Reinstate Refuge collections and waste recycle back to weekly

What is the point of collections going to 2 weekly? This results in a lot more of the public taking their own recycle waste to collection points, this must increase the carbon footprint dramatically on the UK?

Why is this idea important?

What is the point of collections going to 2 weekly? This results in a lot more of the public taking their own recycle waste to collection points, this must increase the carbon footprint dramatically on the UK?

Repeal or change sections 4A and 5 of the Public Order Act

These sections of law make it illegal to use "threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour, or disorderly behaviour" that intentionally or are likely to cause "harassment, alarm or distress".

They should be removed completely, or changed to make them less vague and to ensure that they do not obstruct free speech. In particular "insulting" is far too weak a condition, as is the concept of causing "harassment, alarm or distress".

Why is this idea important?

These sections of law make it illegal to use "threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour, or disorderly behaviour" that intentionally or are likely to cause "harassment, alarm or distress".

They should be removed completely, or changed to make them less vague and to ensure that they do not obstruct free speech. In particular "insulting" is far too weak a condition, as is the concept of causing "harassment, alarm or distress".

be more sensible about so called offensive weapons

I recently read that a 65 year old genleman on a cavavan camping trip was convicted of having a offensive weapon and now has a criminal record. It transpired that the "weapon" was a swiss army knife that was in his glove compartment and was used as a general purpose tool.

Why is this idea important?

I recently read that a 65 year old genleman on a cavavan camping trip was convicted of having a offensive weapon and now has a criminal record. It transpired that the "weapon" was a swiss army knife that was in his glove compartment and was used as a general purpose tool.

Data Protection Act

There is no common sence in this applicatiion, when you phone from your home and it concerns your partner (Insurance, utility accounts etc) you cannot do anything with it because it is in your partners name, the human at the other end of the phone should be able to determine from a couple of questions that the data remains protected but usable?

Why is this idea important?

There is no common sence in this applicatiion, when you phone from your home and it concerns your partner (Insurance, utility accounts etc) you cannot do anything with it because it is in your partners name, the human at the other end of the phone should be able to determine from a couple of questions that the data remains protected but usable?

Increasing infringement by the Police of Photographers’ Rights to take photographs in public places

I grow increasingly concerned, like thousands of my fellow photographers, by the continuing instances of police harrassment of photographers in public places, who are breaking no existing laws.

Despite repeated government confirmations that photographers are free to pursue their business/hobby in public places, and issuance of guidelines to various police forces, day after day cases continue to surface of ill-informed police personnel harrassing these individuals.

The latest case took place a few days ago in Romford. This link,  british-journal-of-photography/news  provides the details.

What further steps are the Home Office taking to ensure that the laws governing this area of the rights of the citizen are fully understood by all police employees and the Security Guards who are frequently the prime instigators in initiating harrassment?
Are disciplinary measures taken against offending officers to focus the minds of the police on their obligations to observe the law, not create their own, as they go along? How many more successful claims against the Police will it take for it to be understood that this behaviour is unacceptable? It serves to further alienate the police service from the law-abiding public, and so is counter-productive in securing the public's cooperation.

 

Why is this idea important?

I grow increasingly concerned, like thousands of my fellow photographers, by the continuing instances of police harrassment of photographers in public places, who are breaking no existing laws.

Despite repeated government confirmations that photographers are free to pursue their business/hobby in public places, and issuance of guidelines to various police forces, day after day cases continue to surface of ill-informed police personnel harrassing these individuals.

The latest case took place a few days ago in Romford. This link,  british-journal-of-photography/news  provides the details.

What further steps are the Home Office taking to ensure that the laws governing this area of the rights of the citizen are fully understood by all police employees and the Security Guards who are frequently the prime instigators in initiating harrassment?
Are disciplinary measures taken against offending officers to focus the minds of the police on their obligations to observe the law, not create their own, as they go along? How many more successful claims against the Police will it take for it to be understood that this behaviour is unacceptable? It serves to further alienate the police service from the law-abiding public, and so is counter-productive in securing the public's cooperation.

 

Registration of Sexual Offenders

Their should be a review process of people put on the SOR

Not for offences involving children but for those offences which are minor

An offender serves a prison sentence and then may be on the SOR for life without the opportunity of proving that he has changed

I say that after a period of time, say 10 years after the sentence Sex Offenders for lesser crimes should have their registration reviewed to see if they are a risk to society or not

Why is this idea important?

Their should be a review process of people put on the SOR

Not for offences involving children but for those offences which are minor

An offender serves a prison sentence and then may be on the SOR for life without the opportunity of proving that he has changed

I say that after a period of time, say 10 years after the sentence Sex Offenders for lesser crimes should have their registration reviewed to see if they are a risk to society or not

Changing CRB

I have had experience of CRB checks in the voluntary and educational sectors. It is completely and utterly ludicrous that I, and millions of others, should undergo multiple checks for each and every activity. This ridicvulous requirement is simply a way of generating hundreds of thousands of pounds of income for Capita. CRB certificates should be portable and valid for 24 months. One college I had an interview at said that any CRB certificate from another organisation could not be used by them to employ anyone if it was more than three months old. That is insane.

Second, I have a conviction in 2002 for a minor offence after a dispute between myself and a neighbout who threatened my two year old child and racially abused my wife. The record does not state that I was not fined and the police and my neighbour were refused costs. However, this revelation lead to me being ousted as Secretary of my local Gingerbread group. Yet nobody has ever suggested that my offence makes me in any way a danger to children.

So my other suggestion is that unless an offence is serious, certificates should simply state that there is no offence on record that makes this individual a threat to children/the elderly/or the vulnerable. In other words details of minor offences should not be revealed unless there is good reason for it. For example if it is one among many offences. I am 56 and that is the only offence on my record.

There is very good evidence that thousands of people have left the voluntary sector, or will not join the sector, because they do not wish minor offences to come to light; offences that are nearly always committed in youth or early adulthood.

I strongly believe that at present the operation of CRB certificates in their current form is a breach of civil liberties and probably infringes the Human Rights Act. Unfortunately I do not have the financial resources to put this to the test in the courts.

Why is this idea important?

I have had experience of CRB checks in the voluntary and educational sectors. It is completely and utterly ludicrous that I, and millions of others, should undergo multiple checks for each and every activity. This ridicvulous requirement is simply a way of generating hundreds of thousands of pounds of income for Capita. CRB certificates should be portable and valid for 24 months. One college I had an interview at said that any CRB certificate from another organisation could not be used by them to employ anyone if it was more than three months old. That is insane.

Second, I have a conviction in 2002 for a minor offence after a dispute between myself and a neighbout who threatened my two year old child and racially abused my wife. The record does not state that I was not fined and the police and my neighbour were refused costs. However, this revelation lead to me being ousted as Secretary of my local Gingerbread group. Yet nobody has ever suggested that my offence makes me in any way a danger to children.

So my other suggestion is that unless an offence is serious, certificates should simply state that there is no offence on record that makes this individual a threat to children/the elderly/or the vulnerable. In other words details of minor offences should not be revealed unless there is good reason for it. For example if it is one among many offences. I am 56 and that is the only offence on my record.

There is very good evidence that thousands of people have left the voluntary sector, or will not join the sector, because they do not wish minor offences to come to light; offences that are nearly always committed in youth or early adulthood.

I strongly believe that at present the operation of CRB certificates in their current form is a breach of civil liberties and probably infringes the Human Rights Act. Unfortunately I do not have the financial resources to put this to the test in the courts.

Scrap current UK-US extradition treaty

The current UK-US extradition treaty was supposed to make it easier to extradite terrorism suspects. Instead the USA has used it to extradite British citizens for civil crimes.

Why is this idea important?

The current UK-US extradition treaty was supposed to make it easier to extradite terrorism suspects. Instead the USA has used it to extradite British citizens for civil crimes.

Centralise CRB database

Each organisation, authority what you will, is required to keep separate CRB checks for employees, or in the education sector, [arents as well. These CRBs can be duplicated over and over again if a person works or moves to different organisations. Why can't a central database be used – as for driving licences, road tax etc.

Why is this idea important?

Each organisation, authority what you will, is required to keep separate CRB checks for employees, or in the education sector, [arents as well. These CRBs can be duplicated over and over again if a person works or moves to different organisations. Why can't a central database be used – as for driving licences, road tax etc.

Repeal Section 63 of the CJIA 2008 (“extreme porn”)

To repeal the possession of "extreme pornography" section (63) of the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008. This makes it illegal to possess staged or faked images if they're judged to be pornographic. This means people have to guess whether a clip on their phone or computer, for instance, is extreme and whether it is pornographic. The law says that possession of some erotic clips taken from BBFC certified films can be illegal, because they're out of context.

Why is this idea important?

To repeal the possession of "extreme pornography" section (63) of the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008. This makes it illegal to possess staged or faked images if they're judged to be pornographic. This means people have to guess whether a clip on their phone or computer, for instance, is extreme and whether it is pornographic. The law says that possession of some erotic clips taken from BBFC certified films can be illegal, because they're out of context.

Human Rights Act

It is time this country abolish the Human Rights Act. This act does not protect innocent people but protects the criminals of this country. It is widely abused by courts and barristers. Abolish it now.

Why is this idea important?

It is time this country abolish the Human Rights Act. This act does not protect innocent people but protects the criminals of this country. It is widely abused by courts and barristers. Abolish it now.

Legal Claim Values

Reduce legal claim values by 95% or more.  At a stroke this will destroy the 'No Win, No Fee' legal aid culture – Lawyers will not offer the service if there is no value in it if they win.  If for example a claim for a sprained ankle due to a pavement trip were to be succesful, and the claimant win £5 instead of £500, the claims would very quickly stop.

Why is this idea important?

Reduce legal claim values by 95% or more.  At a stroke this will destroy the 'No Win, No Fee' legal aid culture – Lawyers will not offer the service if there is no value in it if they win.  If for example a claim for a sprained ankle due to a pavement trip were to be succesful, and the claimant win £5 instead of £500, the claims would very quickly stop.

Repeal RIP Act

I believe the RIP Act should be repealed as it allows snooping without a court order and actually prohibits the person being spied upon being told thus preventing them from mounting a legal challenge.

Why is this idea important?

I believe the RIP Act should be repealed as it allows snooping without a court order and actually prohibits the person being spied upon being told thus preventing them from mounting a legal challenge.

Restore Freedoms

No ID Cards and associated Database.

No RIPA powers for any Local Councils or Govt bodies  under any circumstances,  apart from the Police.

No APNR of innocent people.

No. DNA Database of innocent people.

No CCTV unless it has proven to lower crime in a certain  area.

No Speeding Cameras unless they are proven to have lowered accidents in a certain area,,

No recording of people's phoncalls, text messages, website visits and emails, other than for targetted individuals suspected of serious crime.  And witth a warrant needed from a magistrate.

No Nanny State –  let people decide how to manage their lives , not the state.

No  automatic recording of peoples journeys in and out of the UK unless suspected of a serious crime. And with a warrant needed from a magistrate.

No Control Orders.

No 28 Days Detention without Charge –  lower it to 5-7 days.

No Stop and Search without good reason.

Make the UK a country where Freedoms and Civil Liberties are of paramount importance and the State minds it own business and stays out of our lives !

 

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Why is this idea important?

No ID Cards and associated Database.

No RIPA powers for any Local Councils or Govt bodies  under any circumstances,  apart from the Police.

No APNR of innocent people.

No. DNA Database of innocent people.

No CCTV unless it has proven to lower crime in a certain  area.

No Speeding Cameras unless they are proven to have lowered accidents in a certain area,,

No recording of people's phoncalls, text messages, website visits and emails, other than for targetted individuals suspected of serious crime.  And witth a warrant needed from a magistrate.

No Nanny State –  let people decide how to manage their lives , not the state.

No  automatic recording of peoples journeys in and out of the UK unless suspected of a serious crime. And with a warrant needed from a magistrate.

No Control Orders.

No 28 Days Detention without Charge –  lower it to 5-7 days.

No Stop and Search without good reason.

Make the UK a country where Freedoms and Civil Liberties are of paramount importance and the State minds it own business and stays out of our lives !

 

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Arms Length Organisations

The regulations allowing, in fact encouraging, Local Authorities to move their housing to ALMO's which allows LA's to pretend they are not responsible for these organisations whilst the exact same people/managers/officers still run them should be repealed.

Why is this idea important?

The regulations allowing, in fact encouraging, Local Authorities to move their housing to ALMO's which allows LA's to pretend they are not responsible for these organisations whilst the exact same people/managers/officers still run them should be repealed.

Human Rights Act 1998

The Human Rights  Act 1998 is by far the worst piece of legislation intrduced by the previous government. The idea was fantastic and I believe that everyone is entitled to certain rights. However, this piece of legislation has been hijacked by foreign criminals, terrorists and suspected terrorists. It allows people convicted of serious offences (hijacking etc) to remain in the UK for fear that their life may be indanger if they were deported, putting UK citizens at serious risk. What checks are undertaken by the government and security services with the convicted individuals country of origin to establish how real these risks are?.

Why is this idea important?

The Human Rights  Act 1998 is by far the worst piece of legislation intrduced by the previous government. The idea was fantastic and I believe that everyone is entitled to certain rights. However, this piece of legislation has been hijacked by foreign criminals, terrorists and suspected terrorists. It allows people convicted of serious offences (hijacking etc) to remain in the UK for fear that their life may be indanger if they were deported, putting UK citizens at serious risk. What checks are undertaken by the government and security services with the convicted individuals country of origin to establish how real these risks are?.

Powers of public authorities to enter private homes

There are very many powers which allow public bodies to enter private dwellings without the consent of the owners. such powers need to be examined and curtailed

Why is this idea important?

There are very many powers which allow public bodies to enter private dwellings without the consent of the owners. such powers need to be examined and curtailed

extradition treaty with USA

to amend the one sided extradition treaty,with the USA,so as to keep safe vulnerable UK citizens , and for the treaty to do the job it was set out for and that is to deal with terrorists not civil matters.

Why is this idea important?

to amend the one sided extradition treaty,with the USA,so as to keep safe vulnerable UK citizens , and for the treaty to do the job it was set out for and that is to deal with terrorists not civil matters.

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 )