Separate the executive from the legislature

Currently, the Cabinet sits in Parliament. This means that they can vote on what the laws are, and then put them into force, a gross violation of the separation of powers principle. The executive seems to dominate Parliament, and forces through laws we don't want, and appoints people only one constituency (if that) chose.

 

I am not proposing that the Prime Minister shouldn't come from the House of Commons. He can stay. But the rest, the ones that form his Cabinet – they should not be MPs or Peers.

 

Instead, we could emulate the American system. The Prime Minister would nominate someone to take up a role in Cabinet. Then that person should be vetted and approved by Parliament. The vetting would be a thorough Q&A session (or plural)  to assess the nominee's ability to do the job. Then a vote would be taken, and if the vote was lost, then the Prime Minister would have to find someone else to nominate.

Why is this idea important?

Currently, the Cabinet sits in Parliament. This means that they can vote on what the laws are, and then put them into force, a gross violation of the separation of powers principle. The executive seems to dominate Parliament, and forces through laws we don't want, and appoints people only one constituency (if that) chose.

 

I am not proposing that the Prime Minister shouldn't come from the House of Commons. He can stay. But the rest, the ones that form his Cabinet – they should not be MPs or Peers.

 

Instead, we could emulate the American system. The Prime Minister would nominate someone to take up a role in Cabinet. Then that person should be vetted and approved by Parliament. The vetting would be a thorough Q&A session (or plural)  to assess the nominee's ability to do the job. Then a vote would be taken, and if the vote was lost, then the Prime Minister would have to find someone else to nominate.

Local government powers

The general power of competence of local authorities should be curtailed so that further discretionary functions can only be adopted after a referendum of residents.

Over the past decade local authorities have become involved in all sorts of peripheral issues at the expense of the local taxpayer.   This involvement has brought no measurable benefits to local people and in some cases has increased the local authorities' intrusive powers over them.

When councils publish details of their spending on-line, they should make clear what is spent on:  a) legal responsibilities they have to peform;  b) functions they may carry out under national legislation;  and c) local discretionary functions they have adopted for their area.

Only in this way will the average citizen begin to understand the job of their local council and form a view of the additional functions and spending they would like for their area.   

Why is this idea important?

The general power of competence of local authorities should be curtailed so that further discretionary functions can only be adopted after a referendum of residents.

Over the past decade local authorities have become involved in all sorts of peripheral issues at the expense of the local taxpayer.   This involvement has brought no measurable benefits to local people and in some cases has increased the local authorities' intrusive powers over them.

When councils publish details of their spending on-line, they should make clear what is spent on:  a) legal responsibilities they have to peform;  b) functions they may carry out under national legislation;  and c) local discretionary functions they have adopted for their area.

Only in this way will the average citizen begin to understand the job of their local council and form a view of the additional functions and spending they would like for their area.   

Curtail the powers of HMRC

Restrict the powers of HMRC so that they cannot behave inappropriately. The Revenue part now has the same powers as the Customs part and this increase in power has allowed them to harrass and intimidate people to an unacceptable level.

They treat everyone as though they are criminals, have far too much power and are abusing their power to victimise innocent people.

They should not be able to assign innacurate debts on people and then farm these debts out to debt collection agencies.

Why is this idea important?

Restrict the powers of HMRC so that they cannot behave inappropriately. The Revenue part now has the same powers as the Customs part and this increase in power has allowed them to harrass and intimidate people to an unacceptable level.

They treat everyone as though they are criminals, have far too much power and are abusing their power to victimise innocent people.

They should not be able to assign innacurate debts on people and then farm these debts out to debt collection agencies.