Abolish the Department for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport

I propose the abolition of the above department. It has only really existed since the Major government, and is a luxury that this country cannot afford.

Qualifying organisations who have benefited from the largesse of the department can given a tax break to compensate for the loss of grant income. For those who only exist because of handouts, any individual or company who wishes to sponsor a suitable project can be given a tax break in support. This can be administered within the existing structure of HMRC.

Why is this idea important?

I propose the abolition of the above department. It has only really existed since the Major government, and is a luxury that this country cannot afford.

Qualifying organisations who have benefited from the largesse of the department can given a tax break to compensate for the loss of grant income. For those who only exist because of handouts, any individual or company who wishes to sponsor a suitable project can be given a tax break in support. This can be administered within the existing structure of HMRC.

Limit Listed Building regulation to public features listed

It is reasonable that publicly accessible or viewable elevations of Listed buildings should be protected by Listed Building regulation in addition to general Planning regulation.  It is also reasonable that alterations to all buildings are subject to Building Regulations.

However, many planning departments seem to 'make work' by insisting upon their additional 'Listed Building' regulation of alterations to the private interiors of private homes on the basis that a given property had been 'Listed' after cursory  visual inspection of the exterior only in the 1970's.

This can lead to oppressive conduct by Planning officials, including threatening language and invasion of privacy, and the arbitrary refusal of consent for reasonable alterations, such as, for example, the replacement of a poor quality – even dangerous – staircase with new high quality staircase.  Such oppressive conduct seems mostly to be directed at private individuals, not substantial companies.

Listed Building regulations for private homes should be limited to those features of such properties that were itemised in the original Listing.

Why is this idea important?

It is reasonable that publicly accessible or viewable elevations of Listed buildings should be protected by Listed Building regulation in addition to general Planning regulation.  It is also reasonable that alterations to all buildings are subject to Building Regulations.

However, many planning departments seem to 'make work' by insisting upon their additional 'Listed Building' regulation of alterations to the private interiors of private homes on the basis that a given property had been 'Listed' after cursory  visual inspection of the exterior only in the 1970's.

This can lead to oppressive conduct by Planning officials, including threatening language and invasion of privacy, and the arbitrary refusal of consent for reasonable alterations, such as, for example, the replacement of a poor quality – even dangerous – staircase with new high quality staircase.  Such oppressive conduct seems mostly to be directed at private individuals, not substantial companies.

Listed Building regulations for private homes should be limited to those features of such properties that were itemised in the original Listing.

Translation

Remove translation service to people who cannot speak English, if they need translation make the individual responsible for the cost not the state

Why is this idea important?

Remove translation service to people who cannot speak English, if they need translation make the individual responsible for the cost not the state

Require that public and new buildings make some energy

Why can't government bite the bullet and require that all public buildings make energy using renewable sources for example solar water heating and in particulare solar electricity? British schools would generate huge amounts of energy in the six weeks that they're empty. How much would that eventually save? New houses should also be included. Imagine the sell back savings and perhaps even for the reduction in windfarms.

Why is this idea important?

Why can't government bite the bullet and require that all public buildings make energy using renewable sources for example solar water heating and in particulare solar electricity? British schools would generate huge amounts of energy in the six weeks that they're empty. How much would that eventually save? New houses should also be included. Imagine the sell back savings and perhaps even for the reduction in windfarms.

Shared Information Technology

Why do all Governement Depts need their own IT departments, policies and systems. Why can't many services be shared – one network for communications, one procurement department (do each dept really need to decide what colour of laptop they have), shared data centres etc. etc.

There are probably similar communities/types of dept that could be grouped and procure of delivery their own services on sharded basis = for example why can't all local goverment in a region use the same systems and shared services.

It requires ploiticalk will and proper management – no good if lots of committees take years to get agreement on what they will have – by then the IT worls will have left them behind. Give someone the responsibility to make it happen and tell each dept what they are going to get – i.e. what the tax payer can afford

Why is this idea important?

Why do all Governement Depts need their own IT departments, policies and systems. Why can't many services be shared – one network for communications, one procurement department (do each dept really need to decide what colour of laptop they have), shared data centres etc. etc.

There are probably similar communities/types of dept that could be grouped and procure of delivery their own services on sharded basis = for example why can't all local goverment in a region use the same systems and shared services.

It requires ploiticalk will and proper management – no good if lots of committees take years to get agreement on what they will have – by then the IT worls will have left them behind. Give someone the responsibility to make it happen and tell each dept what they are going to get – i.e. what the tax payer can afford

Make existing laws more deterministic

Many laws  are very liberally sprinkled with words like 'reasonable' & 'undue' which were intended by lawmakers to allow judges and juries discretion to determine justice.

It does however, mean that many lawyers and judges are employed, and courts full to the brim with, people arguing over whats 'reasonable' or 'undue' – (at great length too !)

After practical experience of judging these cases, the laws should be amended to remove much, if not all of the loose wording so that :-

a) Justice is clear and deterministic

b) Court cases will be shorter and easier, saving enormous amounts of public money.

Why is this idea important?

Many laws  are very liberally sprinkled with words like 'reasonable' & 'undue' which were intended by lawmakers to allow judges and juries discretion to determine justice.

It does however, mean that many lawyers and judges are employed, and courts full to the brim with, people arguing over whats 'reasonable' or 'undue' – (at great length too !)

After practical experience of judging these cases, the laws should be amended to remove much, if not all of the loose wording so that :-

a) Justice is clear and deterministic

b) Court cases will be shorter and easier, saving enormous amounts of public money.

Euthanasia Law

Laws against euthanasia should be repealed surel it is everyones right to choose to die. An added bonus would be a reduction  in NHS costs and Pensions, Disability Living Allowance and Incapacity benefit. Also Attendance Allowance.

Why is this idea important?

Laws against euthanasia should be repealed surel it is everyones right to choose to die. An added bonus would be a reduction  in NHS costs and Pensions, Disability Living Allowance and Incapacity benefit. Also Attendance Allowance.

Abolish Road Fund Licence

My proposal is simple and often commented on amongst my friends.

If the road fund licence was abolished it couldbe replaced with a pay as you drive system of funding road repairs.  The tax would be collected by adding £0.0025 per litre of fuel sold.

Why is this idea important?

My proposal is simple and often commented on amongst my friends.

If the road fund licence was abolished it couldbe replaced with a pay as you drive system of funding road repairs.  The tax would be collected by adding £0.0025 per litre of fuel sold.

Repeal Drugs Prohibition

The UK has long participated in the "Global War On Drugs". In spite of this, all research and anecdotal evidence suggests that the use of currently illegal drugs is increasing.

Arguements are made pertaining to the health and societal aspects of drug use being detrimental to the country. This is almost always overstated and often detracts from rational discussion on the subject.

What is proposed?

  • The prohibition of all drugs currently illegal to posses or use should end.
  • Those who wish to purchase previously illegal drugs should be able to obtain them from licenced and reputable vendors such as chemists.
  • Registration could be implemented in order to allow analysis of purchasing patterns to identify those who are potentially at risk from any proven health concerns.
  • VAT to be applied to these sales earning the government much needed revenue.
  • Quality control to be ensured by those licenced to manufacture and supply.

Why is this idea important?

The UK has long participated in the "Global War On Drugs". In spite of this, all research and anecdotal evidence suggests that the use of currently illegal drugs is increasing.

Arguements are made pertaining to the health and societal aspects of drug use being detrimental to the country. This is almost always overstated and often detracts from rational discussion on the subject.

What is proposed?

  • The prohibition of all drugs currently illegal to posses or use should end.
  • Those who wish to purchase previously illegal drugs should be able to obtain them from licenced and reputable vendors such as chemists.
  • Registration could be implemented in order to allow analysis of purchasing patterns to identify those who are potentially at risk from any proven health concerns.
  • VAT to be applied to these sales earning the government much needed revenue.
  • Quality control to be ensured by those licenced to manufacture and supply.