Prison Service Order 5000 regulation 2.14 bullet point 13

Prison Service Order 5000 (former prison catering manual) is a long & often updated set of regulations about Prison food. It's one of a the prison service orders online as word documents.

I'd delete this rule 2.14/13 – the table – or add a note that meat substitutes like Quorn are OK. I'm not trying to propose worse food for prisonsers, and the rest of rule 2.14 could stay. It says the same thing in a more up to date and flexible way, suggesting nutricious and varied food. There are other parts of the document about what that means in detail.

Food Group

Minimum Frequency

Meat

Daily

Fruit and Vegetables 

5 portions per day

Poultry

Twice per week

Fish

Twice per week (One of which should be oily)

Supplementary Snack

Per evening

Why is this idea important?

Prison Service Order 5000 (former prison catering manual) is a long & often updated set of regulations about Prison food. It's one of a the prison service orders online as word documents.

I'd delete this rule 2.14/13 – the table – or add a note that meat substitutes like Quorn are OK. I'm not trying to propose worse food for prisonsers, and the rest of rule 2.14 could stay. It says the same thing in a more up to date and flexible way, suggesting nutricious and varied food. There are other parts of the document about what that means in detail.

Food Group

Minimum Frequency

Meat

Daily

Fruit and Vegetables 

5 portions per day

Poultry

Twice per week

Fish

Twice per week (One of which should be oily)

Supplementary Snack

Per evening

Wrapping Fish & Chips in Newspaper

One good example of reusing/recycling that we no longer have due to percieved health fears, and the newspaper never actually touched the food anyway it was just the insulation.

Why is this idea important?

One good example of reusing/recycling that we no longer have due to percieved health fears, and the newspaper never actually touched the food anyway it was just the insulation.

Give Farmers Precedence Over Foxes

Repeal or change the Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Act 2002
and the Hunting Act 2004.

Having lost 20 hens to foxes sofar this year (out of a small group producing 3 to 10 eggs per day), I met a fox chasing a cloud of flapping squaking hens in my garden last Sunday.

I had my dogs with me, but under current legislation am not allowed to let them “hunt” the fox.

What lunacy! The fox vanished into cover where there is no possibility of shooting, and has been back since.

The hens are not happy if they are shut in. I feel my rights to keep free range hens should take precedence over the rights granted to foxes by the previous government.

Please repeal or change this misguided legislation and untie my hands.

Why is this idea important?

Repeal or change the Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Act 2002
and the Hunting Act 2004.

Having lost 20 hens to foxes sofar this year (out of a small group producing 3 to 10 eggs per day), I met a fox chasing a cloud of flapping squaking hens in my garden last Sunday.

I had my dogs with me, but under current legislation am not allowed to let them “hunt” the fox.

What lunacy! The fox vanished into cover where there is no possibility of shooting, and has been back since.

The hens are not happy if they are shut in. I feel my rights to keep free range hens should take precedence over the rights granted to foxes by the previous government.

Please repeal or change this misguided legislation and untie my hands.

EU Common Fishery Policy quotas

Bring an end to the lunacy of the current EU Common Fishery Policy quotas that do the very opposite of what they originally set out to achieve.

This will not happen until such time as the Commission, its advisers and those policing its policies get it into their tiny minds that there can be no conservation whilst we continue to return large quantities of perfectly healthy but unwanted or immature fish to the sea – dead.

A quota regime that totally ignores in its calculations that portion of the catch that is discarded has no place in a conservation policy. It is high time that any controls were based on the entire catch and not just on the landed portion.

Other than EU politicians, who will defend their beloved quota until the seas dry up, this failing is universally recognised especially by fishermen themselves.

What is surely needed is a quota based on catches not landings, a requirement to land the entire catch, a system that will allow governments to make local decisions to ban fishing in areas from which large volumes of immature fish are being taken and an increase in net mesh size if appropriate.

(I don't know how this diktat is integrated into British law – presumably it's there somewhere!)

Why is this idea important?

Bring an end to the lunacy of the current EU Common Fishery Policy quotas that do the very opposite of what they originally set out to achieve.

This will not happen until such time as the Commission, its advisers and those policing its policies get it into their tiny minds that there can be no conservation whilst we continue to return large quantities of perfectly healthy but unwanted or immature fish to the sea – dead.

A quota regime that totally ignores in its calculations that portion of the catch that is discarded has no place in a conservation policy. It is high time that any controls were based on the entire catch and not just on the landed portion.

Other than EU politicians, who will defend their beloved quota until the seas dry up, this failing is universally recognised especially by fishermen themselves.

What is surely needed is a quota based on catches not landings, a requirement to land the entire catch, a system that will allow governments to make local decisions to ban fishing in areas from which large volumes of immature fish are being taken and an increase in net mesh size if appropriate.

(I don't know how this diktat is integrated into British law – presumably it's there somewhere!)

Repeal the Exemption for Religious Slaughter of Animals

The Slaughterhouses Act 1974 c.3 (part II (3)) allows for the slaughter of animals without prior stunning,  This exemption must be repealed in order that all animals are rendered insensible to pain at slaughter.  

Why is this idea important?

The Slaughterhouses Act 1974 c.3 (part II (3)) allows for the slaughter of animals without prior stunning,  This exemption must be repealed in order that all animals are rendered insensible to pain at slaughter.  

Free our Bacon – Bacon for all

I think all the meat eaters here can admit pigs are pretty darn amazing animals and very tasty as well.  Probably the tastiest part of all is Bacon, one of the greatest meats.

 

Unfortunately though, as other cultures come in to the UK, companies are afraid of offending or not accepting people who eat Halal meat.  However in trying to accommodate them, you exclude born and bred citizens from a right to eat an amazing part of an amazing animal. 

This has lead to crazy situations where restaurants such as KFC (in over 100 branches) wont allow products such as burgers with bacon, because according to how Halal meat is prepared, bacon typically used in burgers cant even be prepared in the same restaurant.

 

I don't mind people of different faiths residing here, but it goes too far when I am told what I can’t eat in public just because I might offend people.  Does anyone care that the tastiest meat ever has been stripped away from my lips?

 

Where are our rights?  Why is society so consumed with offending others at the cost of being draconian and taking away my freedom of choice?

Why is this idea important?

I think all the meat eaters here can admit pigs are pretty darn amazing animals and very tasty as well.  Probably the tastiest part of all is Bacon, one of the greatest meats.

 

Unfortunately though, as other cultures come in to the UK, companies are afraid of offending or not accepting people who eat Halal meat.  However in trying to accommodate them, you exclude born and bred citizens from a right to eat an amazing part of an amazing animal. 

This has lead to crazy situations where restaurants such as KFC (in over 100 branches) wont allow products such as burgers with bacon, because according to how Halal meat is prepared, bacon typically used in burgers cant even be prepared in the same restaurant.

 

I don't mind people of different faiths residing here, but it goes too far when I am told what I can’t eat in public just because I might offend people.  Does anyone care that the tastiest meat ever has been stripped away from my lips?

 

Where are our rights?  Why is society so consumed with offending others at the cost of being draconian and taking away my freedom of choice?

Increase import tax on food items

We all know about the decline in our own farming. There are many programmes on television now showing us how and where our food is produced and we all want to reduce our food air miles.

With companies like Mc Donalds importing their chicken from south America because it is cheaper, surely it would be of benifit to increase import tax on such products so that our farmers could supply firms like these.

Buying food items out of season, as we all know, is now a way of life, and I dont think we would be able to change the mindset of the general public, but making out of season imported food items more expensive, then we may start to change the buying habits of a lot of people looking for cheaper produce at that time of year. Which will be non imported british grown food.

It may well be impractical to increase import tax on all food items, but surely we could start with the food items we know we can produce well in this country. Cows, sheep,pigs and chicken. The government should make it impossible for a person to buy a lamb cheaper from New Zealand than from Wales.

Finally, with UK farmers employimg more staff and making more money for themselves, this would increase the amount of income tax paid, which also helps the british economy.

Its all very well and good buying meat, fruit and vegetables from overseas, but it shouldnt be so cheap to do so.

Why is this idea important?

We all know about the decline in our own farming. There are many programmes on television now showing us how and where our food is produced and we all want to reduce our food air miles.

With companies like Mc Donalds importing their chicken from south America because it is cheaper, surely it would be of benifit to increase import tax on such products so that our farmers could supply firms like these.

Buying food items out of season, as we all know, is now a way of life, and I dont think we would be able to change the mindset of the general public, but making out of season imported food items more expensive, then we may start to change the buying habits of a lot of people looking for cheaper produce at that time of year. Which will be non imported british grown food.

It may well be impractical to increase import tax on all food items, but surely we could start with the food items we know we can produce well in this country. Cows, sheep,pigs and chicken. The government should make it impossible for a person to buy a lamb cheaper from New Zealand than from Wales.

Finally, with UK farmers employimg more staff and making more money for themselves, this would increase the amount of income tax paid, which also helps the british economy.

Its all very well and good buying meat, fruit and vegetables from overseas, but it shouldnt be so cheap to do so.

Cutting red tape for small farms

Much of the damage to wildlife results from big farms with big fields all doing the same thing at the same time. Small farms (less then 100 acres) have smaller fields, and have an economic need to do things differently from their neighbours.

Small farms do not get the commercial discounts that their larger neighbours get. They also suffer from having to pay minimum charges for many services required under European Waste Directive etc. Sometimes the minimum charge is larger then the entire profit on small enterprises. Householders get the same ammount of rubbish disposed of free.

Livestock disposal cost is much higher for small farms then for large farms. On one occasion I calculated that we paid more per kilogram to dispose of 2 still born lambs then a large commercial farm paid in fines and disposal costs after illegally disposing of nearly 200tons of carcasses.

Electronic Identification of sheep (EID) costs much more for a small flock then for a large one. Officially the cost is about 60p, but after the cost of the application tool is taken into account it costs about £2.00 a sheep for our flock. (We couldn't possibly buy the machine which reads the tags)

Transport licences: We have a rare breed flock and need to buy in one ram every 3 years to avoid in-breeding. The nearest flock of the same breed is over 100 miles away. (We provide a unique insurance against foot and mouth etc for this breed that only has about 500 sheep in the world) Without a licence we can only transport our sheep 40km. Getting the licence for transporting our own sheep would cost £150 and involve 2 days away from our small business. Paying anyone else to transport them would cost more. 

Farmers get their ORDERS from DEFRA, and sometimes (in our case) from the Welsh Assembly (WA). The division of responsibilities bewteen these two organisations is not clear. Sometimes the WA website just links straight through to DEFRA, sometimes neither seems to have relavant information.

We have to apply for Rural Payements Agency forms to the local WA Dept of Ag office. We have a very reliable local postal service, but vital Rural Payements Agency forms often go missing. After 10 years, and having completely lost the opportunity to get Single Farm Payments because of undelivered forms, I have only just discovered that the forms are posted to Wales from somewhere in England. What is worse, WA Dept Ag staff do not even know where the forms actually come from! THis makes affective chasing of lost forms almost impossible.

When we were turned down for Single Farm Payment we were told that there was a two stage appeal. We tried the first stage, but couldn't go onto the second stage because the charge was more then we had in the bank, and was about 25% of the payment we would have gained if the appeal was succesful.

Surprisingly, having failed to get SFP we were told we could still get Tyr Cynnal (Entry level environment scheme) We would have to stick to a management scheme. I wrote out a scheme that had succesfully supported summer Grasshopper Warblers and winter Snipe but as soon as I presented it it was screwed up and thrown on the floor. We were told to obey a plan from Brussels. The field cannot be grazed or topped at the time Brussels allows as it is usually waterlogged at that time of year. The field is now swamped with rushes, we have lost the Grasshopper Warblers and Snipe and are losing the very rare Whorled Carraway which used to blossom there. I have seen no new species. Although we run the farm as a nature reserve with 1/2 acres fields the extra boundary regulations took 16% of our land out of production.

Also there are no grants available to help very small farms to diversify into non farming enterprises. All that are available require match funding that exceeds that available from cash flow. Banks are, apparently, not interested in small rural enterprises. 

I am sure that many farmers have similar stories and can give many other examples of damaging red tape.

  

Why is this idea important?

Much of the damage to wildlife results from big farms with big fields all doing the same thing at the same time. Small farms (less then 100 acres) have smaller fields, and have an economic need to do things differently from their neighbours.

Small farms do not get the commercial discounts that their larger neighbours get. They also suffer from having to pay minimum charges for many services required under European Waste Directive etc. Sometimes the minimum charge is larger then the entire profit on small enterprises. Householders get the same ammount of rubbish disposed of free.

Livestock disposal cost is much higher for small farms then for large farms. On one occasion I calculated that we paid more per kilogram to dispose of 2 still born lambs then a large commercial farm paid in fines and disposal costs after illegally disposing of nearly 200tons of carcasses.

Electronic Identification of sheep (EID) costs much more for a small flock then for a large one. Officially the cost is about 60p, but after the cost of the application tool is taken into account it costs about £2.00 a sheep for our flock. (We couldn't possibly buy the machine which reads the tags)

Transport licences: We have a rare breed flock and need to buy in one ram every 3 years to avoid in-breeding. The nearest flock of the same breed is over 100 miles away. (We provide a unique insurance against foot and mouth etc for this breed that only has about 500 sheep in the world) Without a licence we can only transport our sheep 40km. Getting the licence for transporting our own sheep would cost £150 and involve 2 days away from our small business. Paying anyone else to transport them would cost more. 

Farmers get their ORDERS from DEFRA, and sometimes (in our case) from the Welsh Assembly (WA). The division of responsibilities bewteen these two organisations is not clear. Sometimes the WA website just links straight through to DEFRA, sometimes neither seems to have relavant information.

We have to apply for Rural Payements Agency forms to the local WA Dept of Ag office. We have a very reliable local postal service, but vital Rural Payements Agency forms often go missing. After 10 years, and having completely lost the opportunity to get Single Farm Payments because of undelivered forms, I have only just discovered that the forms are posted to Wales from somewhere in England. What is worse, WA Dept Ag staff do not even know where the forms actually come from! THis makes affective chasing of lost forms almost impossible.

When we were turned down for Single Farm Payment we were told that there was a two stage appeal. We tried the first stage, but couldn't go onto the second stage because the charge was more then we had in the bank, and was about 25% of the payment we would have gained if the appeal was succesful.

Surprisingly, having failed to get SFP we were told we could still get Tyr Cynnal (Entry level environment scheme) We would have to stick to a management scheme. I wrote out a scheme that had succesfully supported summer Grasshopper Warblers and winter Snipe but as soon as I presented it it was screwed up and thrown on the floor. We were told to obey a plan from Brussels. The field cannot be grazed or topped at the time Brussels allows as it is usually waterlogged at that time of year. The field is now swamped with rushes, we have lost the Grasshopper Warblers and Snipe and are losing the very rare Whorled Carraway which used to blossom there. I have seen no new species. Although we run the farm as a nature reserve with 1/2 acres fields the extra boundary regulations took 16% of our land out of production.

Also there are no grants available to help very small farms to diversify into non farming enterprises. All that are available require match funding that exceeds that available from cash flow. Banks are, apparently, not interested in small rural enterprises. 

I am sure that many farmers have similar stories and can give many other examples of damaging red tape.

  

Laws preventing home cooked food being sold

i dont know the rules but suspect its some Food Hygeine Regs but i read in the Mail that the WI cannot sell jam any more

 

this is silly, lets repeal it, very few people ever get sick from food any more its silly to be so OTT

Why is this idea important?

i dont know the rules but suspect its some Food Hygeine Regs but i read in the Mail that the WI cannot sell jam any more

 

this is silly, lets repeal it, very few people ever get sick from food any more its silly to be so OTT

let milk be milk – repealing pasteurisation laws

To allow organic farmers to sell their milk unpasteurised once again – as far as I can tell, this is due to economic pressure by the FSA (food standards authority)

Why is this idea important?

To allow organic farmers to sell their milk unpasteurised once again – as far as I can tell, this is due to economic pressure by the FSA (food standards authority)

FSA Guidelines

Mu Idea: Make FSA (Food Standards Agency) Guidlines Simple & Binding.

When the EU issues legislation, the FSA issues Guidelines. These guidlines have 2 major flaws.

1.) They are not a legal document, they refer you back to the EU legislation for clarifications

2.) They are not industry specific.

Why is this idea important?

Mu Idea: Make FSA (Food Standards Agency) Guidlines Simple & Binding.

When the EU issues legislation, the FSA issues Guidelines. These guidlines have 2 major flaws.

1.) They are not a legal document, they refer you back to the EU legislation for clarifications

2.) They are not industry specific.

Charge VAT on imported food

If the cost of food manufactured, grown or packaged outside the UK had 10% VAT charged on it, people would be encouraged to buy British.

It would give an enormous boost to jobs in industry and agriculture in this country.

It could well pay for itself several times over by reduced reliance on the state.

It might mean that the rise in VAT to 20% on many manufactured goods was no longer necessary.

Unless, of course, the EU says we wouldn't be allowed to do it…

Why is this idea important?

If the cost of food manufactured, grown or packaged outside the UK had 10% VAT charged on it, people would be encouraged to buy British.

It would give an enormous boost to jobs in industry and agriculture in this country.

It could well pay for itself several times over by reduced reliance on the state.

It might mean that the rise in VAT to 20% on many manufactured goods was no longer necessary.

Unless, of course, the EU says we wouldn't be allowed to do it…

Vastly reduce the number of pointless automated announcements at major railway stations.

For the government to consider a new legislation to limit, reduce or curtail the sheer number of pointlessly intrusive automated [public address system] announcements at major railway stations (often done on the spurious pretexts of health and safety and security).

Why is this idea important?

For the government to consider a new legislation to limit, reduce or curtail the sheer number of pointlessly intrusive automated [public address system] announcements at major railway stations (often done on the spurious pretexts of health and safety and security).

Abolish or strictly limit ‘use by’ dates on commodities

Allow people and businesses to use their senses including common sense to decide whether food items are fit for consumption.  'Use by' dates on such as honey, found palatable after 5000 years in a Pharoah's tomb and bottled water advertised as 'filtered through rocks for a thousand years' are just ludicrous.  Or at the very least limit the rigidity of 'use by' dates to items where unfitness for comsumption can be truly dangerous to health and/or can be concealed by the unscrupulous.  For example allow retailers deeply to discount or give away fresh food that is past its best but perefectly palatable.

Why is this idea important?

Allow people and businesses to use their senses including common sense to decide whether food items are fit for consumption.  'Use by' dates on such as honey, found palatable after 5000 years in a Pharoah's tomb and bottled water advertised as 'filtered through rocks for a thousand years' are just ludicrous.  Or at the very least limit the rigidity of 'use by' dates to items where unfitness for comsumption can be truly dangerous to health and/or can be concealed by the unscrupulous.  For example allow retailers deeply to discount or give away fresh food that is past its best but perefectly palatable.

Downsize the Food Standards Agency

Downsize the Food Standards Agency and reduce its remit to what its name suggests – testing and analysing food for safety standards, as regards additives and adulterants. Remove the remit for the FSA to produce ever more hectoring propanganda regarding what food we should eat and how much (and for all I know how and when we should eat it).

Why is this idea important?

Downsize the Food Standards Agency and reduce its remit to what its name suggests – testing and analysing food for safety standards, as regards additives and adulterants. Remove the remit for the FSA to produce ever more hectoring propanganda regarding what food we should eat and how much (and for all I know how and when we should eat it).

Change the organic farming system

Currently we have an artificial division between organic and non-organic farmers. Organic farmers pay to be certified that they do not use chemical fertilisers and pesticides. The have to deal with a lot of paperwork and undergo inspections. Instead we should require farms using chemical fertilisers and pesticides to be registered, keep records of how such things are used/disposed of, pay for training in their correct use and disposal.

Why is this idea important?

Currently we have an artificial division between organic and non-organic farmers. Organic farmers pay to be certified that they do not use chemical fertilisers and pesticides. The have to deal with a lot of paperwork and undergo inspections. Instead we should require farms using chemical fertilisers and pesticides to be registered, keep records of how such things are used/disposed of, pay for training in their correct use and disposal.

introduce tax on more food

There is so much wastage on food and drink in the UK.

We should tax higher for foods with very high fat and/or very high sugar and or high salt content.

We should eat less and  use our money more wisely.

Fast food outlets hsoul serve smaller portions

We need a national food amnesty and obesity campaign starting in primary schools

We need to give more to charities.

Why is this idea important?

There is so much wastage on food and drink in the UK.

We should tax higher for foods with very high fat and/or very high sugar and or high salt content.

We should eat less and  use our money more wisely.

Fast food outlets hsoul serve smaller portions

We need a national food amnesty and obesity campaign starting in primary schools

We need to give more to charities.

Transparancy in nutritional labeling standards for food

Currently supermarkets are getting away with making food seem healthier by bunging in whey powder, cheese powder etc into products that never traditionally had them (bread/crackers etc) so as to make the protein ratio higher, thereby making the fat & sugar percentages look lower. This is hoodwinking the public & completely unnacceptable. It's also making things more difficult for those with dairy allergies, vegans etc as they have to scrutinise ingredient lists for milk products where they would never before expect to find them.

Why is this idea important?

Currently supermarkets are getting away with making food seem healthier by bunging in whey powder, cheese powder etc into products that never traditionally had them (bread/crackers etc) so as to make the protein ratio higher, thereby making the fat & sugar percentages look lower. This is hoodwinking the public & completely unnacceptable. It's also making things more difficult for those with dairy allergies, vegans etc as they have to scrutinise ingredient lists for milk products where they would never before expect to find them.

make it easier for companies to give away food

my idea is to change the regulations that require food shops to secure their waste bins so that people cannot  search through them for perfectly edible yet expired food. or if the issue is the danger of people getting into large bins then there should be some provision of a place where people can safely access this source of food.

Why is this idea important?

my idea is to change the regulations that require food shops to secure their waste bins so that people cannot  search through them for perfectly edible yet expired food. or if the issue is the danger of people getting into large bins then there should be some provision of a place where people can safely access this source of food.

Increase taxes on imported food funding tax breaks for local produce

There should be a new tax levied onto all foodstuffs imported into the country, designed to be high enough to force the price to be increased in supermarkets and shops.

In conjunction, this could fund a tax break for all locally produced foods, making these foods cheaper to produce, stimulating local economies and farms and reducing the pollution caused by the massive container ships delivering food to this country that we can quite happily produce ourselves if we had the right incentive to do so.

This tax could also fund important technologies such as large greenhouse networks, producing fresh fruits that might not ordinarily be produced in the UK.

Why is this idea important?

There should be a new tax levied onto all foodstuffs imported into the country, designed to be high enough to force the price to be increased in supermarkets and shops.

In conjunction, this could fund a tax break for all locally produced foods, making these foods cheaper to produce, stimulating local economies and farms and reducing the pollution caused by the massive container ships delivering food to this country that we can quite happily produce ourselves if we had the right incentive to do so.

This tax could also fund important technologies such as large greenhouse networks, producing fresh fruits that might not ordinarily be produced in the UK.

Fair Treatment for Israel

Especially towards the end of the last administration the sovereign nation of Israel has received unfair treatment. My idea would be to reversal thre o of the policies and treat the sovereign country like any other country. The first policy to stop the use of the term, "occupied terroritory" for the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Israel did not enter Gaza or the West Bank in the same manner that Sadaam Hussein enterd Kuwait or the Russian entered Afghanistan. Instead the West Bank and Gaza came into being as terrority, rightfully caputred during the Six Day, in which Egypt, Jordan, and Syria tried to destroy Israel. As a result of the war the terrorities became a part of Israel. This means Israel has a right to the land just like the US has a right to the land caputured from the Native Americans.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/shared/spl/hi/middle_east/03/v3_israel_palestinians/maps/html/six_day_war.stm

Second reversal would be to seek the reversal of the labelling of products that come from Israel. It serves no purpose other than to inflame feeling on the subject and it works contrary to public policy. Furthermore it seeks to further divide the public and as a consumer it will make me seek out products from Israel so that I can support the country.  

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/israel/3371576/Britain-seeks-block-on-EU-imports-from-Israeli-settlements.html

http://www.defra.gov.uk/foodfarm/food/pdf/labelling-palestine.pdf

Third would the removing the of war crime warrants and fear of being prosecuted for war crimes for Israeli diplomats entering the UK.

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/middle_east/article6977002.ece

http://www.haaretz.com/news/dichter-cancels-u-k-trip-over-fears-of-war-crimes-arrest1.234670

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/middle_east/article5908235.ece

Why is this idea important?

Especially towards the end of the last administration the sovereign nation of Israel has received unfair treatment. My idea would be to reversal thre o of the policies and treat the sovereign country like any other country. The first policy to stop the use of the term, "occupied terroritory" for the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Israel did not enter Gaza or the West Bank in the same manner that Sadaam Hussein enterd Kuwait or the Russian entered Afghanistan. Instead the West Bank and Gaza came into being as terrority, rightfully caputred during the Six Day, in which Egypt, Jordan, and Syria tried to destroy Israel. As a result of the war the terrorities became a part of Israel. This means Israel has a right to the land just like the US has a right to the land caputured from the Native Americans.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/shared/spl/hi/middle_east/03/v3_israel_palestinians/maps/html/six_day_war.stm

Second reversal would be to seek the reversal of the labelling of products that come from Israel. It serves no purpose other than to inflame feeling on the subject and it works contrary to public policy. Furthermore it seeks to further divide the public and as a consumer it will make me seek out products from Israel so that I can support the country.  

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/israel/3371576/Britain-seeks-block-on-EU-imports-from-Israeli-settlements.html

http://www.defra.gov.uk/foodfarm/food/pdf/labelling-palestine.pdf

Third would the removing the of war crime warrants and fear of being prosecuted for war crimes for Israeli diplomats entering the UK.

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/middle_east/article6977002.ece

http://www.haaretz.com/news/dichter-cancels-u-k-trip-over-fears-of-war-crimes-arrest1.234670

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/middle_east/article5908235.ece

Food Labeling

All food should have labeled what is in it. currently some products such as bread and alcohol are exempt from placing their ingredients on the packaging. Other food products can abstain from revealing the full contents using umbrella terms such as 'natural flavorings' .

In addition a system of clear and universal labeling should be applied for all dietary requirements, kosher, halal, vegetarian/vegan, celiac, etc, etc.

Why is this idea important?

All food should have labeled what is in it. currently some products such as bread and alcohol are exempt from placing their ingredients on the packaging. Other food products can abstain from revealing the full contents using umbrella terms such as 'natural flavorings' .

In addition a system of clear and universal labeling should be applied for all dietary requirements, kosher, halal, vegetarian/vegan, celiac, etc, etc.

Lift the ban on slaughtering domestic livestock at home

Currently it is illegal to slaughter animals and birds for personal consumption in the home, Obviously freshly killed meat is tastier and healthier than stale supermarket produce. I feel it is also immoral to consume the flesh of an animal that one has not killed by one's own hand. That surely is nature's way.

Admittedly some regulation is needed. It would be impractical, for instance, to slaughter a cow in a small apartment. In such cases maybe developers could supply communal slaughter facilities. In the majority of cases however the slaughter of sheep, pigs, chickens etc could easily be accomplished in a suitably equipped kitchen by a reasonably competent person. Admittedly the first few attempts could be messy but practice makes perfect. 

It is obviously illogical for the government to believe it can poke its nose into our kitchens while keeping out of our bedrooms and  a partial reversion to a hunter-gatherer life-style would surely aid the reduction of the defecit. Enough of the nanny state!  After all, we're all in this together!

Why is this idea important?

Currently it is illegal to slaughter animals and birds for personal consumption in the home, Obviously freshly killed meat is tastier and healthier than stale supermarket produce. I feel it is also immoral to consume the flesh of an animal that one has not killed by one's own hand. That surely is nature's way.

Admittedly some regulation is needed. It would be impractical, for instance, to slaughter a cow in a small apartment. In such cases maybe developers could supply communal slaughter facilities. In the majority of cases however the slaughter of sheep, pigs, chickens etc could easily be accomplished in a suitably equipped kitchen by a reasonably competent person. Admittedly the first few attempts could be messy but practice makes perfect. 

It is obviously illogical for the government to believe it can poke its nose into our kitchens while keeping out of our bedrooms and  a partial reversion to a hunter-gatherer life-style would surely aid the reduction of the defecit. Enough of the nanny state!  After all, we're all in this together!