to a Country which was never under scrutiny over its instincts of fairnes.

Legalise currently illegal drugs

All illegal drugs should be legalised and made available at specialised NHS drop in centres.

A large number of crimes are committed to fund drugs habbits, which uses a large amount of police time. Also, though it's the drugs that get people addicted, it's often what they are cut with that kills/damages addicts, costing the NHS millions of pounds.

Instead all drugs should be legalised and clean versions of them made available at NHS addiction clinics, where addicts can access them and also access all the counciling/addiction advice/rehabilitation on the same site. This will instantly remove all drug related crime and stop the black market in smuggling and dealing with drugs.

There should also be research into some of the less potent drugs (cannibis being the most obvious) as to whether it could be allowed socially  and treated as alcohol or tobacco are (similar to the system in Holland).

Why is this idea important?

All illegal drugs should be legalised and made available at specialised NHS drop in centres.

A large number of crimes are committed to fund drugs habbits, which uses a large amount of police time. Also, though it's the drugs that get people addicted, it's often what they are cut with that kills/damages addicts, costing the NHS millions of pounds.

Instead all drugs should be legalised and clean versions of them made available at NHS addiction clinics, where addicts can access them and also access all the counciling/addiction advice/rehabilitation on the same site. This will instantly remove all drug related crime and stop the black market in smuggling and dealing with drugs.

There should also be research into some of the less potent drugs (cannibis being the most obvious) as to whether it could be allowed socially  and treated as alcohol or tobacco are (similar to the system in Holland).

Replace Dangerous Dog Act With Dog Ownership Test

Replace the flawed and outdated 1991 Dangerous Dogs Act with a national, compulsory dog ownership scheme, designed to raise standards of dog ownership and animal welfare, reduce the number of deaths and serious injuries as a result of dog attack and to rid the tax payer of the heavy burden of having to pay for irresponsible dog ownership.

Why is this idea important?

Replace the flawed and outdated 1991 Dangerous Dogs Act with a national, compulsory dog ownership scheme, designed to raise standards of dog ownership and animal welfare, reduce the number of deaths and serious injuries as a result of dog attack and to rid the tax payer of the heavy burden of having to pay for irresponsible dog ownership.