Freeing Tax Payers From Double Funding

The previous Conservative government introduced policies affecting unemployed people with mortgages.

Firstly, it increased the number of months before unemployed people could gain assistance with their mortgags to nine.

Secondly, to support this policy it expected mortgage holders to provide their own mortgage insurance cover in the event of unemployment.

Finally it added insurance premium tax to mortgage the policies of to those who were willing to cover themselves, even though it would save money to the treasuary should anyone become unemployed.

I wrote and complained at the the time and recieved a bland 'this part of moving towards indirect taxation' letter.

Why should I, and others like me, be taxed for the privilige of saving the govenment money and providing my own cover?

People who are free to pay their own mortgage insurance should not be shackled with IPT, as they are already paying taxes to fund mortgage cover for others through the taxation system.

This is nothing other than double funding.

Why is this idea important?

The previous Conservative government introduced policies affecting unemployed people with mortgages.

Firstly, it increased the number of months before unemployed people could gain assistance with their mortgags to nine.

Secondly, to support this policy it expected mortgage holders to provide their own mortgage insurance cover in the event of unemployment.

Finally it added insurance premium tax to mortgage the policies of to those who were willing to cover themselves, even though it would save money to the treasuary should anyone become unemployed.

I wrote and complained at the the time and recieved a bland 'this part of moving towards indirect taxation' letter.

Why should I, and others like me, be taxed for the privilige of saving the govenment money and providing my own cover?

People who are free to pay their own mortgage insurance should not be shackled with IPT, as they are already paying taxes to fund mortgage cover for others through the taxation system.

This is nothing other than double funding.

Stop all laws where MPs/politicians are treated less restrictively

There are numerous laws created in Parliament in which MPs are treated more favourably than ordinary people.

 

An example is that which set a maximum cap on a pension fund – EXCEPT for MPs.

 

Another is the EU law which scrapped duty free on items within the EU unless you are an MEP or one of the EU staff.

 

All laws must apply to people equally.   In some cases there are situations whereby the politicians must be treated more harshly but NEVER less.

Why is this idea important?

There are numerous laws created in Parliament in which MPs are treated more favourably than ordinary people.

 

An example is that which set a maximum cap on a pension fund – EXCEPT for MPs.

 

Another is the EU law which scrapped duty free on items within the EU unless you are an MEP or one of the EU staff.

 

All laws must apply to people equally.   In some cases there are situations whereby the politicians must be treated more harshly but NEVER less.

Remove cautions from CRB Checks

Remove cautions from CRB checks

 

UNTIL A PERSON IS TRIED AND FOUND GUILTY OF AN OFFENCE IN A COURT OF LAW THEY DO NOT HAVE A CRIMINAL RECORD AND AS SUCH ANY CAUTIONS (ADMINISTERED BY THE POLICE) OR MALICIOUS HEARSAY REPORTED TO THE POLICE MUST BE OMMITTED FROM CRB CHECKS.

PEOPLE'S LIVES ARE BEING DESTROYED.

Why is this idea important?

Remove cautions from CRB checks

 

UNTIL A PERSON IS TRIED AND FOUND GUILTY OF AN OFFENCE IN A COURT OF LAW THEY DO NOT HAVE A CRIMINAL RECORD AND AS SUCH ANY CAUTIONS (ADMINISTERED BY THE POLICE) OR MALICIOUS HEARSAY REPORTED TO THE POLICE MUST BE OMMITTED FROM CRB CHECKS.

PEOPLE'S LIVES ARE BEING DESTROYED.

Assimilate civil partnership with marriage

As a happily married heterosexual I am disconcerted that my homosexual friends' partnerships cannot be described in law as a 'marriage'. (No doubt because there are some minor differences between the two forms of legal status.)

I would like to see civil partnerships put on exactly the same basis as conventional marriage from a legal point of view.

Such a change need not affect the rights of the religious to continue to confine the term 'marriage' to whatever they want, but that is a matter for them and need not concern the rest of us.

Why is this idea important?

As a happily married heterosexual I am disconcerted that my homosexual friends' partnerships cannot be described in law as a 'marriage'. (No doubt because there are some minor differences between the two forms of legal status.)

I would like to see civil partnerships put on exactly the same basis as conventional marriage from a legal point of view.

Such a change need not affect the rights of the religious to continue to confine the term 'marriage' to whatever they want, but that is a matter for them and need not concern the rest of us.

scrap the current tax system

I am fed up with having to pay different taxes and contributions that just amount to money being taken out.

Why not just have one bill (taken from wages/earnings) to cover for different services that we will use (or could use) over our life time.

Obvious things could include: NHS, care service, roads, environment, transport, welfare, public cleanliness, police, education. pensions

others could include: waste management, fire services etc

Why is this idea important?

I am fed up with having to pay different taxes and contributions that just amount to money being taken out.

Why not just have one bill (taken from wages/earnings) to cover for different services that we will use (or could use) over our life time.

Obvious things could include: NHS, care service, roads, environment, transport, welfare, public cleanliness, police, education. pensions

others could include: waste management, fire services etc

Remove All Distinctions Between Public And Private Employees.

To remove all distinctions between public and private employees. This barrier between workers is historically based and its use is now in doubt and cannot be justified in terms of the superior condidtions and expectations now held by public sector employees.

Why is this idea important?

To remove all distinctions between public and private employees. This barrier between workers is historically based and its use is now in doubt and cannot be justified in terms of the superior condidtions and expectations now held by public sector employees.

Islamisation of europe

abolish sharia , prevent English values and traditions being affected by foreign religious ideologies and stop being so soft on criminals and other wrong doers because of their religious views

Why is this idea important?

abolish sharia , prevent English values and traditions being affected by foreign religious ideologies and stop being so soft on criminals and other wrong doers because of their religious views

Repeal the 1972 Communities Act and withdraw from the E.U.

Britains Freedoms and Traditions have been created through the centuries and are based on our ancient Constitution, which has yet to be codified.  The fact that no-one in Government is even interested nor has found the time to do so in the 21st Century is shameful and a sad reflection on today's politicians, who appear to have little or no knowledge of our history.  The fact that many countries around the world have used much of our Constitution to create their own, speaks for itself.  European countries on the other hand alter their Constitutions whenever they have a change of Government, what does that tell you?   

It is a fact that Britain's Freedoms and Traditions cannot be restored until we come out of the European Union because the continental way of life is totally different from ours.  In fact this was confirmed by one of the Roux brothers on BBC T.V. recently when he said he came to live in Britain because he liked the way of life and the freedoms that it gave him; he also went on to say that the E.U. was passing laws and creating leglisation that was unlawfully taking away the protections and freedoms that the British citizen had always enjoyed and it was totally undemocratic.  Good for Mr. Roux I say – well done!

Why is this idea important?

Britains Freedoms and Traditions have been created through the centuries and are based on our ancient Constitution, which has yet to be codified.  The fact that no-one in Government is even interested nor has found the time to do so in the 21st Century is shameful and a sad reflection on today's politicians, who appear to have little or no knowledge of our history.  The fact that many countries around the world have used much of our Constitution to create their own, speaks for itself.  European countries on the other hand alter their Constitutions whenever they have a change of Government, what does that tell you?   

It is a fact that Britain's Freedoms and Traditions cannot be restored until we come out of the European Union because the continental way of life is totally different from ours.  In fact this was confirmed by one of the Roux brothers on BBC T.V. recently when he said he came to live in Britain because he liked the way of life and the freedoms that it gave him; he also went on to say that the E.U. was passing laws and creating leglisation that was unlawfully taking away the protections and freedoms that the British citizen had always enjoyed and it was totally undemocratic.  Good for Mr. Roux I say – well done!

Remove Gross Indecency Convictions from all records

The European Court of Human Rights in the case ADT versus The UK (July 2000) found the old gross indecency law (men who have sex with other men – consenting adult sex) to be contravene human rights.

The UK government repealed the gross indecency law, which only applied to gay male sex, in December 2000. Yet those historic convictions remain in place on police and court records to be used over and over again to perpetuate the discrimination against gay men who engaged in consensual adult sex.

Amending the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (which is in the Coalition Agreement) does nothing to remove those records from the PNC, court records, and other local police records -and DNA,  fingerprint and photo databases.

Remove all records relating to the decriminalised offence of gross indecency.

Why is this idea important?

The European Court of Human Rights in the case ADT versus The UK (July 2000) found the old gross indecency law (men who have sex with other men – consenting adult sex) to be contravene human rights.

The UK government repealed the gross indecency law, which only applied to gay male sex, in December 2000. Yet those historic convictions remain in place on police and court records to be used over and over again to perpetuate the discrimination against gay men who engaged in consensual adult sex.

Amending the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (which is in the Coalition Agreement) does nothing to remove those records from the PNC, court records, and other local police records -and DNA,  fingerprint and photo databases.

Remove all records relating to the decriminalised offence of gross indecency.

right to light act

Repeal the rule that allows placing a pole or scaffold tube on site,  that takes the place of the planned building.

Once this pole or scaffold has been in place for a year and a day, the builder is then allowed by law to construct any building to the height of that pole or scaffold tube.

This can all be carried out with no notice or warning to the residents effected save the pole, scaffold tube or any other erection in place to the height they will to build.

Why is this idea important?

Repeal the rule that allows placing a pole or scaffold tube on site,  that takes the place of the planned building.

Once this pole or scaffold has been in place for a year and a day, the builder is then allowed by law to construct any building to the height of that pole or scaffold tube.

This can all be carried out with no notice or warning to the residents effected save the pole, scaffold tube or any other erection in place to the height they will to build.

Removal of All SPENT Criminal Records from PNC, etc

If British society truly believes in rehabilitation (and I often doubt it does) then when a conviction becomes SPENT  the record should be removed from the PNC, local police databases, IDENT 1 fingerprint and photograph databases.

The weeding of this information will save money. And it would allow those individuals who have rehabilitated themselves to move on with their lives -and contribute to this new "Big Society" that the government talks about.

The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 is outdated and needs to be brought up to date to reflect CRB, ISA, ECHR (Human Rights Laws).

Furthermore, court records must also be subject to weeding – fully subject to the Data Protection Act.

 

Why is this idea important?

If British society truly believes in rehabilitation (and I often doubt it does) then when a conviction becomes SPENT  the record should be removed from the PNC, local police databases, IDENT 1 fingerprint and photograph databases.

The weeding of this information will save money. And it would allow those individuals who have rehabilitated themselves to move on with their lives -and contribute to this new "Big Society" that the government talks about.

The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 is outdated and needs to be brought up to date to reflect CRB, ISA, ECHR (Human Rights Laws).

Furthermore, court records must also be subject to weeding – fully subject to the Data Protection Act.

 

Vote for prime minister.

A general election should consist of two votes, the first as it stands at the present to elect a local representative to the house of commons and a second to vote for the prime minister who should be standing seperaty from the constituency seats.

Why is this idea important?

A general election should consist of two votes, the first as it stands at the present to elect a local representative to the house of commons and a second to vote for the prime minister who should be standing seperaty from the constituency seats.

WHY PUT MORE OUT OF WORK

In the first year Scotland band smoking over two thousand pubs went out of business, if each of those employed 3 staff, 6000 out of work, how many have been put on the dole since the overall ban was introduced in England and Wales.

How many tobacco workers would be out of work, how many drivers out of work, the list of people that would end up on the dole and that’s just our country, would be criminal.

Note to all in favour of an overall ban!

DO YOU WANT TO PAY MORE TAX?

Why is this idea important?

In the first year Scotland band smoking over two thousand pubs went out of business, if each of those employed 3 staff, 6000 out of work, how many have been put on the dole since the overall ban was introduced in England and Wales.

How many tobacco workers would be out of work, how many drivers out of work, the list of people that would end up on the dole and that’s just our country, would be criminal.

Note to all in favour of an overall ban!

DO YOU WANT TO PAY MORE TAX?

Child Benefit – Time to pay for your own progeny

Isn't it about time that those among us who wish to perpetuate the species, pay for their upkeep.

In a modern society it is unthinkable that those tax payers who do not have children, (for whatever reason), should be asked to pay towards their maintenance.

If you can't afford to support them – don't have them!

One would not ask a neighbour to help pay towards ones mortgage or the car service, or even towards maintenance of ones wife – so why their children?

The idea of paying people to replicate is outdated – unless of course the government are anticipating another world war.

Why is this idea important?

Isn't it about time that those among us who wish to perpetuate the species, pay for their upkeep.

In a modern society it is unthinkable that those tax payers who do not have children, (for whatever reason), should be asked to pay towards their maintenance.

If you can't afford to support them – don't have them!

One would not ask a neighbour to help pay towards ones mortgage or the car service, or even towards maintenance of ones wife – so why their children?

The idea of paying people to replicate is outdated – unless of course the government are anticipating another world war.

Global shift in attitudes towards cannabis-UK response?

The issue of cannabis legislation is a tricky one. I believe cannabis should be decriminalised and regulated like alcohol and tobacco.

Given the global shift in attitudes towards cannabis – How does Britain respond?

If we look at current international attiudes with fellow countries from the developed western world…

The United States has Medical marijuana in 13 states, California is currently debating the legalisation of cannabis for recreational purposes

The dutch have arguably the most cannabis friendly attitude in europe,

Recent changes in both spainish and portugese drugs policy with the decriminalisation of cannabis  – with portugal decriminalising all drugs.

Canada has had a fairly relaxed attitude towards cannabis Superior and appellate courts in Ontario have repeatedly declared Canada's marijuana laws to be of no force and effect.The cultivation of cannabis is currently illegal in Canada, with exceptions only for medical usage.

Medical marijuana will soon be available in Germany, with the centre-right coalition preparing to make ground-breaking changes to drug laws, a government health spokeswoman said this week.

The UK? Classification of Cannabis has become especially controversial. In 2004, Cannabis was reclassified from class B to class C, in accordance with advice from the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD). In 2009, it was returned to class B against ACMD advice. Surely our drugs policy be based upon science and fact? Not historical prejudices and misconceptions.

Cannabis is illegal to possess and/or cultivate under the 1971 Misuse of drugs act. That is unless you get a license to grow it from the home office… After detailed research i could only find evidence of one company ever recieving such a license.

On the 11th of June 1998,  a UK-based company, GW Pharmaceuticals received a license from the Home Office in order to conduct research into the medicinal uses of cannabis. The company had noted the large amounts of evidence that cannabis has beneficial effects on a number of medical symptoms.
GW Pharmaceuticals then set out to conduct controlled clinical trials to evaluate these with a view to producing a final product to bring relief to thousands of sufferers to whom existing pharmacological treatments do not suffice. GW Pharmaceuticals thus became the only company in the UK licensed to provide raw cannabis materials for trials. Since then Sativex has been granted a UK license – this was granted in June of this year.

"My professional view of cannabis as a substance is that it appears to be a remarkably safe substance in comparison to most medicines prescribed today. The more I learn about this plant the more fascinated I become. It has through its various constituents multiple effects of therapeutic interest, many of which are now being validated by the enormous growth in basic cannabinoid research." – Dr Geoffrey Guy, Chairman of GW Pharmaceuticals.

There was an interesting interview on CNBC with Dr Guy and he confirmed that GW Pharmaceuticals are developing a whole range of products from the cannabis plant which will deal with Cancer pain, epilepsy, diabetes and inflammatory diseases. Their work with cancer patients in the US is already under way.They already have approval in canada for cannabis based medicines in advanced cancer patients – primarily pain relief.
So Cannabis the evil drug has serious potential as a medicine – this is one of the key things that seperate it from other drugs. Cannabis has real medical benefits.

Drug classification: making a hash of it? is the title of a report authored by the UK Science and Technology Select Committee and submitted to the British House of Commons. It was published in July 2006. The report suggested that the current system of recreational drug classification in the UK was arbitrary and unscientific and suggested a more scientific measure of harm be used for classifying drugs.

A quick look at the facts on alcohol…

Alcohol related deaths in the UK rose to 9,031 in 2008, up from 8,724 the previous year
– Branwen Jeffreys, Health Correspondent, BBC News

 Drug related deaths in the UK rose to 1,952 in 2008, up from 1900 the previous year
-St George's University of London, Drug related deaths in the UK, Annual report 2009

So almost 5 times more people died from alcohol related deaths than drug related deaths in 2008 yet alcohol isn't covered under the misuse of drugs act. Number of cannabis related deaths out of the 1,952 drug related deaths… ZERO.

Alcohol features in almost 50% of violent crime, yet isn't covered under the misuse of drugs act – this is because we know that for the large part alcohol is consumed responsibly by the majority of people who choose to use it.
We should be able to do the same with cannabis (And cannabis has been proven to assist with a number of different medical conditions) Alcohol has no proven medical benefits – the only one i could find was the use of it as an anti septic or disinfectant.
So alcohol is involved in more deaths & violent crime than cannabis yet is regulated and controlled – And not by the misuse of drugs act!

In essence we need to re-examine our attitudes towards cannabis and its criminalisation. The issue at hand is multi-faceted and extremely complex, this should not however stop us from engaging with the issue

Cannabis needs to be decriminalised and the sooner the better

Why is this idea important?

The issue of cannabis legislation is a tricky one. I believe cannabis should be decriminalised and regulated like alcohol and tobacco.

Given the global shift in attitudes towards cannabis – How does Britain respond?

If we look at current international attiudes with fellow countries from the developed western world…

The United States has Medical marijuana in 13 states, California is currently debating the legalisation of cannabis for recreational purposes

The dutch have arguably the most cannabis friendly attitude in europe,

Recent changes in both spainish and portugese drugs policy with the decriminalisation of cannabis  – with portugal decriminalising all drugs.

Canada has had a fairly relaxed attitude towards cannabis Superior and appellate courts in Ontario have repeatedly declared Canada's marijuana laws to be of no force and effect.The cultivation of cannabis is currently illegal in Canada, with exceptions only for medical usage.

Medical marijuana will soon be available in Germany, with the centre-right coalition preparing to make ground-breaking changes to drug laws, a government health spokeswoman said this week.

The UK? Classification of Cannabis has become especially controversial. In 2004, Cannabis was reclassified from class B to class C, in accordance with advice from the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD). In 2009, it was returned to class B against ACMD advice. Surely our drugs policy be based upon science and fact? Not historical prejudices and misconceptions.

Cannabis is illegal to possess and/or cultivate under the 1971 Misuse of drugs act. That is unless you get a license to grow it from the home office… After detailed research i could only find evidence of one company ever recieving such a license.

On the 11th of June 1998,  a UK-based company, GW Pharmaceuticals received a license from the Home Office in order to conduct research into the medicinal uses of cannabis. The company had noted the large amounts of evidence that cannabis has beneficial effects on a number of medical symptoms.
GW Pharmaceuticals then set out to conduct controlled clinical trials to evaluate these with a view to producing a final product to bring relief to thousands of sufferers to whom existing pharmacological treatments do not suffice. GW Pharmaceuticals thus became the only company in the UK licensed to provide raw cannabis materials for trials. Since then Sativex has been granted a UK license – this was granted in June of this year.

"My professional view of cannabis as a substance is that it appears to be a remarkably safe substance in comparison to most medicines prescribed today. The more I learn about this plant the more fascinated I become. It has through its various constituents multiple effects of therapeutic interest, many of which are now being validated by the enormous growth in basic cannabinoid research." – Dr Geoffrey Guy, Chairman of GW Pharmaceuticals.

There was an interesting interview on CNBC with Dr Guy and he confirmed that GW Pharmaceuticals are developing a whole range of products from the cannabis plant which will deal with Cancer pain, epilepsy, diabetes and inflammatory diseases. Their work with cancer patients in the US is already under way.They already have approval in canada for cannabis based medicines in advanced cancer patients – primarily pain relief.
So Cannabis the evil drug has serious potential as a medicine – this is one of the key things that seperate it from other drugs. Cannabis has real medical benefits.

Drug classification: making a hash of it? is the title of a report authored by the UK Science and Technology Select Committee and submitted to the British House of Commons. It was published in July 2006. The report suggested that the current system of recreational drug classification in the UK was arbitrary and unscientific and suggested a more scientific measure of harm be used for classifying drugs.

A quick look at the facts on alcohol…

Alcohol related deaths in the UK rose to 9,031 in 2008, up from 8,724 the previous year
– Branwen Jeffreys, Health Correspondent, BBC News

 Drug related deaths in the UK rose to 1,952 in 2008, up from 1900 the previous year
-St George's University of London, Drug related deaths in the UK, Annual report 2009

So almost 5 times more people died from alcohol related deaths than drug related deaths in 2008 yet alcohol isn't covered under the misuse of drugs act. Number of cannabis related deaths out of the 1,952 drug related deaths… ZERO.

Alcohol features in almost 50% of violent crime, yet isn't covered under the misuse of drugs act – this is because we know that for the large part alcohol is consumed responsibly by the majority of people who choose to use it.
We should be able to do the same with cannabis (And cannabis has been proven to assist with a number of different medical conditions) Alcohol has no proven medical benefits – the only one i could find was the use of it as an anti septic or disinfectant.
So alcohol is involved in more deaths & violent crime than cannabis yet is regulated and controlled – And not by the misuse of drugs act!

In essence we need to re-examine our attitudes towards cannabis and its criminalisation. The issue at hand is multi-faceted and extremely complex, this should not however stop us from engaging with the issue

Cannabis needs to be decriminalised and the sooner the better

Naturism venues

 Repeal the licensing laws, bye law enabling powers, revoke the associated bye laws, and other regulations which allow councils and others to restrict, without any objective justification, the freedom to be nude at recreational venues.

Why is this idea important?

 Repeal the licensing laws, bye law enabling powers, revoke the associated bye laws, and other regulations which allow councils and others to restrict, without any objective justification, the freedom to be nude at recreational venues.

Child (and adult) protection

Repeal or reform all legislation and policy which assumes or encourages the belief that children are inherently sexual. For example aspects of the Protection of Children Act 1978 and related legislation. As a minimum the word "indecent" should be replaced with "pornographic" and "pornographic" should be defined as "erotic" or "sexual".

Why is this idea important?

Repeal or reform all legislation and policy which assumes or encourages the belief that children are inherently sexual. For example aspects of the Protection of Children Act 1978 and related legislation. As a minimum the word "indecent" should be replaced with "pornographic" and "pornographic" should be defined as "erotic" or "sexual".

Naturism in Public Places

 s.5 Public Order Act 1986 should be clarified to reduce the scope for abuse. It must be made clear that this offence concerns behaviour which would cause significant offence to most reasonable people and terms such as disorderly should be clarified or removed.

s.4, s.4A Public Order Act 1986 and s.66 Sexual Offences Act should be clarified. Nudity is not in itself evidence of the intent required by these offences.

The common law offence of Outraging Public Decency should be repealed as it duplicates statutory offences (see BN response to Law Commission consultation) and it is inherently vague.

Repeal bye law enabling powers and revoke any associated bye laws, which are unused or vulnerable to abuse.

The ASBO system should be clarified and reduced in scope to prevent abuse.

Abolish all fixed penalties for which a realistic means of appeal can not be provided.

Police cautions should have a cooling off period. There must be a statutory duty for the police to ensure that the accused understands the consequences of accepting a caution.

Provide an accessible means of appeal against police records.

Why is this idea important?

 s.5 Public Order Act 1986 should be clarified to reduce the scope for abuse. It must be made clear that this offence concerns behaviour which would cause significant offence to most reasonable people and terms such as disorderly should be clarified or removed.

s.4, s.4A Public Order Act 1986 and s.66 Sexual Offences Act should be clarified. Nudity is not in itself evidence of the intent required by these offences.

The common law offence of Outraging Public Decency should be repealed as it duplicates statutory offences (see BN response to Law Commission consultation) and it is inherently vague.

Repeal bye law enabling powers and revoke any associated bye laws, which are unused or vulnerable to abuse.

The ASBO system should be clarified and reduced in scope to prevent abuse.

Abolish all fixed penalties for which a realistic means of appeal can not be provided.

Police cautions should have a cooling off period. There must be a statutory duty for the police to ensure that the accused understands the consequences of accepting a caution.

Provide an accessible means of appeal against police records.

Censorship

 Repeal or reform all law which facilitates censorship based on prejudice. For example aspects of the broadcasting acts, Video Recordings Act 1984, Indecent Displays (Control) Act 1981.

Protect freedom-of-speech by requiring censors to provide an accessible and single route for appeal. This must apply to all censors that operate in the UK including overseas corporations.

Require censorship to be founded on evidence of harm and set legally enforcible minimum standards for that evidence.

Why is this idea important?

 Repeal or reform all law which facilitates censorship based on prejudice. For example aspects of the broadcasting acts, Video Recordings Act 1984, Indecent Displays (Control) Act 1981.

Protect freedom-of-speech by requiring censors to provide an accessible and single route for appeal. This must apply to all censors that operate in the UK including overseas corporations.

Require censorship to be founded on evidence of harm and set legally enforcible minimum standards for that evidence.

Restoration of the Right to Silence

Please re-instate the right to silence of anyone charged with an offence. It would seem in today’s society we are heading inexorably towards a situation where the police (and other bodies with similar powers) can do no wrong. Whilst they are placed on a metaphorical pedestal, even when in the public perception they have gravely erred, and there always seems to be some reason why they cannot be charged or there is an alleged justification for their actions, it is a completely different ballgame when members of the general public are concerned. Our rights are being eroded and the police allowed every opportunity to erode them further such that DNA samples can be taken when someone is arrested for even the most trivial offence; e.g. taking innocent photographs can now land you in trouble. Time expired records are still not being destroyed as directed by the European Court.
The ending of the right to silence was in many ways the precursor to this gradual erosion of our civil liberties and it should be restored forthwith. With the balance having been tilted in favour of the police at the expense of those civil liberties for so long now it is high time that those facing charge for any offence are legally entitled to once again not prejudice themselves and be entitled to a right of silence; it is an inalienable human right. If the police have enough evidence to charge someone with an offence then the right to silence should not be an issue for them because the evidence should be compelling. If the police have an issue with the right to silence it can only be because they cannot bring sufficient evidence to bear on a case and have to rely on weight not being attached to something the accused brings to the courts later on.
If the police can get away with acts which are plainly caught on video and flashed around the world; then surely the great British public are entitled to the right of silence when accused of an offence. It should then be up to the police or other relevant authority to prove them guilty beyond any reasonable doubt by using their own investigative skills and techniques.
 

Why is this idea important?

Please re-instate the right to silence of anyone charged with an offence. It would seem in today’s society we are heading inexorably towards a situation where the police (and other bodies with similar powers) can do no wrong. Whilst they are placed on a metaphorical pedestal, even when in the public perception they have gravely erred, and there always seems to be some reason why they cannot be charged or there is an alleged justification for their actions, it is a completely different ballgame when members of the general public are concerned. Our rights are being eroded and the police allowed every opportunity to erode them further such that DNA samples can be taken when someone is arrested for even the most trivial offence; e.g. taking innocent photographs can now land you in trouble. Time expired records are still not being destroyed as directed by the European Court.
The ending of the right to silence was in many ways the precursor to this gradual erosion of our civil liberties and it should be restored forthwith. With the balance having been tilted in favour of the police at the expense of those civil liberties for so long now it is high time that those facing charge for any offence are legally entitled to once again not prejudice themselves and be entitled to a right of silence; it is an inalienable human right. If the police have enough evidence to charge someone with an offence then the right to silence should not be an issue for them because the evidence should be compelling. If the police have an issue with the right to silence it can only be because they cannot bring sufficient evidence to bear on a case and have to rely on weight not being attached to something the accused brings to the courts later on.
If the police can get away with acts which are plainly caught on video and flashed around the world; then surely the great British public are entitled to the right of silence when accused of an offence. It should then be up to the police or other relevant authority to prove them guilty beyond any reasonable doubt by using their own investigative skills and techniques.
 

Anti-Social Behaviour – Diary Sheets

Abolish the need to keep formal ASB diary sheets for use as evidence against perpatrators.  E-Mails should be acceptable.  Firstly, it saves money (less paper and stamps). Secondly we have been completing diary sheets for 6 years now without anything much happening as a result to combat ASB in our neighbourhood wo what exeactly is the point of them?

Neither the Police nor any other organisations appears bothered when people have noisy parties etc at weekends, most authorities are shut and by the time you get to Monday the problem is over and you have had another sleepless weekend!

A call to the Police, Crimestoppers or any other involved organisation such as local authority or Housing provider should be cross-matchable and traceable.  We need a central point of contact and a database for noise abatement and/or Anti-Social Behaviours.  We need someone to contact every day of the week to help stop ASB, not jsut weekdays!

Why is this idea important?

Abolish the need to keep formal ASB diary sheets for use as evidence against perpatrators.  E-Mails should be acceptable.  Firstly, it saves money (less paper and stamps). Secondly we have been completing diary sheets for 6 years now without anything much happening as a result to combat ASB in our neighbourhood wo what exeactly is the point of them?

Neither the Police nor any other organisations appears bothered when people have noisy parties etc at weekends, most authorities are shut and by the time you get to Monday the problem is over and you have had another sleepless weekend!

A call to the Police, Crimestoppers or any other involved organisation such as local authority or Housing provider should be cross-matchable and traceable.  We need a central point of contact and a database for noise abatement and/or Anti-Social Behaviours.  We need someone to contact every day of the week to help stop ASB, not jsut weekdays!