Legalise E in some form in Northern Ireland

I don't know what my idea is so I will be vague about whether I want a pilot scheme, a medically supervised scheme, or a general legalisation or blind-eye to the commercial use of a drug.

The drug is MDMA and I know from personal experience that it enforces a kind of synthetic empathy and well-being. As one person told a TV program "it lets you experience the sort of person that you're not". I don't know a source to quote but anyone who has anything to do with raves where MDMA is taken will have noticed that the crowd seem just nice.

Why is this idea important?

I don't know what my idea is so I will be vague about whether I want a pilot scheme, a medically supervised scheme, or a general legalisation or blind-eye to the commercial use of a drug.

The drug is MDMA and I know from personal experience that it enforces a kind of synthetic empathy and well-being. As one person told a TV program "it lets you experience the sort of person that you're not". I don't know a source to quote but anyone who has anything to do with raves where MDMA is taken will have noticed that the crowd seem just nice.

Administration of Justice (Language) Act (Ireland) 1737

This Act which now applies only in Northern Ireland, was originally designed to prevent lawyers from bamboozling both plaintiffs and defendants in Irish courts, by arguing cases in Latin or legal French.


It incidently forbids the use of Gaelic in legal proceedings within the jurisdiction, but this now appears to be it's only residual function. This aspect of the Act has always been an injustice, to the Gaelic language community of Ulster.

I propose amendment by replacing the words in Paragraph 1 "…shall be in the English tongue and language, and not in Latin or French or any other tongue or language whatsoever"  with the words "shall be in either the English tongue and language, or the Gaelic tongue and language , but not in Latin or French or any other tongue or language whatsoever"

Why is this idea important?

This Act which now applies only in Northern Ireland, was originally designed to prevent lawyers from bamboozling both plaintiffs and defendants in Irish courts, by arguing cases in Latin or legal French.


It incidently forbids the use of Gaelic in legal proceedings within the jurisdiction, but this now appears to be it's only residual function. This aspect of the Act has always been an injustice, to the Gaelic language community of Ulster.

I propose amendment by replacing the words in Paragraph 1 "…shall be in the English tongue and language, and not in Latin or French or any other tongue or language whatsoever"  with the words "shall be in either the English tongue and language, or the Gaelic tongue and language , but not in Latin or French or any other tongue or language whatsoever"

Election of First & Deputy First Minister in Northern Ireland

Following on from the St. Andrews Agreement the situation is now that the post of Fist Minister will go to the largest party and not the largest party from the largest designation as under the 1998 Agreement, which would ensure the majority would retain the top position.

Under the ’98 agreement there was a safe guard that the largest community would secure the post of First Minister, albeit that the post of First Minister and Deputy First Minister are equal in power and authority, the perception to many is still vitally important, the current set up that allows the two top positions in the Northern Ireland Executive to be agreed behind closed doors is unacceptable in any democratic society and must be changed.

Why is this idea important?

Following on from the St. Andrews Agreement the situation is now that the post of Fist Minister will go to the largest party and not the largest party from the largest designation as under the 1998 Agreement, which would ensure the majority would retain the top position.

Under the ’98 agreement there was a safe guard that the largest community would secure the post of First Minister, albeit that the post of First Minister and Deputy First Minister are equal in power and authority, the perception to many is still vitally important, the current set up that allows the two top positions in the Northern Ireland Executive to be agreed behind closed doors is unacceptable in any democratic society and must be changed.

Stop the Abortion Inequality in the UK

Abortion continues to be illegal in Northern Ireland, despite being a part of the UK. This leads to unnecessary trauma to women (not to mention expense) forced to travel to the mainland for abortions. It's a disgrace that the UK Government is quite happy to restrict the rights of women in this part of the UK. 

Why is this idea important?

Abortion continues to be illegal in Northern Ireland, despite being a part of the UK. This leads to unnecessary trauma to women (not to mention expense) forced to travel to the mainland for abortions. It's a disgrace that the UK Government is quite happy to restrict the rights of women in this part of the UK. 

Restore the Flag of Northern Ireland

The flag of Northern Ireland, the Ulster Banner should be given its official status back as the government that was dissolved in 1972 has now been reformed and so the flag sould have official status again 

Why is this idea important?

The flag of Northern Ireland, the Ulster Banner should be given its official status back as the government that was dissolved in 1972 has now been reformed and so the flag sould have official status again 

Affirm Londonderry’s name

That the Government should re-affirm to people that the proper name of the city in Northern Ireland is Londonderry and not "derry" as it is often mistakenly called and should allow it to be called Londonderry by the media

Why is this idea important?

That the Government should re-affirm to people that the proper name of the city in Northern Ireland is Londonderry and not "derry" as it is often mistakenly called and should allow it to be called Londonderry by the media

Political Revamp

House of Lords

Replace current House of Lords with an elected House of Lords based around the traditional counties (Will equal just over 100 lords) and remove the Lords Spiritual. New House of Lords led by Lord Chancellor (Leader of biggest party in House of Lords)

English Parliament

Introduce an English Parliament so to have a Parliament (elected in similar way to the other devolved bodies)  that focuses on England and the problems England faces. Debate the case of Cornwall as it has been consider a "Special case" for devolution. Build parliament in North/North of Centre of England.

Northern Ireland

End mandatory Power sharing so as to give the people of Northern Ireland a Government and Opposition.

British Overseas Territories (BOTs)

Offer BOTs (such as Falkland Isles and Gibraltar) the opportunity to send MPs/Lords to Westminster so they can take part like a devolved nation.

Constitution

Written Constitution, enshrining the rights of the UK and also setting out the Role of the Monarchy, Supreme Court and the UK and Devolved Parliaments

Why is this idea important?

House of Lords

Replace current House of Lords with an elected House of Lords based around the traditional counties (Will equal just over 100 lords) and remove the Lords Spiritual. New House of Lords led by Lord Chancellor (Leader of biggest party in House of Lords)

English Parliament

Introduce an English Parliament so to have a Parliament (elected in similar way to the other devolved bodies)  that focuses on England and the problems England faces. Debate the case of Cornwall as it has been consider a "Special case" for devolution. Build parliament in North/North of Centre of England.

Northern Ireland

End mandatory Power sharing so as to give the people of Northern Ireland a Government and Opposition.

British Overseas Territories (BOTs)

Offer BOTs (such as Falkland Isles and Gibraltar) the opportunity to send MPs/Lords to Westminster so they can take part like a devolved nation.

Constitution

Written Constitution, enshrining the rights of the UK and also setting out the Role of the Monarchy, Supreme Court and the UK and Devolved Parliaments