British Citizens – Expatriates – State Retirement Pension Equality

Remove the use of 'reciprocal arrangements' and other unnecessary barriers (some of questionable legality), currently preventing the upgrading of UK tax-paying, expatriate British citizens' State Retirement Pensions.

Why is this idea important?

Remove the use of 'reciprocal arrangements' and other unnecessary barriers (some of questionable legality), currently preventing the upgrading of UK tax-paying, expatriate British citizens' State Retirement Pensions.

Foreign prisoners

I definitely want to abolish the laws which say that convicted foreigners cannot be deported as it will infringe on their human rights or that they may be subject to ill-treatment in their home country. It seems that so many foreigners here are released from prison and then receive huge amounts of State Benefits, housing, health care etc etc etc!. We have enough home bred criminals to pay for without the need for foreigners. No other nation would provide such a free ride for criminals and it's time we stopped doing it too.

Why is this idea important?

I definitely want to abolish the laws which say that convicted foreigners cannot be deported as it will infringe on their human rights or that they may be subject to ill-treatment in their home country. It seems that so many foreigners here are released from prison and then receive huge amounts of State Benefits, housing, health care etc etc etc!. We have enough home bred criminals to pay for without the need for foreigners. No other nation would provide such a free ride for criminals and it's time we stopped doing it too.

Abolish the British Council

Abolish the British council and save around 200+ million a year for the taxpayer.

Basically the British council founded in the 1930's was about teaching people in the then Empire about Britian and how to speak English.Promoting the country and its values.

We know longer have an Empire, approx half the world speaks English of some form or another and it is the international language of business.We have a foreign office to promote our trade and interests and I think most of the world knows what we are about these days and if not ,there is always the internet.

Apart from providing nice little jobs for failed politicians and their offspring (how is life in the valley Neil ?) this institution serves no purpose and belongs in the last century.

Why is this idea important?

Abolish the British council and save around 200+ million a year for the taxpayer.

Basically the British council founded in the 1930's was about teaching people in the then Empire about Britian and how to speak English.Promoting the country and its values.

We know longer have an Empire, approx half the world speaks English of some form or another and it is the international language of business.We have a foreign office to promote our trade and interests and I think most of the world knows what we are about these days and if not ,there is always the internet.

Apart from providing nice little jobs for failed politicians and their offspring (how is life in the valley Neil ?) this institution serves no purpose and belongs in the last century.

Health & Safety for government employees overseas

I work in a British Embassy overseas (not saying which one for fear of identification!).  Since I arrived here, I've been AMAZED at the health and safety rules applied to staff housing.  In one of the biggest cities in the world, only four apartment blocks are deemed "safe" for staff to live in.  I have asked to live in a number of different apartments, but they have been turned down because (I quote) "the internal glazing is too thin" or "balustrades do not meet UK safety standards".  I believe that if you are asking employees to be responsible for UK foreign policy, they can probably also be responsible for watching out for the balustrades in their apartments.  This is taken to absolutely ridiculous lengths – for instance, mattresses have been shipped out from the UK to the other side of the world for all staff flats, as locally bought IKEA mattresses are deemed unsafe (although they meet EU safety standards).  This is all justified as part of an employers "duty of care" stemming from Health & Safety legislation.

Not only is this unnecessary control of people's personal lives (who wants to live in the same apartment block as their boss and colleagues….?), it's also a massive waste of tax-payers money.  Unsurprisingly, all the "safe" apartment blocks are the most expensive in town.  Every other apartment I have tried to move to has been much cheaper and would have been a saving to the public purse.  There is also a whole team of people employed in the Embassy responsible for enforcing these ridiculous rules.

In direct comparison, none of the other Embassies or multi-national companies in the city have any health & safety restrictions on staff housing.  This means people choose what is best for them and their families, are happier, more productive and the employers save money. 

My idea is very simple: The government should interpret "duty of care" legislation in a proportionate way.  Where the security situation allows, UK government employees overseas should be allowed to choose their own housing without health and safety restrictions.  If there is a real potential safety issue (e.g. electrical problems), staff should be asked if they want to accept the risk themselves (sign a disclaimer).

Why is this idea important?

I work in a British Embassy overseas (not saying which one for fear of identification!).  Since I arrived here, I've been AMAZED at the health and safety rules applied to staff housing.  In one of the biggest cities in the world, only four apartment blocks are deemed "safe" for staff to live in.  I have asked to live in a number of different apartments, but they have been turned down because (I quote) "the internal glazing is too thin" or "balustrades do not meet UK safety standards".  I believe that if you are asking employees to be responsible for UK foreign policy, they can probably also be responsible for watching out for the balustrades in their apartments.  This is taken to absolutely ridiculous lengths – for instance, mattresses have been shipped out from the UK to the other side of the world for all staff flats, as locally bought IKEA mattresses are deemed unsafe (although they meet EU safety standards).  This is all justified as part of an employers "duty of care" stemming from Health & Safety legislation.

Not only is this unnecessary control of people's personal lives (who wants to live in the same apartment block as their boss and colleagues….?), it's also a massive waste of tax-payers money.  Unsurprisingly, all the "safe" apartment blocks are the most expensive in town.  Every other apartment I have tried to move to has been much cheaper and would have been a saving to the public purse.  There is also a whole team of people employed in the Embassy responsible for enforcing these ridiculous rules.

In direct comparison, none of the other Embassies or multi-national companies in the city have any health & safety restrictions on staff housing.  This means people choose what is best for them and their families, are happier, more productive and the employers save money. 

My idea is very simple: The government should interpret "duty of care" legislation in a proportionate way.  Where the security situation allows, UK government employees overseas should be allowed to choose their own housing without health and safety restrictions.  If there is a real potential safety issue (e.g. electrical problems), staff should be asked if they want to accept the risk themselves (sign a disclaimer).

Stop overseas aid until we as a country are back on our feet

It seems crazy to me a country on the verge of being broke. Cutting public spending and people will lose their jobs. Yet we can find billions to give other countries in aid. There is an old saying charity begins at home.

Why is this idea important?

It seems crazy to me a country on the verge of being broke. Cutting public spending and people will lose their jobs. Yet we can find billions to give other countries in aid. There is an old saying charity begins at home.

Provision of Accommodation to Failed Asylum Seekers

The ‘The Immigration and Asylum (Provision of Accommodation to Failed Asylum-Seekers) Regulations 2005’ provide for failed asylum seekers to be forced to undertake community work in exchange for accomodation. These regulations have never been enforced and so should repealed.

Why is this idea important?

The ‘The Immigration and Asylum (Provision of Accommodation to Failed Asylum-Seekers) Regulations 2005’ provide for failed asylum seekers to be forced to undertake community work in exchange for accomodation. These regulations have never been enforced and so should repealed.

The EU in general

Whatever law it may be, or whatever bill it is, would the gentlemen of the co-alition government care to take back power from Brussels and restore it back into our parliament?

All of the petty buerocracy, like bent bananas, selling items in kilo's, not having a "dozen" eggs etc etc.  What exactly are these poeple doing with there time, other than needlessly interfering with our lives.  Perhaps a change back to common sense will happen?

I await with bated-breath.

Why is this idea important?

Whatever law it may be, or whatever bill it is, would the gentlemen of the co-alition government care to take back power from Brussels and restore it back into our parliament?

All of the petty buerocracy, like bent bananas, selling items in kilo's, not having a "dozen" eggs etc etc.  What exactly are these poeple doing with there time, other than needlessly interfering with our lives.  Perhaps a change back to common sense will happen?

I await with bated-breath.

disappearance of Great Britain?

We are neither in nor out of the EU.  Give the public the facts on costs, disadvantages and advantages AND HOLD A REFERENDUM (for the british citizenship) AS HAS BEEN PROMISED SO MANY TIMES.

We can then either opt in or out of ALL EU law and should do so immediately the referendum results are known

Why is this idea important?

We are neither in nor out of the EU.  Give the public the facts on costs, disadvantages and advantages AND HOLD A REFERENDUM (for the british citizenship) AS HAS BEEN PROMISED SO MANY TIMES.

We can then either opt in or out of ALL EU law and should do so immediately the referendum results are known

All EU laws

All EU laws passed during the last 40 years should be repealed now and the British people released from the scurge of the EU. The best way is to leave now and save the country £40 million every day.

Why is this idea important?

All EU laws passed during the last 40 years should be repealed now and the British people released from the scurge of the EU. The best way is to leave now and save the country £40 million every day.