A checklist of all the ‘red tape’ that remains?

I run a Community Centre (and have done for 2 years now) and am still finding new things that I'm 'required' to do.  Whether or not they're red tape or not is one discussion, but the feeling that there's always potentially more out there looming over me is a burden!  Today for example I found out that the council requires us to map our entire water supply system to prove that we've mitigated against the risk of Legionnaires disease.  My other recent favourite was to discover that my signs 'caution water hot' were insufficient, as I was required to have a picture with the message. Requirement to prove annual checks of first aid kits, annual PAT testing of all electrical equipment, PRS licencing, risk assessments for fire, asbestos, corperate governance are all others that have sneaked up on me.  As scary as one enormous list of everything that you need to do for a building that is open to the public might be, it would be a very useful, and ultimatly reasssuring and time saving device.

Why is this idea important?

I run a Community Centre (and have done for 2 years now) and am still finding new things that I'm 'required' to do.  Whether or not they're red tape or not is one discussion, but the feeling that there's always potentially more out there looming over me is a burden!  Today for example I found out that the council requires us to map our entire water supply system to prove that we've mitigated against the risk of Legionnaires disease.  My other recent favourite was to discover that my signs 'caution water hot' were insufficient, as I was required to have a picture with the message. Requirement to prove annual checks of first aid kits, annual PAT testing of all electrical equipment, PRS licencing, risk assessments for fire, asbestos, corperate governance are all others that have sneaked up on me.  As scary as one enormous list of everything that you need to do for a building that is open to the public might be, it would be a very useful, and ultimatly reasssuring and time saving device.

Ban Party Lists at Elections

For some types of election votes get to choose between Party LIsts. This is profoundly undemocratic. Voters who are, say, left-leaning, cannot diffrentiate between a hard left idealist and a compromising pragmatist, whatever their preference.

Instead of decisions about which person is elected being made by 30,000 voters (or whatever), the decision is made by a selection committee of perhaps 12. Worst case the reality is that the Selection Committee Organiser effectively puts the list together on his or her own. The top candidate is guaranteed to be elected. The 20th placed is guaranteed not to.

If a prospective candidate upsets the wrong person a jumped up Party Discipline rule is invoked to get them suspended, and Hey Presto, they don't get on the list. Party machines have favourites and will do anything to displace who is at the top of the list and gettheir candidate there. Thatcher and Blair were outsiders would never have been high on a List (OK, bad example). Churchill was seen as a troublemaker past his prime – a List system would have put Chaimberlain clones above him.

It's a scheme that Danton would have loved during The Terror period of the French Revolution. Or Stalin.

Why is this idea important?

For some types of election votes get to choose between Party LIsts. This is profoundly undemocratic. Voters who are, say, left-leaning, cannot diffrentiate between a hard left idealist and a compromising pragmatist, whatever their preference.

Instead of decisions about which person is elected being made by 30,000 voters (or whatever), the decision is made by a selection committee of perhaps 12. Worst case the reality is that the Selection Committee Organiser effectively puts the list together on his or her own. The top candidate is guaranteed to be elected. The 20th placed is guaranteed not to.

If a prospective candidate upsets the wrong person a jumped up Party Discipline rule is invoked to get them suspended, and Hey Presto, they don't get on the list. Party machines have favourites and will do anything to displace who is at the top of the list and gettheir candidate there. Thatcher and Blair were outsiders would never have been high on a List (OK, bad example). Churchill was seen as a troublemaker past his prime – a List system would have put Chaimberlain clones above him.

It's a scheme that Danton would have loved during The Terror period of the French Revolution. Or Stalin.

List the daftest laws!

There were literally thousands of laws passed by the previous government over more than a decade.  (source: Current government).  The person in the street cannot possibly know a fraction of them, so why not have a page with the law and a brief summary?

Most would agree (I think) that in general, anything that (a) defies common sense as the majority see it, (b) constrains individual liberty, (c) puts power into the hands of the state- not the people, and (d) puts idealism before practicality and affordability; should be abolished, therefore listed in that priority.

A free-for-all list of ideas would be extremely costly to read, process and filter – if indeed, they were actually read,

 

Why is this idea important?

There were literally thousands of laws passed by the previous government over more than a decade.  (source: Current government).  The person in the street cannot possibly know a fraction of them, so why not have a page with the law and a brief summary?

Most would agree (I think) that in general, anything that (a) defies common sense as the majority see it, (b) constrains individual liberty, (c) puts power into the hands of the state- not the people, and (d) puts idealism before practicality and affordability; should be abolished, therefore listed in that priority.

A free-for-all list of ideas would be extremely costly to read, process and filter – if indeed, they were actually read,