Bring back darkness at night and limit the use of council orange-glow street lighting

There is too much night light now. The old fashioned lamps were good enough and did not shine through window curtains keeping people awake. They are hideous, too tall and better on motorways and busy 24 hour traffic roads. Bring back the old, graceful lamp lights. The present ones use too much electricity, kill trees, which need to emit carbon and take in oxygen. This doesnt help with the global warning problem. Also, what about the trees and the wild birds? The big beautiful tree near me which has a new lamp under its branches, is dying. There are a few big lamps around where I live. They shine in my windows forcing me to wear an eye mask at night and other people I know have said that they shine in their windows and, unless they use something like a war blackout curtain cant keep the glaring light out! Is this really necessary? How wonderful it was for me to stay by a truly remote Cornish beach earlier in the year and open my window at night upon TRUE darkness again!! Let night BE night as it was once. There is too much artificial light everywhere now, especially in the cities. 24 hour lighting is not Eco – friendly.

Why is this idea important?

There is too much night light now. The old fashioned lamps were good enough and did not shine through window curtains keeping people awake. They are hideous, too tall and better on motorways and busy 24 hour traffic roads. Bring back the old, graceful lamp lights. The present ones use too much electricity, kill trees, which need to emit carbon and take in oxygen. This doesnt help with the global warning problem. Also, what about the trees and the wild birds? The big beautiful tree near me which has a new lamp under its branches, is dying. There are a few big lamps around where I live. They shine in my windows forcing me to wear an eye mask at night and other people I know have said that they shine in their windows and, unless they use something like a war blackout curtain cant keep the glaring light out! Is this really necessary? How wonderful it was for me to stay by a truly remote Cornish beach earlier in the year and open my window at night upon TRUE darkness again!! Let night BE night as it was once. There is too much artificial light everywhere now, especially in the cities. 24 hour lighting is not Eco – friendly.

End Cannabis prohibition

The argument for the legalisation of cannabis has been repeated ad nauseum on this site, i dont believe i am even required to adumbrate the vast plethora of favourable evidence weighted behind my title. Conversely, i am yet to see any reputable counter points made. If the current government will insist on the continued criminalisation of a huge number of inoccent tax paying UK citizens it should at least engage in open, informed debate on the subject, preferably in a public forum allowing for expert input. It would be a huge step forward to accept informed logic and discourse as opposed to the histerical pseudo journalistic rantings of the fascist soft porn comic tabloid press. 

Why is this idea important?

The argument for the legalisation of cannabis has been repeated ad nauseum on this site, i dont believe i am even required to adumbrate the vast plethora of favourable evidence weighted behind my title. Conversely, i am yet to see any reputable counter points made. If the current government will insist on the continued criminalisation of a huge number of inoccent tax paying UK citizens it should at least engage in open, informed debate on the subject, preferably in a public forum allowing for expert input. It would be a huge step forward to accept informed logic and discourse as opposed to the histerical pseudo journalistic rantings of the fascist soft porn comic tabloid press. 

Bottle tops football

Whilst appreciating the very small risk of plastic bottles (e g water coke) being used as missiles at present those attending football games if they purchase a drink the top is removed.

 

This is very impratical particarly for children who do not have the capacity to drink the contents quickly. Bottles without tops can be kicked over if placed on the ground or even worse spilt  over clothes until all the contents have been drunk.

 

It is time a little common sense was used and football fans were not treated like second class citizens. We get enough of that from the Stewards and The Police.

 

Leave the tops on treat us with respect. 

Why is this idea important?

Whilst appreciating the very small risk of plastic bottles (e g water coke) being used as missiles at present those attending football games if they purchase a drink the top is removed.

 

This is very impratical particarly for children who do not have the capacity to drink the contents quickly. Bottles without tops can be kicked over if placed on the ground or even worse spilt  over clothes until all the contents have been drunk.

 

It is time a little common sense was used and football fans were not treated like second class citizens. We get enough of that from the Stewards and The Police.

 

Leave the tops on treat us with respect. 

Dormant or Dead Land Covenants

Civil Liberty Restriction: There are 10's of thousands of restrictive covenants in property or land deeds, many of which date back 50-100 years and the person who put on the original restrictions is long since dead. This makes it all but impossible to seek an easement and it is a hugely expensive if not impossilbe task to have these dormant or dead covenants removed.  This has led to large numbers of people having to take out insurance policies just in case some heir appears and decides to enforce the covenant (or blackmail the property owner that they might).

The proposal is that all restrictive property or land covenants should have to be re-registered with the Land Registry every 20 years or automatically lapse. The Land Registry would charge a modest fee for this to cover the cost. 

Why is this idea important?

Civil Liberty Restriction: There are 10's of thousands of restrictive covenants in property or land deeds, many of which date back 50-100 years and the person who put on the original restrictions is long since dead. This makes it all but impossible to seek an easement and it is a hugely expensive if not impossilbe task to have these dormant or dead covenants removed.  This has led to large numbers of people having to take out insurance policies just in case some heir appears and decides to enforce the covenant (or blackmail the property owner that they might).

The proposal is that all restrictive property or land covenants should have to be re-registered with the Land Registry every 20 years or automatically lapse. The Land Registry would charge a modest fee for this to cover the cost. 

Increase ALL women’s wages by 12.2 per cent

The Office of National Statistics shows that even today men in full-time employment still earn 12.2 per cent more than women doing the same jobs.

We are all told that the reasons for this are complex and that there are issues of confidentiality which prevent the problem being adequately addressed.

A simple solution would be to increase the wages for ALL women in full-time employment by 12.2 per cent. This would, in a single stroke, acheive the equality which decades of government policy has failed to do.

Why is this idea important?

The Office of National Statistics shows that even today men in full-time employment still earn 12.2 per cent more than women doing the same jobs.

We are all told that the reasons for this are complex and that there are issues of confidentiality which prevent the problem being adequately addressed.

A simple solution would be to increase the wages for ALL women in full-time employment by 12.2 per cent. This would, in a single stroke, acheive the equality which decades of government policy has failed to do.

That medical people should be mindful of their ‘Hippocratic oath’ and insist upon the truth, particularly as applies to the smoking ban.

The 'Hippocratic Oath' was established about 2500 years ago by the Greek philosopher and doctor, Hippocrates. Essentially, it commits a 'physician' to promise not to use his skills to do harm and to respect his teachers and to pass on the knowledge faithfully.

An ‘update’ of the Oath was created in 1964 (not that long ago really) by Dr Louis Lasagna. The Oath is essentially the same, except that it brings in the idea of ‘prevention’ being better that ‘cure’.

Here are a few quotes from the ‘modern’ Oath:

“”I will respect the hard-won scientific gains of those physicians in whose steps I walk, and gladly share such knowledge as is mine with those who are to follow””

“”I will apply, for the benefit of the sick, all measures [that] are required, avoiding those twin traps of overtreatment and therapeutic nihilism””

“”I will prevent disease whenever I can, for prevention is preferable to cure””

 

“”I will not be ashamed to say "I know not," nor will I fail to call in my colleagues when the skills of another are needed for a patient's recovery””

 

Here are my views regarding the failures of the medical profession as regards the smoking ban:

 

  1. As regards sentence number one in the Oath, physicians are distorting the truth of their elders and passing on junk science to their juniors.
  2. That physicians are using their position of trust to gain pecuniary advantage from drugs companies by ‘over treating’ smokers who want to quit.
  3. That physicians are exaggerating and distorting their knowledge of tobacco smoke and spreading untruths. And that they are allowing the spread of untruths knowingly and willingly, and not publicising the untruthful nature of information being disseminated. For example, the statement, “There is no such thing as a safe level of second hand tobacco smoke” is an absolute lie – (unless you also say that there is no such thing as a safe level of air).

PHYSICIANS MUST NOT DISTORT THE TRUTH, NO MATTER HOW DESIRABLE THEY THINK THAT THE FINAL SOLUTION (THE END OF TOBACCO SMOKING) MAY BE.

Why is this idea important?

The 'Hippocratic Oath' was established about 2500 years ago by the Greek philosopher and doctor, Hippocrates. Essentially, it commits a 'physician' to promise not to use his skills to do harm and to respect his teachers and to pass on the knowledge faithfully.

An ‘update’ of the Oath was created in 1964 (not that long ago really) by Dr Louis Lasagna. The Oath is essentially the same, except that it brings in the idea of ‘prevention’ being better that ‘cure’.

Here are a few quotes from the ‘modern’ Oath:

“”I will respect the hard-won scientific gains of those physicians in whose steps I walk, and gladly share such knowledge as is mine with those who are to follow””

“”I will apply, for the benefit of the sick, all measures [that] are required, avoiding those twin traps of overtreatment and therapeutic nihilism””

“”I will prevent disease whenever I can, for prevention is preferable to cure””

 

“”I will not be ashamed to say "I know not," nor will I fail to call in my colleagues when the skills of another are needed for a patient's recovery””

 

Here are my views regarding the failures of the medical profession as regards the smoking ban:

 

  1. As regards sentence number one in the Oath, physicians are distorting the truth of their elders and passing on junk science to their juniors.
  2. That physicians are using their position of trust to gain pecuniary advantage from drugs companies by ‘over treating’ smokers who want to quit.
  3. That physicians are exaggerating and distorting their knowledge of tobacco smoke and spreading untruths. And that they are allowing the spread of untruths knowingly and willingly, and not publicising the untruthful nature of information being disseminated. For example, the statement, “There is no such thing as a safe level of second hand tobacco smoke” is an absolute lie – (unless you also say that there is no such thing as a safe level of air).

PHYSICIANS MUST NOT DISTORT THE TRUTH, NO MATTER HOW DESIRABLE THEY THINK THAT THE FINAL SOLUTION (THE END OF TOBACCO SMOKING) MAY BE.

No future ideological cuts by the conservatives

Abolish the future ideological cuts that the conservatives want to make.

We are not in this together. The conservatives have money; lots of other people who rely on government services do not.

Having charities and volunteers provide government  services is a terrible idea. I don't want to volunteer to do things government should be doing.

Forcing GPs to make many decisions about what services to offer is a dreadful idea. Great way to privatise the NHS, David!

Privatising the Met Office – dreadful!

The people of this country appear to be willing to sit back and let the conservatives dismantle their society. The conservatives stand for nothing, except keeping money in their pockets. WAKE UP AND FIGHT BACK!

Why is this idea important?

Abolish the future ideological cuts that the conservatives want to make.

We are not in this together. The conservatives have money; lots of other people who rely on government services do not.

Having charities and volunteers provide government  services is a terrible idea. I don't want to volunteer to do things government should be doing.

Forcing GPs to make many decisions about what services to offer is a dreadful idea. Great way to privatise the NHS, David!

Privatising the Met Office – dreadful!

The people of this country appear to be willing to sit back and let the conservatives dismantle their society. The conservatives stand for nothing, except keeping money in their pockets. WAKE UP AND FIGHT BACK!

stop banks from card blocking.

banks will flag up and block a debit/ credit card if it sees an  "unusual transaction. such as mr ???? buying a duvet cover. mrs ????? renting a car. unusual so stop  the  transaction. this leaves the card user in a very difficult position. for example. forget the purchase?  or hopefully have enough cash? or hopefully have another card. this has happened to me and my husband with monotonous regularity and its a major hassle.

Why is this idea important?

banks will flag up and block a debit/ credit card if it sees an  "unusual transaction. such as mr ???? buying a duvet cover. mrs ????? renting a car. unusual so stop  the  transaction. this leaves the card user in a very difficult position. for example. forget the purchase?  or hopefully have enough cash? or hopefully have another card. this has happened to me and my husband with monotonous regularity and its a major hassle.

Dog control let the owners decide how many they can handle

 

The control of dogs needs a big overhaul to be fairer to all owners/lovers and the general public.

I've done a quick search and read all dog related ideas todate Micro chipping, good idea, better enforcement on those who do not clean up after their dogs, good idea, and other bits need better clarification etc.

But no one has mentioned removing the local by-laws on how many dogs you can take for a walk at the same time, some councils have no such law others have set limits, i.e it's recommended 6 should be the limit, our council says 4 is the limit other councils have different limits. 

It should be removed or at least made the same throughout the country. The responsible owners should know how many they can control at once and under what conditions etc.

i.e  a quick out to relieve themselves or a walk in a crowded city centre to a walk over the Moors are they small dogs or large dogs? are they docile or playful or aggressive dogs are they in season etc etc etc  one law should not cover all variables which is why it should be the owners choice and they should be held fully accountable for their dogs actions.

So please remove or make it the same so that if you move from one council area to another the dogs do not suffer.  i.e they don't go on as many walks or get as much exercise as they did as the trips have to be doubled or trebled hence walks are shorter due to the time it takes or they have to be kept in all day as they can't all be taken out together.

Why is this idea important?

 

The control of dogs needs a big overhaul to be fairer to all owners/lovers and the general public.

I've done a quick search and read all dog related ideas todate Micro chipping, good idea, better enforcement on those who do not clean up after their dogs, good idea, and other bits need better clarification etc.

But no one has mentioned removing the local by-laws on how many dogs you can take for a walk at the same time, some councils have no such law others have set limits, i.e it's recommended 6 should be the limit, our council says 4 is the limit other councils have different limits. 

It should be removed or at least made the same throughout the country. The responsible owners should know how many they can control at once and under what conditions etc.

i.e  a quick out to relieve themselves or a walk in a crowded city centre to a walk over the Moors are they small dogs or large dogs? are they docile or playful or aggressive dogs are they in season etc etc etc  one law should not cover all variables which is why it should be the owners choice and they should be held fully accountable for their dogs actions.

So please remove or make it the same so that if you move from one council area to another the dogs do not suffer.  i.e they don't go on as many walks or get as much exercise as they did as the trips have to be doubled or trebled hence walks are shorter due to the time it takes or they have to be kept in all day as they can't all be taken out together.

Amend Section 249 of the Local Government Act 1972

Section 249 of the Local Government Act 1972 makes provision for the creation of Aldermen or Freemen of cities.

Whilst I have no problem with the practice of creating such offices, or bestowing those honours on deserving people, there should be a means of removal as there is with all other honours.

However, nowhere within the Local Government Act or any subsequent legislation is there a provision for the removal of this honour from a person to whom it has been awarded and who through their conduct can no longer be considered a fit and proper person to enjoy the distinction of Alderman or Freeman.

It would be a simple matter to amend the Act in order to detail a process for removal.

This matter came to my attention in respect of a person who holds the 'Freedom of the City of Liverpool'. I questioned the council as to how a person can complain about a 'Freeman' and was told that there is no complaints process and no means by which a 'Freeman' can be 'stripped' of the honour – regardless of what they have done or to whom they have done it.

It seems both morally and ethically wrong that a person can be allowed to retain an honour when they persistantly act in a way which demonstrates they are completely unworthy of it.

Why is this idea important?

Section 249 of the Local Government Act 1972 makes provision for the creation of Aldermen or Freemen of cities.

Whilst I have no problem with the practice of creating such offices, or bestowing those honours on deserving people, there should be a means of removal as there is with all other honours.

However, nowhere within the Local Government Act or any subsequent legislation is there a provision for the removal of this honour from a person to whom it has been awarded and who through their conduct can no longer be considered a fit and proper person to enjoy the distinction of Alderman or Freeman.

It would be a simple matter to amend the Act in order to detail a process for removal.

This matter came to my attention in respect of a person who holds the 'Freedom of the City of Liverpool'. I questioned the council as to how a person can complain about a 'Freeman' and was told that there is no complaints process and no means by which a 'Freeman' can be 'stripped' of the honour – regardless of what they have done or to whom they have done it.

It seems both morally and ethically wrong that a person can be allowed to retain an honour when they persistantly act in a way which demonstrates they are completely unworthy of it.

CRB checks

Introduce one-time CRB checks which will be acceptable by agencies other than the one initially requiring it

*   issue a visa like certificate of passing to successful applicants which will be placed on a page of their passport

*   the person's passport then becomes their proof of passing as well as of ID and will last the lifetime of the passport

Why is this idea important?

Introduce one-time CRB checks which will be acceptable by agencies other than the one initially requiring it

*   issue a visa like certificate of passing to successful applicants which will be placed on a page of their passport

*   the person's passport then becomes their proof of passing as well as of ID and will last the lifetime of the passport

The Midlothian Question

Either give English MPs the right to vote on purely Scottish matters or remove the right of Scottish MPs to vote on purely English matters

This needs to be addressed at once

Why is this idea important?

Either give English MPs the right to vote on purely Scottish matters or remove the right of Scottish MPs to vote on purely English matters

This needs to be addressed at once

The NHS – some savings

The idea is in three parts:

*   to reduce the number of clerical and management staff so as to provide, once again, more beds than administration people

*   to encourage people, by way of a tax break, to take up private health insurance and thus be able to pay for treatment outside ot the NHS with the concomitant huge cost savings

*   review the so-called Private Public Initiativewhereby the NHS leases back premises – an ongoing and very expensive exercise – and renegotiate the terms 

Why is this idea important?

The idea is in three parts:

*   to reduce the number of clerical and management staff so as to provide, once again, more beds than administration people

*   to encourage people, by way of a tax break, to take up private health insurance and thus be able to pay for treatment outside ot the NHS with the concomitant huge cost savings

*   review the so-called Private Public Initiativewhereby the NHS leases back premises – an ongoing and very expensive exercise – and renegotiate the terms 

Stopping the disenfranchisement of expatriate British citizens.

The Representation of the People Act 1985 (as amended by the Representation of the People Act 2000, and the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000) should be further amended to remove Sections 1(3)(c) and 3(4)(c).

This change would remove the time limit on enfrachisement of British citizens living overseas and would thereby bring UK electoral legislation in line with the commitments made by the UK in signing the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

Why is this idea important?

The Representation of the People Act 1985 (as amended by the Representation of the People Act 2000, and the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000) should be further amended to remove Sections 1(3)(c) and 3(4)(c).

This change would remove the time limit on enfrachisement of British citizens living overseas and would thereby bring UK electoral legislation in line with the commitments made by the UK in signing the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

Parliament – M.Ps. behaviour

Re-imbue in MPs the idea that they are public servants.

This subject is potentially huge and covers too much to put on this site. However, there are a few easy to implement ideas:

*   When an MP (or a local councillor) crosses the floor, he/she should be subject to a new ballot. When these people are voted for it is usually on a party ticket and so changing their minds is not adhering to their election promises

*   If and when an MP is found to be abusing the position parliament must be able to fire that person immediately. It should not be the case that the offender can simply hang around for the rest of the parliament before facing the constituents in an election contes

*   The number of MPs should be reduced to around the 400 mark. It really does not take nearly 700 MPs to run this country – plus the House of Lords.

*   Redraw the constituency map so that each one has approximately the same size of population (accept that there will be some anomalies like the Isle of Wight

*   Require that all MPs actually attend the house for a minimum period during each session. It cannot be right that there are so many empty seats where important measures are being debated. If the low attendance (or non) is indicative ot the low level of interest in and the small importance of the measure under discussion – cancel it

*   Ensure that MP's benefits such as subsidised restaurants, bars, crèches, etc. are declared as such for tax purposes in the same way as everyone else in this country  

 

Why is this idea important?

Re-imbue in MPs the idea that they are public servants.

This subject is potentially huge and covers too much to put on this site. However, there are a few easy to implement ideas:

*   When an MP (or a local councillor) crosses the floor, he/she should be subject to a new ballot. When these people are voted for it is usually on a party ticket and so changing their minds is not adhering to their election promises

*   If and when an MP is found to be abusing the position parliament must be able to fire that person immediately. It should not be the case that the offender can simply hang around for the rest of the parliament before facing the constituents in an election contes

*   The number of MPs should be reduced to around the 400 mark. It really does not take nearly 700 MPs to run this country – plus the House of Lords.

*   Redraw the constituency map so that each one has approximately the same size of population (accept that there will be some anomalies like the Isle of Wight

*   Require that all MPs actually attend the house for a minimum period during each session. It cannot be right that there are so many empty seats where important measures are being debated. If the low attendance (or non) is indicative ot the low level of interest in and the small importance of the measure under discussion – cancel it

*   Ensure that MP's benefits such as subsidised restaurants, bars, crèches, etc. are declared as such for tax purposes in the same way as everyone else in this country  

 

European Legislation

Do not just accept european legisaltion when handed down from Brussels. All such legislation should be treated as proposals until the UK parliament has examined and debated it. Only after successfully passing through this process should any legislation be made into British law.

Why is this idea important?

Do not just accept european legisaltion when handed down from Brussels. All such legislation should be treated as proposals until the UK parliament has examined and debated it. Only after successfully passing through this process should any legislation be made into British law.

Take the “for sale” off our politicians backs!

Every party should not be allowed to recieve donations over £100 per person and the government should pay the rest of the money required for the campaign, but set a reasonable cap on the amount of money they spend.

Why is this idea important?

Every party should not be allowed to recieve donations over £100 per person and the government should pay the rest of the money required for the campaign, but set a reasonable cap on the amount of money they spend.