Freedom to use the country

To follow Scandanavian principles of being able to freely camp in the wild, and make licensing service stations dependent on allowing people to stay in cars or vans overnight whilst in transit (as in Europe).

Why is this idea important?

To follow Scandanavian principles of being able to freely camp in the wild, and make licensing service stations dependent on allowing people to stay in cars or vans overnight whilst in transit (as in Europe).

Abolish road tax

We should abolish road tax as there are to many people dodging it anyway, and most of these appear to be the "boy racer" types. So I propose that road tax be scrapped and instead 5p a litre be put on fuel.

So only those who use excessive amounts fuel actually pay more and the goverment could introduce tax breaks for businesses that use the road a lot, (trucking firms for example).

 

Why is this idea important?

We should abolish road tax as there are to many people dodging it anyway, and most of these appear to be the "boy racer" types. So I propose that road tax be scrapped and instead 5p a litre be put on fuel.

So only those who use excessive amounts fuel actually pay more and the goverment could introduce tax breaks for businesses that use the road a lot, (trucking firms for example).

 

Smoking

I do think the law on not smoking is mad !

First it is legal to smoke and give a lot of revenue to the governement , and having completly a band  on smoking in Pubs has affected trade is a very bad way , which it is not good for the economie!

The law should be:

If you have a Pub you should choose to be a smoking Pub or a non smoking Pub , so that people who cannot stand the cigarette smoke can go and have a drink semewhere smoke free and those who like to enjoy a pint with a cigarette can go to a Pub and do so .

 This is a compromise for everybody !!

Why is this idea important?

I do think the law on not smoking is mad !

First it is legal to smoke and give a lot of revenue to the governement , and having completly a band  on smoking in Pubs has affected trade is a very bad way , which it is not good for the economie!

The law should be:

If you have a Pub you should choose to be a smoking Pub or a non smoking Pub , so that people who cannot stand the cigarette smoke can go and have a drink semewhere smoke free and those who like to enjoy a pint with a cigarette can go to a Pub and do so .

 This is a compromise for everybody !!

Education Maintenance Allowance

How is it fair that EMA is given to people just because they attend college or sixth form? I know people who are currently at my sixth form who turn up just because of EMA. It is said that EMA is used for study reasons. A number of people I know use it for other purposes, NOT study reasons. I think this is unfair for people who cannot claim this just because their parents earn over a certain amount a year. Our parents are the ones that are paying these people in tax so I think it should be abolished all together or everybody should have the right to claim it. You can claim up to 30 pound a week…I mean I have a part time job and I can't even earn that on a saturday! There is this stereotypical way of thinking that parents who earn over a certain amount a year give the equivalent amount of money to their children…This is wrong. Do something about this.

Why is this idea important?

How is it fair that EMA is given to people just because they attend college or sixth form? I know people who are currently at my sixth form who turn up just because of EMA. It is said that EMA is used for study reasons. A number of people I know use it for other purposes, NOT study reasons. I think this is unfair for people who cannot claim this just because their parents earn over a certain amount a year. Our parents are the ones that are paying these people in tax so I think it should be abolished all together or everybody should have the right to claim it. You can claim up to 30 pound a week…I mean I have a part time job and I can't even earn that on a saturday! There is this stereotypical way of thinking that parents who earn over a certain amount a year give the equivalent amount of money to their children…This is wrong. Do something about this.

Smoking

I agree with the other tags regarding smoking in pubs and restaurants, which say that smoking areas could be segregated.  Since the ban was introduced there have been hundreds of pubs that have closed and there are very many that are still struggling as they do not have the land/space to create external smoking areas.  Pubs are a British tradition.  Repeal this awful law.

Why is this idea important?

I agree with the other tags regarding smoking in pubs and restaurants, which say that smoking areas could be segregated.  Since the ban was introduced there have been hundreds of pubs that have closed and there are very many that are still struggling as they do not have the land/space to create external smoking areas.  Pubs are a British tradition.  Repeal this awful law.

Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA)

Why pay children to stay on at school – their parents are already getting child benefit and the vast majority are receiving Working Families tax credits – it is one way of ensuring that a child thinks its okay to start of on a life of thinking thta's it ok to sit back and wait for Government handouts rather than getting of their backsides and getting a job like we used to have to do not so many years ago.

Why is this idea important?

Why pay children to stay on at school – their parents are already getting child benefit and the vast majority are receiving Working Families tax credits – it is one way of ensuring that a child thinks its okay to start of on a life of thinking thta's it ok to sit back and wait for Government handouts rather than getting of their backsides and getting a job like we used to have to do not so many years ago.

Repeal (some of) the anti-smoking laws

 

Smoking as such is not illegal; nor is it immoral, at least where consenting adults are concerned. Smokers pay a huge amount of tax to the Government. And yet we can't light up in the pub, even if the landlord and the other customers think it's acceptable. Apart from anything else, this law is helping to destroy the British pub, a hugely important social institution which has historically been a tolerant place where everyone – even the sinner – is welcome.  Legislation for intolerance in this context is, in this sense, deeply anti-British. What we need is a system of segregation – at the discretion of the landlord – combined with GOOD smoke extraction technologies. As for staff who work in the smoking area, we simply need to give THEM the freedom to choose. This really is all about liberty.

Why is this idea important?

 

Smoking as such is not illegal; nor is it immoral, at least where consenting adults are concerned. Smokers pay a huge amount of tax to the Government. And yet we can't light up in the pub, even if the landlord and the other customers think it's acceptable. Apart from anything else, this law is helping to destroy the British pub, a hugely important social institution which has historically been a tolerant place where everyone – even the sinner – is welcome.  Legislation for intolerance in this context is, in this sense, deeply anti-British. What we need is a system of segregation – at the discretion of the landlord – combined with GOOD smoke extraction technologies. As for staff who work in the smoking area, we simply need to give THEM the freedom to choose. This really is all about liberty.

Remove forced medication (fluoride) from our drinking water

Water fluoridation is forcing people in fluoridated areas to drink what they may well (with much justification) consider to be a serious human toxin. It is very expensive to remove fluoride as most filters do not do so, and boiling simply concentrates it.  Therefore the government needs to repeal the Water Acts of 2003/2005 which promote water fluoridation and in their place outlaw the practice,l but supply free fluoride tablets to those who want to take them.

Why is this idea important?

Water fluoridation is forcing people in fluoridated areas to drink what they may well (with much justification) consider to be a serious human toxin. It is very expensive to remove fluoride as most filters do not do so, and boiling simply concentrates it.  Therefore the government needs to repeal the Water Acts of 2003/2005 which promote water fluoridation and in their place outlaw the practice,l but supply free fluoride tablets to those who want to take them.

Anti Smoking Laws

The laws on smoking should be revised to allow an establishment i.e. pub or restaurant (if they wish) to have a separate and closed off area where people can smoke rather than needing to face the external elements.

The establishment would need to display a notice on the outside of the place indicating that it was not entirely smoke free.

This would assist in the reversal of the decline of pubs and working mans clubs.

Why is this idea important?

The laws on smoking should be revised to allow an establishment i.e. pub or restaurant (if they wish) to have a separate and closed off area where people can smoke rather than needing to face the external elements.

The establishment would need to display a notice on the outside of the place indicating that it was not entirely smoke free.

This would assist in the reversal of the decline of pubs and working mans clubs.

Repeal the smoking ban

The current smoking ban is far too restrictive. Smokers will be happy to be segregated from non-smokers in pubs, restaurants etc, but under the current law they are forced to smoke outside in all weather.

Some people will continue to smoke no matter how high the price of tabacco and how many restrictions are forced upon them.

The smoking ban has had a direct effect on the closure of pubs and bars throughout the country.

Most of these establishments had an inside smoking area that had extractor fans in use before the total ban of smoking in a public area. These can be used again, as I said most smokers would be happy to be segregated.

Why is this idea important?

The current smoking ban is far too restrictive. Smokers will be happy to be segregated from non-smokers in pubs, restaurants etc, but under the current law they are forced to smoke outside in all weather.

Some people will continue to smoke no matter how high the price of tabacco and how many restrictions are forced upon them.

The smoking ban has had a direct effect on the closure of pubs and bars throughout the country.

Most of these establishments had an inside smoking area that had extractor fans in use before the total ban of smoking in a public area. These can be used again, as I said most smokers would be happy to be segregated.

DVLA driver information disclosure

Repeal /amend  the law that allows the DVLA to disclose personal information of vehicle ownership  to private companies and individuals in pursuance of alleged parking offences etc..  This information is regularly used by unscrupulous so called 'parking enforcement' organisations to pressurise and intimidate the named individual.

This information should only be disclosed to the police and other statutory legal authority.

Why is this idea important?

Repeal /amend  the law that allows the DVLA to disclose personal information of vehicle ownership  to private companies and individuals in pursuance of alleged parking offences etc..  This information is regularly used by unscrupulous so called 'parking enforcement' organisations to pressurise and intimidate the named individual.

This information should only be disclosed to the police and other statutory legal authority.

Law restricting children to 10 days family holiday

The law against children taking more than 10 days family holiday per year, punishable with £100 fine per child.

Schools take a high moral ground point of viewwhen they are giving permission even for days within the 10 day limit.

1: School trips to the countryside or abroad or wherever are always touted as ''valuable not to be missed opportunities''

The benefits of school trips cannot be underestimated for their ability to widen the childrens point of view and encourage them to take a greater interest in other cultures, the countryside, history, etc.

Family holidays to the same places are regarded by school as detrimental to the child's education, ''a day missed of education can never be made up''

 

2: Easy to show that children who take more days off from school have worse results, this does not mean this is the cause but a correlation.

 

3:This law is like a 9 p.m curfew for the whole population, definitely has  a positive result in fewer problems on the streets at night but is just a blanket restriction on freedom.

 

4: Family holidays taken in term time are

better for holiday time availability and flexibility for working parents

better for businesses for flexibility

better for class sizes

better for spreading the load on transport systems

better for less mental stress of bank holiday style mass movements of people

better for holiday business to have a more consistent income

better for price affordability

better to develop childrens flexibility, ability to fit in and catch up

 

5: Family holidays are extremely important for many good reasons and need to be recognised as important.

Family holidays are a time when families can relax and communicate together, children can reflect and absorb.

 

6:The attitude of attendance being such an important are of school needs adjustment

Achievement, communication, cooperation, flexibility, contribution, acceptance of differing people and their views and respect for people to live their lives differently need to be encouraged.

 

This is a lazy and immoral law restricting everyone's freedom and is turning schools into prisons instead of places of creativity communication and passion for learning

Why is this idea important?

The law against children taking more than 10 days family holiday per year, punishable with £100 fine per child.

Schools take a high moral ground point of viewwhen they are giving permission even for days within the 10 day limit.

1: School trips to the countryside or abroad or wherever are always touted as ''valuable not to be missed opportunities''

The benefits of school trips cannot be underestimated for their ability to widen the childrens point of view and encourage them to take a greater interest in other cultures, the countryside, history, etc.

Family holidays to the same places are regarded by school as detrimental to the child's education, ''a day missed of education can never be made up''

 

2: Easy to show that children who take more days off from school have worse results, this does not mean this is the cause but a correlation.

 

3:This law is like a 9 p.m curfew for the whole population, definitely has  a positive result in fewer problems on the streets at night but is just a blanket restriction on freedom.

 

4: Family holidays taken in term time are

better for holiday time availability and flexibility for working parents

better for businesses for flexibility

better for class sizes

better for spreading the load on transport systems

better for less mental stress of bank holiday style mass movements of people

better for holiday business to have a more consistent income

better for price affordability

better to develop childrens flexibility, ability to fit in and catch up

 

5: Family holidays are extremely important for many good reasons and need to be recognised as important.

Family holidays are a time when families can relax and communicate together, children can reflect and absorb.

 

6:The attitude of attendance being such an important are of school needs adjustment

Achievement, communication, cooperation, flexibility, contribution, acceptance of differing people and their views and respect for people to live their lives differently need to be encouraged.

 

This is a lazy and immoral law restricting everyone's freedom and is turning schools into prisons instead of places of creativity communication and passion for learning

Repeal motorcycle crash helmet law

The wearing of approved crash helmets on motorcycles is currently compulsory, and we frequently see proposals to extend the compulsory use of protective and high-visibility riding gear.

While it cannot be argued that such equipment can mitigate the severity of injuries caused in an accident, there is evidence that wearing full protective gear makes riders "feel" safer and inclines them to take more risk – increasing the likelihood of an accident which may injure both rider and others.

The case for compulsion is not watertight, and the decision to wear a helmet or not should be left to the rider.  The risk is all borne by the rider; so should be the responsibility.  This is the view being taken in an increasing number of US states, so why not here?

Why is this idea important?

The wearing of approved crash helmets on motorcycles is currently compulsory, and we frequently see proposals to extend the compulsory use of protective and high-visibility riding gear.

While it cannot be argued that such equipment can mitigate the severity of injuries caused in an accident, there is evidence that wearing full protective gear makes riders "feel" safer and inclines them to take more risk – increasing the likelihood of an accident which may injure both rider and others.

The case for compulsion is not watertight, and the decision to wear a helmet or not should be left to the rider.  The risk is all borne by the rider; so should be the responsibility.  This is the view being taken in an increasing number of US states, so why not here?

‘Ban’ smoking ban in pubs. Give the Landlord/Landlady the choice.

Pubs have been hammered by the smoking ban financialy. Many traditional British pubs have been closed because of a lack of punters, who would rather stay in to enjoy a cigarette in the warmth with their drink. Also, with rising prices of alcohol on top of this, it has caused many pubs to struggle making money and many across the U.K have had to close their doors forever. Even after hundreds of years of being a functional pub in some cases.

I see sense only in giving the landlord/landlady a choice in whether 'his' pub should be a Non-Smoking pub or not. If the pub is serving food he should be able to have the choice in whether he wants a completely smoke free pub or a split pub with one smoking zone and one non smoking zone.

Why is this idea important?

Pubs have been hammered by the smoking ban financialy. Many traditional British pubs have been closed because of a lack of punters, who would rather stay in to enjoy a cigarette in the warmth with their drink. Also, with rising prices of alcohol on top of this, it has caused many pubs to struggle making money and many across the U.K have had to close their doors forever. Even after hundreds of years of being a functional pub in some cases.

I see sense only in giving the landlord/landlady a choice in whether 'his' pub should be a Non-Smoking pub or not. If the pub is serving food he should be able to have the choice in whether he wants a completely smoke free pub or a split pub with one smoking zone and one non smoking zone.

Dog access to grouse moors

Dogs should be alowed to walk on grouse moors outside shooting days on a short lead. Some areas resrict large areas of access land from dog owners when they are only used for shooting 1 or 2 days a year. Dogs on a lead will cause no more disturbance than other walkers throughout the year. Many or the restrictions are not sign posted from the road so that you only come across them half way through a walk. Many of the restrictions are in place because land owners do not like the CROW act and are only trying to get their own back by putting as many obstacles in the way of walkers rather than for practical reasons associated with their livelyhood. This seems to be a problem in largwe ares of Northumberland, Durham and East Cumbria. The grouse moors in Derbyshire, and Yorkshire all sem to opperate perfectly well without trying to enforce dog bans.

Why is this idea important?

Dogs should be alowed to walk on grouse moors outside shooting days on a short lead. Some areas resrict large areas of access land from dog owners when they are only used for shooting 1 or 2 days a year. Dogs on a lead will cause no more disturbance than other walkers throughout the year. Many or the restrictions are not sign posted from the road so that you only come across them half way through a walk. Many of the restrictions are in place because land owners do not like the CROW act and are only trying to get their own back by putting as many obstacles in the way of walkers rather than for practical reasons associated with their livelyhood. This seems to be a problem in largwe ares of Northumberland, Durham and East Cumbria. The grouse moors in Derbyshire, and Yorkshire all sem to opperate perfectly well without trying to enforce dog bans.

Scrap Bus Lanes

Scrap Bus Lanes and get the country moving again. I sit in the London traffic watching Bus after Bus using the Bus Lane with just a few passengers on board, a good example is Gower street and New Kent Road. Open up the roads and get rid of the 'Traffic Calming' barriers which turn the side streets into 'Dead ends'

Why is this idea important?

Scrap Bus Lanes and get the country moving again. I sit in the London traffic watching Bus after Bus using the Bus Lane with just a few passengers on board, a good example is Gower street and New Kent Road. Open up the roads and get rid of the 'Traffic Calming' barriers which turn the side streets into 'Dead ends'

Motoring offences increase in fines for court hearing

Currently, anyone accused of a motoring offence who chooses to defend the charge in court is faced with the threat of increased fines/penalty. The situation is take the conditional offer of penalty points & a fine or risk greater punishment if found guilty in court. This is a fundamental erosion of the legal principle of 'Innocent until Proven Guilty' and a shocking attack of our rights under English Law.

Why is this idea important?

Currently, anyone accused of a motoring offence who chooses to defend the charge in court is faced with the threat of increased fines/penalty. The situation is take the conditional offer of penalty points & a fine or risk greater punishment if found guilty in court. This is a fundamental erosion of the legal principle of 'Innocent until Proven Guilty' and a shocking attack of our rights under English Law.