Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000

Remove the right for local councils and others to use these powers. Restricting these powers to the Police only and only when there is sufficient judicial oversite into their use (i.e. not just acting as a rubber stamp.)

Why is this idea important?

Remove the right for local councils and others to use these powers. Restricting these powers to the Police only and only when there is sufficient judicial oversite into their use (i.e. not just acting as a rubber stamp.)

Legalisation of Cannabis.

All laws banning the possession, consumption and cultivation of cannabis should be scrapped immediately.

Licensed premises should be established where the sales of cannabis to adults over the age of 21 can take place.  A limit on the amount a person can purchase at any one time (7 grams?) could be introduced.  These premises would be able to either grow their own produce or purchase it from licensed cultivators to avoid a similar 'back door supply' problem as experienced in the Netherlands. 

Licensed cultivators should be able to produce cannabis for retail sales in secure areas/locations and be subject to strict quality control.

The growing of cannabis for personal use should be allowed with a  pre-determined limit on the number of plants allowed in any one garden.

The possession and use of cannabis should not be tolerated in the presence of minors instead specialised shops would provide outdoor smoking areas where cannabis can be consumed safely.

Why is this idea important?

All laws banning the possession, consumption and cultivation of cannabis should be scrapped immediately.

Licensed premises should be established where the sales of cannabis to adults over the age of 21 can take place.  A limit on the amount a person can purchase at any one time (7 grams?) could be introduced.  These premises would be able to either grow their own produce or purchase it from licensed cultivators to avoid a similar 'back door supply' problem as experienced in the Netherlands. 

Licensed cultivators should be able to produce cannabis for retail sales in secure areas/locations and be subject to strict quality control.

The growing of cannabis for personal use should be allowed with a  pre-determined limit on the number of plants allowed in any one garden.

The possession and use of cannabis should not be tolerated in the presence of minors instead specialised shops would provide outdoor smoking areas where cannabis can be consumed safely.

Freedom of Opinion, Freedom to Disagree (Religion and Lifestyle)

To disagree firmly, fundamentally and categorically with any religion or lifestyle, so long it is done without aggression or threat, should be maintained as the right of any UK citizen. Yet a Christian minister has apparently recently been arrested for speaking out against homosexuality. Likewise expressing concerns regarding the rise of Islam such as the establishment of Sharia law in the UK and free reign given to the building of mosques in the UK etc, according to some, should be outlawed and classed as abusive and racist. Such factors that are creeping into our legal system are tantamount to the denial of free speech, and the denial of freedom of opinion.

Why is this idea important?

To disagree firmly, fundamentally and categorically with any religion or lifestyle, so long it is done without aggression or threat, should be maintained as the right of any UK citizen. Yet a Christian minister has apparently recently been arrested for speaking out against homosexuality. Likewise expressing concerns regarding the rise of Islam such as the establishment of Sharia law in the UK and free reign given to the building of mosques in the UK etc, according to some, should be outlawed and classed as abusive and racist. Such factors that are creeping into our legal system are tantamount to the denial of free speech, and the denial of freedom of opinion.

Detention without Trial

Detention without trial is just wrong and completely absurd in a 'free' democratic society. It is the kind of policy of Stalinist Russia.

Laws that allow the bullying and victimisation of individual should not be legal. If an individual is such a threat they can be monitored, whether officially if necessary or covertly while evidence is gathered.

Ironically, this measure meant to stop terrorism has lead to a rise in terrorism and hatred of our government and the West in general, as this victimisation and bullying has caused mass disenfranchisement, disillusionment and anger which in turn promote radical activities and beliefs

 

This law makes the UK far more dangerous for every individual, as well as those who may be directly affected.

Why is this idea important?

Detention without trial is just wrong and completely absurd in a 'free' democratic society. It is the kind of policy of Stalinist Russia.

Laws that allow the bullying and victimisation of individual should not be legal. If an individual is such a threat they can be monitored, whether officially if necessary or covertly while evidence is gathered.

Ironically, this measure meant to stop terrorism has lead to a rise in terrorism and hatred of our government and the West in general, as this victimisation and bullying has caused mass disenfranchisement, disillusionment and anger which in turn promote radical activities and beliefs

 

This law makes the UK far more dangerous for every individual, as well as those who may be directly affected.

Removal of onerous legislation surrounding weddings

Allow more freedom of where, and how to get married in the UK (particularly England and Wales as I understand Scotland already has more liberal rules on this).

Why is this idea important?

Allow more freedom of where, and how to get married in the UK (particularly England and Wales as I understand Scotland already has more liberal rules on this).

Repeal the law allowing detention without trial

Simply put, the idea proposes the restoration of the habeas corpus acts of Magna Carta (1215), 1640, 1679, 1803, 1804, 1816 and 1862 that treat everyone as innocent until proven guilty, by demanding that a prisoner be taken before a court, and that the custodian presents proof of authority, allowing the court to determine if the custodian has lawful authority to detain the person.

Why is this idea important?

Simply put, the idea proposes the restoration of the habeas corpus acts of Magna Carta (1215), 1640, 1679, 1803, 1804, 1816 and 1862 that treat everyone as innocent until proven guilty, by demanding that a prisoner be taken before a court, and that the custodian presents proof of authority, allowing the court to determine if the custodian has lawful authority to detain the person.

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).

Return to Due-Cause

To return to a general law of "due-cause" for any officials, including police, to be able to stop, inspect, search, or otherwise impede the free movement of law abiding citizens, rather than the increasing culture of treating everybody as "guilty until proven innocent"!

Let's just find another way (nothing wrong with covert), or even live wit the risk?

For example (say), indiscriminative, or random, use of "whole body monitors" at airports, better still scrap those, any form of random bag search, or search of person, and of course, most of the thousands of CCTV cameras, particularly for the likes of councils!

Why is this idea important?

To return to a general law of "due-cause" for any officials, including police, to be able to stop, inspect, search, or otherwise impede the free movement of law abiding citizens, rather than the increasing culture of treating everybody as "guilty until proven innocent"!

Let's just find another way (nothing wrong with covert), or even live wit the risk?

For example (say), indiscriminative, or random, use of "whole body monitors" at airports, better still scrap those, any form of random bag search, or search of person, and of course, most of the thousands of CCTV cameras, particularly for the likes of councils!

NERC legislation

 

Section 67 of the Natural Environment & Rural Communities Act 2006 should be repealed on the grounds that it is a clumsy statute that has caused very unfair and unreasonable impacts to a significant part of the community, often creating absurd situations, rather than solving problems.  There has to be a better and fairer way of addressing the recording and sustainable use of our ancient highways.

Why is this idea important?

 

Section 67 of the Natural Environment & Rural Communities Act 2006 should be repealed on the grounds that it is a clumsy statute that has caused very unfair and unreasonable impacts to a significant part of the community, often creating absurd situations, rather than solving problems.  There has to be a better and fairer way of addressing the recording and sustainable use of our ancient highways.

Firearms Laws

I am a British Citizen, I am licensed in Australia to carry a firearm in the line of my Job as a Bodyguard and Cash-in-Transit officer. I would like the UK to fall in line with the rest of the world in regards to Bodyguard, Security officers, Police officers. I would also like all firearms laws from 1997 remove and instead of the citizens being punished for doing nothing wrong, the criminals are the ones that are punished. Since the 1997 Gun Laws the crime rate in the UK has not reduced it has in fact gone up.

Why is this idea important?

I am a British Citizen, I am licensed in Australia to carry a firearm in the line of my Job as a Bodyguard and Cash-in-Transit officer. I would like the UK to fall in line with the rest of the world in regards to Bodyguard, Security officers, Police officers. I would also like all firearms laws from 1997 remove and instead of the citizens being punished for doing nothing wrong, the criminals are the ones that are punished. Since the 1997 Gun Laws the crime rate in the UK has not reduced it has in fact gone up.

Reverse ban on ‘legal highs’

Following the well publicised ban on 'legal highs', including methedrone, it became clear the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs had had their advice prety much ignored for political, short-term gains.  The deaths linked to methedrone had, in fact, had little or nothing to do with intake of the drug,.

 

As such, the previous governments ban on the drug was based not on evidence, but on the need to "look" tough.

People who set up websites to sell methedrone did so through on-line banking systems, in some cases paying tax on their earnings. After the ban, almost all popular websites ceased trading. This suggests the men selling the substance were well aware that to carry on was irresponsible.


Reversing the ban on 'legal highs' – sold openly at recent music festivals – would show the this Government trusted members of the public to source and use drugs for their own personal use. Websites which suggest these sorts of drugs often have 'reviews' of the safest, and least safe, allowing drug users to know which ones to avoid. The level of "self regulation" would surprise those on the outside.

Why is this idea important?

Following the well publicised ban on 'legal highs', including methedrone, it became clear the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs had had their advice prety much ignored for political, short-term gains.  The deaths linked to methedrone had, in fact, had little or nothing to do with intake of the drug,.

 

As such, the previous governments ban on the drug was based not on evidence, but on the need to "look" tough.

People who set up websites to sell methedrone did so through on-line banking systems, in some cases paying tax on their earnings. After the ban, almost all popular websites ceased trading. This suggests the men selling the substance were well aware that to carry on was irresponsible.


Reversing the ban on 'legal highs' – sold openly at recent music festivals – would show the this Government trusted members of the public to source and use drugs for their own personal use. Websites which suggest these sorts of drugs often have 'reviews' of the safest, and least safe, allowing drug users to know which ones to avoid. The level of "self regulation" would surprise those on the outside.

End to Breed Specific Legislation

To bring an end to dogs being banned and euthanised because of their breed or the way they look.

To deal with the issues surrounding crimes with dogs, look at the owner and punish those who train dogs to be dangerous or out of control. Remove their entitlement to own an animal indefinately.

Why is this idea important?

To bring an end to dogs being banned and euthanised because of their breed or the way they look.

To deal with the issues surrounding crimes with dogs, look at the owner and punish those who train dogs to be dangerous or out of control. Remove their entitlement to own an animal indefinately.

Prostitution

The current law which allows prostitutes to sell sex but not to work in brothels is postiviely dangerous and forces women onto the streets.  The buying and selling of sex should be completely legal and there should be liscences brothels set up with Health checks for sex workers. There should be increased stringency against sex worker trafficking and forced sex work.

Why is this idea important?

The current law which allows prostitutes to sell sex but not to work in brothels is postiviely dangerous and forces women onto the streets.  The buying and selling of sex should be completely legal and there should be liscences brothels set up with Health checks for sex workers. There should be increased stringency against sex worker trafficking and forced sex work.

Restore Freedoms

No ID Cards and associated Database.

No RIPA powers for any Local Councils or Govt bodies  under any circumstances,  apart from the Police.

No APNR of innocent people.

No. DNA Database of innocent people.

No CCTV unless it has proven to lower crime in a certain  area.

No Speeding Cameras unless they are proven to have lowered accidents in a certain area,,

No recording of people's phoncalls, text messages, website visits and emails, other than for targetted individuals suspected of serious crime.  And witth a warrant needed from a magistrate.

No Nanny State –  let people decide how to manage their lives , not the state.

No  automatic recording of peoples journeys in and out of the UK unless suspected of a serious crime. And with a warrant needed from a magistrate.

No Control Orders.

No 28 Days Detention without Charge –  lower it to 5-7 days.

No Stop and Search without good reason.

Make the UK a country where Freedoms and Civil Liberties are of paramount importance and the State minds it own business and stays out of our lives !

 

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Why is this idea important?

No ID Cards and associated Database.

No RIPA powers for any Local Councils or Govt bodies  under any circumstances,  apart from the Police.

No APNR of innocent people.

No. DNA Database of innocent people.

No CCTV unless it has proven to lower crime in a certain  area.

No Speeding Cameras unless they are proven to have lowered accidents in a certain area,,

No recording of people's phoncalls, text messages, website visits and emails, other than for targetted individuals suspected of serious crime.  And witth a warrant needed from a magistrate.

No Nanny State –  let people decide how to manage their lives , not the state.

No  automatic recording of peoples journeys in and out of the UK unless suspected of a serious crime. And with a warrant needed from a magistrate.

No Control Orders.

No 28 Days Detention without Charge –  lower it to 5-7 days.

No Stop and Search without good reason.

Make the UK a country where Freedoms and Civil Liberties are of paramount importance and the State minds it own business and stays out of our lives !

 

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extradition treaty with USA

to amend the one sided extradition treaty,with the USA,so as to keep safe vulnerable UK citizens , and for the treaty to do the job it was set out for and that is to deal with terrorists not civil matters.

Why is this idea important?

to amend the one sided extradition treaty,with the USA,so as to keep safe vulnerable UK citizens , and for the treaty to do the job it was set out for and that is to deal with terrorists not civil matters.

Section 63 of the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008

This law is unessessary – we already have laws to prevent people committing acts of sexual violence towards others.  This law prevents people making or viewing a record of acts which occur between consenting adults. 

Why is this idea important?

This law is unessessary – we already have laws to prevent people committing acts of sexual violence towards others.  This law prevents people making or viewing a record of acts which occur between consenting adults. 

EU arrest warrent.

This law should be repealed immediatly as it allows the EU's members to have people arrested with out the necessity to prove anything in court. This law has meant that innicent people have been removed to other EU countried for trial or inprisonment after a trial in absentia. This is hardly a fair or reasonable law.

Why is this idea important?

This law should be repealed immediatly as it allows the EU's members to have people arrested with out the necessity to prove anything in court. This law has meant that innicent people have been removed to other EU countried for trial or inprisonment after a trial in absentia. This is hardly a fair or reasonable law.

Repeal Section 44 (Terrorism Act 2000)

Section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000 gives wide-ranging stop-and-search powers to the Police without requiring prior reason, these are used frequently to stop photographers, campers, members of parliament, cricketers and BBC staff from undertaking their normal day-to-day activities:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terrorism_Act_2000#Section_44_powers_.28stop_and_search.29
 

Why is this idea important?

Section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000 gives wide-ranging stop-and-search powers to the Police without requiring prior reason, these are used frequently to stop photographers, campers, members of parliament, cricketers and BBC staff from undertaking their normal day-to-day activities:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terrorism_Act_2000#Section_44_powers_.28stop_and_search.29