Local residents opposition should count for democracy

Residents fighting to save Green Belt Land being used by this Government to build the BIGGEST PRISON, in OUR VILLAGE of RUNWELL ESSEX.

   vmhorner @hotmail.com       10th Sept 2010

With this Governments Policy of listening to Local Peoples Opinion (WHY ARE THEY NOT LISTENING)

The MoJ is obviously determined to go ahead with its plans regardless of local feeling of Runwell, Rettendon, Wickford, with  Chelmsford Borough Council and Basildon Borough Council, also all local Parish Councils opposing this Planning Application. There are many Brown Field sites within the MOJ's selection critria that have been completely ignored, had they taken these into consideration they could have saved the Tax Payer and this Government Millions of pounds. Regenaration in Deprived area's would provide Jobs   and would also save More Government and Tax payers money by getting people in these area's off Benifits. Chelmsford does NOT need these econmic Benifits but many parts of the country clearly do.

Apart from The Massive saving available by re-siting this proposed Prison, the following is statements from Mr Blunt MP.

"If the next Government is Conservative it will restore powers over planning to local authorities so that decisions are taken locally by locally elected councillors. We will give local communities a share in local growth – when local authorities deliver the housing that their community needs they will get the financial benefit."

Mr Blunt also set out proposals that include scrapping the Regional Spatial Strategies and unelected regional assemblies. He said that he hoped that if the policies are enacted they will empower local councillors and encourage more engagement from voters. Mr Blunt also stressed the importance of protecting the Green Belt:

Chelmsford Borough Council were ready to REGECT MOJ PLANNING APPLICATION on the 20th August 2010, and on the same Day MOJ withdrew the application knowing it was going to be rejected, only to admit to a resubmission in late September 2010.

Finally Deprived area's would welcome the £20million proposed (sweetner) that is NOT required by Chelmsford.
 

Why is this idea important?

Residents fighting to save Green Belt Land being used by this Government to build the BIGGEST PRISON, in OUR VILLAGE of RUNWELL ESSEX.

   vmhorner @hotmail.com       10th Sept 2010

With this Governments Policy of listening to Local Peoples Opinion (WHY ARE THEY NOT LISTENING)

The MoJ is obviously determined to go ahead with its plans regardless of local feeling of Runwell, Rettendon, Wickford, with  Chelmsford Borough Council and Basildon Borough Council, also all local Parish Councils opposing this Planning Application. There are many Brown Field sites within the MOJ's selection critria that have been completely ignored, had they taken these into consideration they could have saved the Tax Payer and this Government Millions of pounds. Regenaration in Deprived area's would provide Jobs   and would also save More Government and Tax payers money by getting people in these area's off Benifits. Chelmsford does NOT need these econmic Benifits but many parts of the country clearly do.

Apart from The Massive saving available by re-siting this proposed Prison, the following is statements from Mr Blunt MP.

"If the next Government is Conservative it will restore powers over planning to local authorities so that decisions are taken locally by locally elected councillors. We will give local communities a share in local growth – when local authorities deliver the housing that their community needs they will get the financial benefit."

Mr Blunt also set out proposals that include scrapping the Regional Spatial Strategies and unelected regional assemblies. He said that he hoped that if the policies are enacted they will empower local councillors and encourage more engagement from voters. Mr Blunt also stressed the importance of protecting the Green Belt:

Chelmsford Borough Council were ready to REGECT MOJ PLANNING APPLICATION on the 20th August 2010, and on the same Day MOJ withdrew the application knowing it was going to be rejected, only to admit to a resubmission in late September 2010.

Finally Deprived area's would welcome the £20million proposed (sweetner) that is NOT required by Chelmsford.
 

Cannabis: Put it to a referendum!

 The last Government was notably rigid and authoritarian on the matter of cannabis and how its users should be treated. We deserve better. Nothing less than a full public debate and referendum can now correct the memory of Brown's bullying. If the new Government is serious about the Big Society, and about serving not dictating, giving us an early vote on cannabis would be the best possible way to prove it.

 Three recent opinion polls, (the oldest from last December,) show a majority of UK residents oppose prohibition and want change:

http://nwemail.co.uk/news/drugs_survey_legalise_and_crack_down_on_dealers_1_565771?referrerPath=have_your_say

http://mingle-trend.respondi.com/uk/?p=824

http://nwemail.co.uk/news/drugs_survey_legalise_and_crack_down_on_dealers_1_565771?referrerPath=have_your_say

The high level of commenting on cannabis here is further testament to how big an issue this really is.

Transform have done great work on alternatives to prohibition. They and others should be part of a working group devising a fair question or set of questions. Then a short period of public debate  across all the media, and finally a once- and- for- all referendum on the legal status of cannabis.

 

Why is this idea important?

 The last Government was notably rigid and authoritarian on the matter of cannabis and how its users should be treated. We deserve better. Nothing less than a full public debate and referendum can now correct the memory of Brown's bullying. If the new Government is serious about the Big Society, and about serving not dictating, giving us an early vote on cannabis would be the best possible way to prove it.

 Three recent opinion polls, (the oldest from last December,) show a majority of UK residents oppose prohibition and want change:

http://nwemail.co.uk/news/drugs_survey_legalise_and_crack_down_on_dealers_1_565771?referrerPath=have_your_say

http://mingle-trend.respondi.com/uk/?p=824

http://nwemail.co.uk/news/drugs_survey_legalise_and_crack_down_on_dealers_1_565771?referrerPath=have_your_say

The high level of commenting on cannabis here is further testament to how big an issue this really is.

Transform have done great work on alternatives to prohibition. They and others should be part of a working group devising a fair question or set of questions. Then a short period of public debate  across all the media, and finally a once- and- for- all referendum on the legal status of cannabis.

 

Request for the government to respect our right to debate and take heed.

LoLopants I hope you read this as I first want to apologise for stealing your title.  However, I did so deliberately to get your attention when I was a bit miffed that I was unable to give your IDEA 5 stars as the moderators have cut you off after only a couple of responses because, they say, what you have written is not an idea but a general comment (or words to that effect).

So I would like to state my IDEA which is that I think elected government officials should no longer ask for IDEAS  and then go on the public record (Nick Cleggs' video undertaking blatently obvious damage control re:  an overwhelming majority wanting at least debate on the smoking ban) saying that some IDEAS will never be considered.  Never is a very long time in politics.

So, just in case the moderators are unsure here what an IDEA is, I will bullet point the main IDEA put forward by myself and originally by username LoLopants.

  • IDEA 1…. From now on in a British democracy no IDEA should be deemed unsuitable for discussion and debate among its adult voting populace. Freedom of speech in other words.

 

  • IDEA. 2…From now on no MP should laughingly deny their responsibility to listen to the ideas of the people who elected him//her, even if those IDEAS may make them nervous because they are scared of doing anything about them. 

Hope that covers what you meant to be considered and commented upon LoLo, and 5 ***** for your great comments and IDEAS.

 

 

Why is this idea important?

LoLopants I hope you read this as I first want to apologise for stealing your title.  However, I did so deliberately to get your attention when I was a bit miffed that I was unable to give your IDEA 5 stars as the moderators have cut you off after only a couple of responses because, they say, what you have written is not an idea but a general comment (or words to that effect).

So I would like to state my IDEA which is that I think elected government officials should no longer ask for IDEAS  and then go on the public record (Nick Cleggs' video undertaking blatently obvious damage control re:  an overwhelming majority wanting at least debate on the smoking ban) saying that some IDEAS will never be considered.  Never is a very long time in politics.

So, just in case the moderators are unsure here what an IDEA is, I will bullet point the main IDEA put forward by myself and originally by username LoLopants.

  • IDEA 1…. From now on in a British democracy no IDEA should be deemed unsuitable for discussion and debate among its adult voting populace. Freedom of speech in other words.

 

  • IDEA. 2…From now on no MP should laughingly deny their responsibility to listen to the ideas of the people who elected him//her, even if those IDEAS may make them nervous because they are scared of doing anything about them. 

Hope that covers what you meant to be considered and commented upon LoLo, and 5 ***** for your great comments and IDEAS.

 

 

referendum on smoking ban

Whether you agree or disagree with the smoking ban is not the question. Sure it has its benefits but it also has its disadvantages, from health benefits to the massive impact on our pub culture. All good points but the fundamental truth is that our civil liberties have been taken from us, we no longer have the right to choose and this was done without asking a single person. I may be wrong but that is not a democracy and if we allow it this time what’s next? A referendum is the only way to appease everyone if the smokers lose at the very least they will know it’s what the people want and vice versa.

Why is this idea important?

Whether you agree or disagree with the smoking ban is not the question. Sure it has its benefits but it also has its disadvantages, from health benefits to the massive impact on our pub culture. All good points but the fundamental truth is that our civil liberties have been taken from us, we no longer have the right to choose and this was done without asking a single person. I may be wrong but that is not a democracy and if we allow it this time what’s next? A referendum is the only way to appease everyone if the smokers lose at the very least they will know it’s what the people want and vice versa.