restore pedestrians rights

pedestrians rights have been eroded following government and local government policies to encourage cycling.  the current laws in place that cyclists are expected to follow should be enforced, and pedestrians should be given rights and the ability to be able to identify cyclists and ensure they are swiftly proesecuted.

Why is this idea important?

pedestrians rights have been eroded following government and local government policies to encourage cycling.  the current laws in place that cyclists are expected to follow should be enforced, and pedestrians should be given rights and the ability to be able to identify cyclists and ensure they are swiftly proesecuted.

Smoking should be allowed to any citizen of age

SMOKING SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO ANY CITIZEN IN THE UK.    MY

OPINION IS THE GOVERMENT GOING OVERBOARD ON UK CITIZENS, WE ARE ADULT ENOUGH TO KNOW IF IT IS GOOD OR BAD FOR US.
RESTAURANTS , CLUBS, HOTELS, ETC.. NON SMOKING WHY?? WE AS HUMANS HAVE OUR ON CHOICE IN WHAT WE DO, NOT BEING ORDERED ON WHAT THEY OBLIGE US TO DO.
20YRS AGO EVERY PERSON ,SMOKING EVERYWHER, HAPPY COUNTRY, NOW SETTING RULES WHAT WE CAN DO AND WHAT WE CAN NOT DO IS RIDECULIOUSE
ORDINARY PEOPLE WHO HAVE RESTURANTS/COFFEE SHOPS ECT… HAS TAKEN BUSINESS DRASTICLLEY DOWN IN THER BUSINESS, WHICH MY OPINIUM DISCRASFULL.
I HAVE STOPPED GOING OUT FOR A NICE MEAL DUE TO THIS, AND I PROMISE MILLIONS MORE ARE DOING THE SAME.
THIS LAW SHOULD BE REVERSED

Why is this idea important?

SMOKING SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO ANY CITIZEN IN THE UK.    MY

OPINION IS THE GOVERMENT GOING OVERBOARD ON UK CITIZENS, WE ARE ADULT ENOUGH TO KNOW IF IT IS GOOD OR BAD FOR US.
RESTAURANTS , CLUBS, HOTELS, ETC.. NON SMOKING WHY?? WE AS HUMANS HAVE OUR ON CHOICE IN WHAT WE DO, NOT BEING ORDERED ON WHAT THEY OBLIGE US TO DO.
20YRS AGO EVERY PERSON ,SMOKING EVERYWHER, HAPPY COUNTRY, NOW SETTING RULES WHAT WE CAN DO AND WHAT WE CAN NOT DO IS RIDECULIOUSE
ORDINARY PEOPLE WHO HAVE RESTURANTS/COFFEE SHOPS ECT… HAS TAKEN BUSINESS DRASTICLLEY DOWN IN THER BUSINESS, WHICH MY OPINIUM DISCRASFULL.
I HAVE STOPPED GOING OUT FOR A NICE MEAL DUE TO THIS, AND I PROMISE MILLIONS MORE ARE DOING THE SAME.
THIS LAW SHOULD BE REVERSED

Land Registry

Make it compulsory to register all land with the land registry within 5 years, with any land unregistered by that date to be regarded as common (state owned) land. 

The land registry should also be placed on-line for anyone to access free of charge. 

Why is this idea important?

Make it compulsory to register all land with the land registry within 5 years, with any land unregistered by that date to be regarded as common (state owned) land. 

The land registry should also be placed on-line for anyone to access free of charge. 

repeal the smoking ban

I believe that the main reason so many pubs and clubs have closed is the smoking ban and not the price of drinks. Thousands of smokers had their social lives ruined with the ban because for a smoker a drink without a cigarette is like an unsalted meal – bland and not worth the bother. I appreciate that some non-smokers find cigarette smoke unpleasant but a way can be found to keep all of us happy, Landlords could choose whether to run a smoking pub, a non-smoking pub or a pub which caters for both with designated areas for each. If this even-handed approach had been adopted from the outset we would not have seen so many people made miserable by taking away one of their main pleasures in life. Neither would there have been the closure of so many great traditional pubs which had been the mainstay of their local communities.

The type of smoker who has stayed away from the pubs since the ban is more often than not a hard-working taxpayer whose only vice is having a drink in one hand and a cigarette (or pipe or cigar) in the other – not a drug-raddled lunatic. We have lost so many of our beloved traditions in this country and I believe this ban is a step too close to a Big Brother society which hopefully no right-minded person wants.

Lastly, it has been a great relief to have the opportunity to voice the feelings of an ordinary person and believe it will be listened to. I think this sort of platform is a good way for the powers-that-be ascertain the feelings of the man-in the street.

Many thanks – and hopefully see you in the pub before very long!

 

Why is this idea important?

I believe that the main reason so many pubs and clubs have closed is the smoking ban and not the price of drinks. Thousands of smokers had their social lives ruined with the ban because for a smoker a drink without a cigarette is like an unsalted meal – bland and not worth the bother. I appreciate that some non-smokers find cigarette smoke unpleasant but a way can be found to keep all of us happy, Landlords could choose whether to run a smoking pub, a non-smoking pub or a pub which caters for both with designated areas for each. If this even-handed approach had been adopted from the outset we would not have seen so many people made miserable by taking away one of their main pleasures in life. Neither would there have been the closure of so many great traditional pubs which had been the mainstay of their local communities.

The type of smoker who has stayed away from the pubs since the ban is more often than not a hard-working taxpayer whose only vice is having a drink in one hand and a cigarette (or pipe or cigar) in the other – not a drug-raddled lunatic. We have lost so many of our beloved traditions in this country and I believe this ban is a step too close to a Big Brother society which hopefully no right-minded person wants.

Lastly, it has been a great relief to have the opportunity to voice the feelings of an ordinary person and believe it will be listened to. I think this sort of platform is a good way for the powers-that-be ascertain the feelings of the man-in the street.

Many thanks – and hopefully see you in the pub before very long!

 

Option for dentists to opt out of NHS

Please repeal whatever law allowed dentists to opt out of the NHS. In Aylesbury there is just ONE NHS dentist and every other practice has given up NHS work in favour of more lucrative private dentistry. I suspect that this is true across the whole of Buckinghamshire. 

Why is this idea important?

Please repeal whatever law allowed dentists to opt out of the NHS. In Aylesbury there is just ONE NHS dentist and every other practice has given up NHS work in favour of more lucrative private dentistry. I suspect that this is true across the whole of Buckinghamshire. 

NHS central database

Uploads of patients records is proceeding apace,  even though many people are unaware that their records are being uploaded, and have not had the chance to make an informed choice as to whether they want this: I understand this database contains many errors, and once you are on it your medical details are accessible to hundreds of thousands of people working for the NHS.

Why is this idea important?

Uploads of patients records is proceeding apace,  even though many people are unaware that their records are being uploaded, and have not had the chance to make an informed choice as to whether they want this: I understand this database contains many errors, and once you are on it your medical details are accessible to hundreds of thousands of people working for the NHS.

Extended role for traffic wardens

Would it not be a valuable consideration that traffic wardens should be obliged to check vehicle tax discs. Individuals have already broken the law by not having one. More seriously, they are likely not to have any car insurance either.

Why is this idea important?

Would it not be a valuable consideration that traffic wardens should be obliged to check vehicle tax discs. Individuals have already broken the law by not having one. More seriously, they are likely not to have any car insurance either.

Family courts and adoptions

The current situation where families can be destroyed by overzealous social workers, using the flimsiest evidence to remove children from loving and caring parents is a total abomination. This is made worse by the fact that there is no requirement for publicity and thus no opportumity for normal appeal processes. The current system cannot be tolerated by a caring and humane society, and would not even be tolerated in many countries considered to be less advanced than ours

Why is this idea important?

The current situation where families can be destroyed by overzealous social workers, using the flimsiest evidence to remove children from loving and caring parents is a total abomination. This is made worse by the fact that there is no requirement for publicity and thus no opportumity for normal appeal processes. The current system cannot be tolerated by a caring and humane society, and would not even be tolerated in many countries considered to be less advanced than ours

Do not submit Social Workers to the tyranny of the HPC

As a health professional that is regulated by the Health Professions Council (HPC), having first hand experience of the dictatorial approach of the HPC, I urge the government not to move the social workers under the control of the HPC.They have a hard enough job without being tyranisd by the HPC imposing their Continuous Professional Development Standards (CPD Standards) on them.

The HPC imposes CPD Standards on their registrants which are not linked to professional competence . They can set arbitrary standards and use bullying tactics. The HPC is not regulated by anybody and they can do what they like. They can impose standards which are not linked to professional competence.  Can you imagine that they can dictate how Social Workers should work without being accountable to any government body. The Department of Health has no power over them. The CHRE has no statutory powers over the HPC – only advisory. A really frightening scenario.

Why is this idea important?

As a health professional that is regulated by the Health Professions Council (HPC), having first hand experience of the dictatorial approach of the HPC, I urge the government not to move the social workers under the control of the HPC.They have a hard enough job without being tyranisd by the HPC imposing their Continuous Professional Development Standards (CPD Standards) on them.

The HPC imposes CPD Standards on their registrants which are not linked to professional competence . They can set arbitrary standards and use bullying tactics. The HPC is not regulated by anybody and they can do what they like. They can impose standards which are not linked to professional competence.  Can you imagine that they can dictate how Social Workers should work without being accountable to any government body. The Department of Health has no power over them. The CHRE has no statutory powers over the HPC – only advisory. A really frightening scenario.

School funding

There always seems to be a shortage of funding for schools for repairs, cleaning, painting, extensions, extra-curricular activities etc.

However every child has 2 parents. For each child at school both parents should be obliged to contribute 1 hour of free labour per week if required. This could usefully be carried out alongside their children to give a sense of involvement and 'ownership' of the school to reduce vandalism. Paying a fee to opt out should not be allowed to maintain participation regardless of wealth. (obvious exceptions for certain jobs, eg sailors, deployed servicemen)

It would also help parents understand that their children are their responsibility and not something to be dumped on the taxpayer.

Why is this idea important?

There always seems to be a shortage of funding for schools for repairs, cleaning, painting, extensions, extra-curricular activities etc.

However every child has 2 parents. For each child at school both parents should be obliged to contribute 1 hour of free labour per week if required. This could usefully be carried out alongside their children to give a sense of involvement and 'ownership' of the school to reduce vandalism. Paying a fee to opt out should not be allowed to maintain participation regardless of wealth. (obvious exceptions for certain jobs, eg sailors, deployed servicemen)

It would also help parents understand that their children are their responsibility and not something to be dumped on the taxpayer.

Freedom?

In Britain the goverment are fond of using words like freedom, in reality what freedom do we really have? We are told what we can say or write, in our schools we are told what we can eat, we are virtually told what we can think. We have speed cameras spying on us we have number plate recognition cameras, we have cameras spying on parking, we have cameras spying on us in the High Street all under the guise of "For Your Safety", "For Your Protection". I am not against cameras in accident black spots or near school entrances but in moderation. I think the Goverment should rethink laws that impinge on personal opinions or preferences. Local Councils and Police should rethink their distribution of cameras and get ride of most of them that are simply just money raisers or spies.

Why is this idea important?

In Britain the goverment are fond of using words like freedom, in reality what freedom do we really have? We are told what we can say or write, in our schools we are told what we can eat, we are virtually told what we can think. We have speed cameras spying on us we have number plate recognition cameras, we have cameras spying on parking, we have cameras spying on us in the High Street all under the guise of "For Your Safety", "For Your Protection". I am not against cameras in accident black spots or near school entrances but in moderation. I think the Goverment should rethink laws that impinge on personal opinions or preferences. Local Councils and Police should rethink their distribution of cameras and get ride of most of them that are simply just money raisers or spies.

Repeal ban on smoking in pubs

If someone is a guest in my house and asks permission to smoke, then it is my right as a host to grant that permission or not.  The same should apply to the landlord of a pub or manager of a restaurant.  Smoking is not itself illegal and whether it is allowed in pubs should not be a government decision, but that of the management of the premises.

Pubs, in country areas especially, are closing at an increasing rate since the smoking ban came in.  Prior to the ban, many people claimed not to go into pubs because of the smokey atmosphere but in my experience most of them still do not do so.  Many villages are in danger of losing their heart as a result of the loss of primary school, village shop/post office, church and pub.  Often the loss of the pub is the last straw which kills the village.

As fewer people smoke, there will be a commercial imperative on pubs to be fully or partly non-smoking until eventually there will be only one pub in any area which caters for smokers, or perhaps one area within the pub.  We may then exercise our right as to whether we go to the smoker bar or the non-smoker.

I write as one who was a heavy smoker for many years but have now been a non-smoker for about 25 years.  I do not think I have the right to deny others the right to smoke just because I no longer do so myself. 

Why is this idea important?

If someone is a guest in my house and asks permission to smoke, then it is my right as a host to grant that permission or not.  The same should apply to the landlord of a pub or manager of a restaurant.  Smoking is not itself illegal and whether it is allowed in pubs should not be a government decision, but that of the management of the premises.

Pubs, in country areas especially, are closing at an increasing rate since the smoking ban came in.  Prior to the ban, many people claimed not to go into pubs because of the smokey atmosphere but in my experience most of them still do not do so.  Many villages are in danger of losing their heart as a result of the loss of primary school, village shop/post office, church and pub.  Often the loss of the pub is the last straw which kills the village.

As fewer people smoke, there will be a commercial imperative on pubs to be fully or partly non-smoking until eventually there will be only one pub in any area which caters for smokers, or perhaps one area within the pub.  We may then exercise our right as to whether we go to the smoker bar or the non-smoker.

I write as one who was a heavy smoker for many years but have now been a non-smoker for about 25 years.  I do not think I have the right to deny others the right to smoke just because I no longer do so myself. 

Improve local choice for parents to send their children to non-faith, co-educational schools

In some areas almost half the local schools are either faith schools or single-sex. This restricts the choice for parents who wish their children to attend a non-faith, co-educational school. Camden and Hackney are two examples. Often these schools are successful leaving parents with a small choice of less good schools. It has been proven that faith schools discriminate against non-middle class families, increasing social division. The state education system should ensure full choice for all by limiting the number of faith and single-sex schools and ensuring a balance of boys’ and girls’ schools in each area, if indeed we need them at all. Non-faith, co-educational schools attracting fewer applicants should be supported financially to improve, until parents no longer feel the need to pretend to go to church to get their children into a better school.

Why is this idea important?

In some areas almost half the local schools are either faith schools or single-sex. This restricts the choice for parents who wish their children to attend a non-faith, co-educational school. Camden and Hackney are two examples. Often these schools are successful leaving parents with a small choice of less good schools. It has been proven that faith schools discriminate against non-middle class families, increasing social division. The state education system should ensure full choice for all by limiting the number of faith and single-sex schools and ensuring a balance of boys’ and girls’ schools in each area, if indeed we need them at all. Non-faith, co-educational schools attracting fewer applicants should be supported financially to improve, until parents no longer feel the need to pretend to go to church to get their children into a better school.

Trapping Licence for Crayfish (American Red Signal)

I think the need to obtain a trapping licence in order to catch American Red Signal Crayfish should be abolished and people should be activly incouraged to catch and eat them. I am a fisherman and my local river the Lee is full of them. I have copied the enviromental damage that these are causing below but also from a fishermans point of view they are making fishing in a lot of rivers and lakes in England almost impossible due to the fact that Crayfish will chew off any bait fished on the lake/river bed. A lot of clubs employ people to trap and remove them from thier waters but even this does not even make a dent in their population.

Environmental Impact

The signal crayfish has had a significant impact on the ecosystems it has colonised in Great Britain. It is a fast growing, highly fecund, aggressive, veracious species, which has few natural predators once it reaches maturity. Being omnivorous they will eat most small aquatic fauna and flora. Signal crayfish burrow, causing extensive damage to riparian verges and subsequently to the whole ecosystem. They predate on and out-compete a number of native species, including several environmentally important fish such as bullheads and stone loach, amphibians, and invertebrate species. Of particular note is the white-clawed crayfish (Austropotamobius pallipes), the only native crayfish species in the U.K. The white-clawed crayfish has been in significant decline in parts of England for some time. This can be attributed to a number of factors, such as pollution and habitat degradation, but an increasingly significant factor has been directcompetition and predation by signal crayfish. To compound the situation further, North American crayfish species, including the signal crayfish, carry a fungal infection called the crayfish plague (Aphanomyces astaci), which is lethal to European crayfish (including our native white-clawed crayfish) and has resulted in their eradication from a number of waters in England. The presence of signal crayfish places a major restriction on national efforts to protect and rehabilitate our native crayfish species.

 

Why is this idea important?

I think the need to obtain a trapping licence in order to catch American Red Signal Crayfish should be abolished and people should be activly incouraged to catch and eat them. I am a fisherman and my local river the Lee is full of them. I have copied the enviromental damage that these are causing below but also from a fishermans point of view they are making fishing in a lot of rivers and lakes in England almost impossible due to the fact that Crayfish will chew off any bait fished on the lake/river bed. A lot of clubs employ people to trap and remove them from thier waters but even this does not even make a dent in their population.

Environmental Impact

The signal crayfish has had a significant impact on the ecosystems it has colonised in Great Britain. It is a fast growing, highly fecund, aggressive, veracious species, which has few natural predators once it reaches maturity. Being omnivorous they will eat most small aquatic fauna and flora. Signal crayfish burrow, causing extensive damage to riparian verges and subsequently to the whole ecosystem. They predate on and out-compete a number of native species, including several environmentally important fish such as bullheads and stone loach, amphibians, and invertebrate species. Of particular note is the white-clawed crayfish (Austropotamobius pallipes), the only native crayfish species in the U.K. The white-clawed crayfish has been in significant decline in parts of England for some time. This can be attributed to a number of factors, such as pollution and habitat degradation, but an increasingly significant factor has been directcompetition and predation by signal crayfish. To compound the situation further, North American crayfish species, including the signal crayfish, carry a fungal infection called the crayfish plague (Aphanomyces astaci), which is lethal to European crayfish (including our native white-clawed crayfish) and has resulted in their eradication from a number of waters in England. The presence of signal crayfish places a major restriction on national efforts to protect and rehabilitate our native crayfish species.

 

Allow Pharmacies/Chemists to dispense anti-biotics without a prescription

Remove the regulation which restricts Pharmacies from dispensing without prescription anti-biotics and higher strength medications (with some limitations of course).  On the continent Pharmacies/Chemists are permitted to dispense anti-biotics and higher strength medicines without a prescription from a GP. Surely this would free up time in GP's surgeries saving the NHS time to deal with more serious cases.

Its worth noting that Pharmacists are trained to do this already is just they are not permitted to do so in this country.

Why is this idea important?

Remove the regulation which restricts Pharmacies from dispensing without prescription anti-biotics and higher strength medications (with some limitations of course).  On the continent Pharmacies/Chemists are permitted to dispense anti-biotics and higher strength medicines without a prescription from a GP. Surely this would free up time in GP's surgeries saving the NHS time to deal with more serious cases.

Its worth noting that Pharmacists are trained to do this already is just they are not permitted to do so in this country.

Amend the destination for revenue from speed cameras

Speeding fines are a form of voluntary tax – anyone who doesn't want to pay them can simply stick to the speed limit and they will not be fined.  Given that the offences take place in a local area why not allow local authorities to collect the revenue generated by this voluntary tax and invest it in their local area – either generally or perhaps with a hypothecated purpose of road repairs.

Why is this idea important?

Speeding fines are a form of voluntary tax – anyone who doesn't want to pay them can simply stick to the speed limit and they will not be fined.  Given that the offences take place in a local area why not allow local authorities to collect the revenue generated by this voluntary tax and invest it in their local area – either generally or perhaps with a hypothecated purpose of road repairs.

Pulse-modulated microwave emissions from masts and mobile phones

Since residents and their pets – 2 got cancer – in my village suffered many symptoms immediately on activation of a phone mast near their homes, I have been studying the reason for the symptoms! Finally, after getting help from  Barrie Trower an expert on microwaves and Andrew Goldsworthy- expert on human biology, I know what is causing damage to human health and our whole environment!

It is the Pulse-modulated non-heating aspect of microwaves emitted from masts and phones which make us ill – causing damage to individual cells wherever they enter our bodies!

Individual Cells form impermeable skins when they sense emissions and cannot communicate with other cells – still living, they continue to develop into benign tumours or carcimonas. The microwaves pierce the skins and take calcium from the cell – in the brain -this is what causes Alzheimers in the old and Autism in the developing foetus in the womb!

In the heart and circulatory system the results are heart attacks; arrhythmia; nose-bleeds; raised blood pressure and strokes.

The worst aspects of microwave emissions are Tetra; Wi-Fi and Wi-Max. Wi-Fi in schools should never have been allowed without preceding stringent tests as children are particularly vulnerable – and there is evidence of damage to Chromosomes and the Human genome.

When have parents or teachers been given the informed opportunity to protect their helpless children against damage to their health? I consider Wi-Fi in schools to be an illegal experiment

 – See Barrie Trower's 'Open Letter to the Chair of the Police Federation' on Tetra being forced on policemen-quote:-

'I believe that this is breaking the law.** If your Officers are not informed of all aspects of this experiment; it contravenes the “Regulations and Ethical Guidelines” – Directives for Human Experimentation – Nuremberg Code (enclosed).  This is to say that the risks of all radiation experiments must be understood before it is started and it cannot be against their will.  At your Airwave Conference 23rd October 2002, your Dr Levey told your Officers: “Use it or resign”. 

 When I told the HPA of my discovery that epidemiological testa in Switzerland had proved that emissions inhibit melatonin – without which we cannot sleep, and insomnia being the main symptom in Kensworth – they refused to investigate on the grounds there is NO PROOF. The SYMPTOMS are the proof! See:Dr Neil Cherry;' EMR reduces melatonin in animals and people'. I hear rumours that the HPA is being abolished! That will save millions of pounds on useless tests which since the late 1990s have proved absolutely nothing -especially not that emissions are safe – because that is impossible!

glyden

Why is this idea important?

Since residents and their pets – 2 got cancer – in my village suffered many symptoms immediately on activation of a phone mast near their homes, I have been studying the reason for the symptoms! Finally, after getting help from  Barrie Trower an expert on microwaves and Andrew Goldsworthy- expert on human biology, I know what is causing damage to human health and our whole environment!

It is the Pulse-modulated non-heating aspect of microwaves emitted from masts and phones which make us ill – causing damage to individual cells wherever they enter our bodies!

Individual Cells form impermeable skins when they sense emissions and cannot communicate with other cells – still living, they continue to develop into benign tumours or carcimonas. The microwaves pierce the skins and take calcium from the cell – in the brain -this is what causes Alzheimers in the old and Autism in the developing foetus in the womb!

In the heart and circulatory system the results are heart attacks; arrhythmia; nose-bleeds; raised blood pressure and strokes.

The worst aspects of microwave emissions are Tetra; Wi-Fi and Wi-Max. Wi-Fi in schools should never have been allowed without preceding stringent tests as children are particularly vulnerable – and there is evidence of damage to Chromosomes and the Human genome.

When have parents or teachers been given the informed opportunity to protect their helpless children against damage to their health? I consider Wi-Fi in schools to be an illegal experiment

 – See Barrie Trower's 'Open Letter to the Chair of the Police Federation' on Tetra being forced on policemen-quote:-

'I believe that this is breaking the law.** If your Officers are not informed of all aspects of this experiment; it contravenes the “Regulations and Ethical Guidelines” – Directives for Human Experimentation – Nuremberg Code (enclosed).  This is to say that the risks of all radiation experiments must be understood before it is started and it cannot be against their will.  At your Airwave Conference 23rd October 2002, your Dr Levey told your Officers: “Use it or resign”. 

 When I told the HPA of my discovery that epidemiological testa in Switzerland had proved that emissions inhibit melatonin – without which we cannot sleep, and insomnia being the main symptom in Kensworth – they refused to investigate on the grounds there is NO PROOF. The SYMPTOMS are the proof! See:Dr Neil Cherry;' EMR reduces melatonin in animals and people'. I hear rumours that the HPA is being abolished! That will save millions of pounds on useless tests which since the late 1990s have proved absolutely nothing -especially not that emissions are safe – because that is impossible!

glyden

Removal of the 70 mph motorway limit.

The 70 mph motorway limit is a relic of the past. Introduced in 1965 when cars lacked the modern safety features that almost every car on Britain's roads today have.  Today most drivers ignore the limit anyway, so why not scrap it completely? At the very least it should be raised.

The autobahn system in which an advisory speed limit of 80 mph is set is very effective and there is no noticeable difference in casualties between German autobahns and British motorways. The fact is for many days of the year it is perfectly safe for a vehicle to travel at speeds greater than 70 mph. And for those days where it isn't? Well I'm sure the British public have the ability to exercise some degree of common sense.

Why is this idea important?

The 70 mph motorway limit is a relic of the past. Introduced in 1965 when cars lacked the modern safety features that almost every car on Britain's roads today have.  Today most drivers ignore the limit anyway, so why not scrap it completely? At the very least it should be raised.

The autobahn system in which an advisory speed limit of 80 mph is set is very effective and there is no noticeable difference in casualties between German autobahns and British motorways. The fact is for many days of the year it is perfectly safe for a vehicle to travel at speeds greater than 70 mph. And for those days where it isn't? Well I'm sure the British public have the ability to exercise some degree of common sense.

Radically revise university admission policy

I see little point in large numbers of students going straight from school to university, just to get any old degree, spending three years learning how to consume large amounts of drink and emerging somewhat unemployable. I therefore suggest the following-:

1)  All students should first experience a year' s paid or voluntary employment or VSO, if that still exists.

2)  Courses should be sponsored by an  employer, as relevant to that employment, after say one year of at least satisfactory service.

3)  More general courses should be completed in 1-2 years or perhaps less with only normal holidays. There is nothing sacrosanct about 3 years.

4)  Students should normally live at home, as in many other countries, and there should be fewer universities, each offering more choice. This also avoids the build up of student debt.

5)  A graduate tax is unnecessary and would need a bureaucracy. Tax should follow earnings.

 

Martin of Sevenoaks, an ancient graduate

Why is this idea important?

I see little point in large numbers of students going straight from school to university, just to get any old degree, spending three years learning how to consume large amounts of drink and emerging somewhat unemployable. I therefore suggest the following-:

1)  All students should first experience a year' s paid or voluntary employment or VSO, if that still exists.

2)  Courses should be sponsored by an  employer, as relevant to that employment, after say one year of at least satisfactory service.

3)  More general courses should be completed in 1-2 years or perhaps less with only normal holidays. There is nothing sacrosanct about 3 years.

4)  Students should normally live at home, as in many other countries, and there should be fewer universities, each offering more choice. This also avoids the build up of student debt.

5)  A graduate tax is unnecessary and would need a bureaucracy. Tax should follow earnings.

 

Martin of Sevenoaks, an ancient graduate

Stop persecuting motorists

Stop persecuting motorists and treating them as a caash cow from which to raise even more tax revenues.

 

Some examples of this persecution are:

* Speed cameras – excessive speed only accounts for 7.3% of all accidents. Bad driving is the big contributor

* Yet another reduction in the alchol limit – drunk driving is not one of the major causes og accidents

* Remove "sleeping policemen" and "speed Cushions". They severely damgage car tyres and suspension systems. Furthermore, due to the slowing down and acceleration of vehicles the additional carbon produced from burnt fuel is detrimental to the environment. The money saved sould be spent on repairing potholes

* Reduce the varied Road Fund Licence fees to affordable levels. £400 for a family car is just too much 

Why is this idea important?

Stop persecuting motorists and treating them as a caash cow from which to raise even more tax revenues.

 

Some examples of this persecution are:

* Speed cameras – excessive speed only accounts for 7.3% of all accidents. Bad driving is the big contributor

* Yet another reduction in the alchol limit – drunk driving is not one of the major causes og accidents

* Remove "sleeping policemen" and "speed Cushions". They severely damgage car tyres and suspension systems. Furthermore, due to the slowing down and acceleration of vehicles the additional carbon produced from burnt fuel is detrimental to the environment. The money saved sould be spent on repairing potholes

* Reduce the varied Road Fund Licence fees to affordable levels. £400 for a family car is just too much 

Cancel the blanket no smoking laws

The No Smoking laws as they stand can be counter business in leisure locations. I am thinking of pubs, bars and restaurants in particular. Market forces should decide whether a pub, or such establishmant, allows smoking or not. If a non-smoker wishes to drink or eat in a non-smoking environment then he/she is free to patronise such an establishment – the reverse is also true. How many pubs are very much down on turnover through this ban? We know that they are going out of business at an unprecedented rate for one reason or another and the non-smoking laws do not help.

Furthermore – the law that a self employed person cannot smoke in their own vehicle is ridiculous – nearly as silly as that same self employed person, working from a home office, not being able to smoke there either.

Why is this idea important?

The No Smoking laws as they stand can be counter business in leisure locations. I am thinking of pubs, bars and restaurants in particular. Market forces should decide whether a pub, or such establishmant, allows smoking or not. If a non-smoker wishes to drink or eat in a non-smoking environment then he/she is free to patronise such an establishment – the reverse is also true. How many pubs are very much down on turnover through this ban? We know that they are going out of business at an unprecedented rate for one reason or another and the non-smoking laws do not help.

Furthermore – the law that a self employed person cannot smoke in their own vehicle is ridiculous – nearly as silly as that same self employed person, working from a home office, not being able to smoke there either.

LHA RATES DISABLED CHILDREN

Currently there is no financial help for disabled children within private rented homes. The LHA states that children regardless of disability have to share with their siblings if under the age of 10. My child has complex and severe learning disabilities and sharing a room with his younger sibling could be fatal due to the none understanding the world around him. I strongly feel that this needs to be looked into as a matter of urgency due to the high risk element.

Local OT could assess disabled children's needs and award an extra bedroom where needed after assessment. This would help disabled children and their families find more affordable accommodation rather than being forced to pay out the extra for the extra room or even more worrying forcing children with learning disabilities to share.

Why is this idea important?

Currently there is no financial help for disabled children within private rented homes. The LHA states that children regardless of disability have to share with their siblings if under the age of 10. My child has complex and severe learning disabilities and sharing a room with his younger sibling could be fatal due to the none understanding the world around him. I strongly feel that this needs to be looked into as a matter of urgency due to the high risk element.

Local OT could assess disabled children's needs and award an extra bedroom where needed after assessment. This would help disabled children and their families find more affordable accommodation rather than being forced to pay out the extra for the extra room or even more worrying forcing children with learning disabilities to share.