More visa-free access for British Nationals (Overseas)

As a Hong Kong resident, I welcome the arrangement that Hong Kong SAR passport holders are eligible for visa-free access to Ukraine, UAE, Qatar etc. These countries offer visa-free access for full British citizens and HKSAR passport holders, but not British Nationals (Overseas). However, I would like to suggest that that same arrangement should be extended to British National (Overseas) passport holders.

Why is this idea important?

As a Hong Kong resident, I welcome the arrangement that Hong Kong SAR passport holders are eligible for visa-free access to Ukraine, UAE, Qatar etc. These countries offer visa-free access for full British citizens and HKSAR passport holders, but not British Nationals (Overseas). However, I would like to suggest that that same arrangement should be extended to British National (Overseas) passport holders.

free travel for all in full time education inlc 6th form & college

its a disgrace that those entering 6th form have to fine £500 for school tranpsort to the local 6th form – cant afford the transport, they dont do 6th form, instead they sign on the dole

Why is this idea important?

its a disgrace that those entering 6th form have to fine £500 for school tranpsort to the local 6th form – cant afford the transport, they dont do 6th form, instead they sign on the dole

Turn off the talking trains, train stations and buses

For the past two years or so we have been forced to suffer a womans voice telling us from a satellite (I believe…?)  in space the same boring, intrusive messages about the stops or stations we are approaching, the final destination of the public vehicle which we are sitting down. Even while we wait for trains a man's voice tells us not to leave luggage on platforms, etc,etc. It's too much. When I recently went to Lymington, the lovely old fashioned train rendered a silent journey but the new train with un openable doors which requires the employment of an extra guard to open and close the doors has the ruddy female voice on it. There's too MUCH noise telling us to do this and not to do that. Its like the Nanny State via the invisible faceless voice. Do we really need this? Apart from the unnecessary noise it intrudes constantly upon our thoughts and right to peace and quiet .

Why is this idea important?

For the past two years or so we have been forced to suffer a womans voice telling us from a satellite (I believe…?)  in space the same boring, intrusive messages about the stops or stations we are approaching, the final destination of the public vehicle which we are sitting down. Even while we wait for trains a man's voice tells us not to leave luggage on platforms, etc,etc. It's too much. When I recently went to Lymington, the lovely old fashioned train rendered a silent journey but the new train with un openable doors which requires the employment of an extra guard to open and close the doors has the ruddy female voice on it. There's too MUCH noise telling us to do this and not to do that. Its like the Nanny State via the invisible faceless voice. Do we really need this? Apart from the unnecessary noise it intrudes constantly upon our thoughts and right to peace and quiet .

Allow Pets to Travel Internationally

Where did this crazy myth start up, that the Continent is riddled with rabies?

Fill in the missing letters: T*b*oids.

There might have been some rabies issue in the 80s, but within a few years of spraying animal habitats with antidote food-pellets, the number of infected aniimals had dimininshed to practically zero. This was achieved within a few years by the 1990s.

Yet it was NEVER reported on.

Well, it’s now 20 years on from 1990, and we’re still the nanny state we were then. (Even worse if you count everything else.)

A number of other rabies-free countries (like Finland and Cyprus) have already signed up for the Schengen freedom-of-movement agreement. And I’d hate to count the number of times I’ve been scratched and bitten by playful cats on the Continent.

Time we reviewed and reformed this uniquely British crazy law.

Why is this idea important?

Where did this crazy myth start up, that the Continent is riddled with rabies?

Fill in the missing letters: T*b*oids.

There might have been some rabies issue in the 80s, but within a few years of spraying animal habitats with antidote food-pellets, the number of infected aniimals had dimininshed to practically zero. This was achieved within a few years by the 1990s.

Yet it was NEVER reported on.

Well, it’s now 20 years on from 1990, and we’re still the nanny state we were then. (Even worse if you count everything else.)

A number of other rabies-free countries (like Finland and Cyprus) have already signed up for the Schengen freedom-of-movement agreement. And I’d hate to count the number of times I’ve been scratched and bitten by playful cats on the Continent.

Time we reviewed and reformed this uniquely British crazy law.

Travel Anonymously By Rail

1. Eurostar tickets bought in the UK have to, by law, have your name printed on them. (Although not if purchased on the more freedom-respecting continent.)

2. London Transport tracks your whereabouts, if not any longer by CCTV camera, certainly still by computer every time you enter or leave a station or board a bus.

This should be abolished.

Why is this idea important?

1. Eurostar tickets bought in the UK have to, by law, have your name printed on them. (Although not if purchased on the more freedom-respecting continent.)

2. London Transport tracks your whereabouts, if not any longer by CCTV camera, certainly still by computer every time you enter or leave a station or board a bus.

This should be abolished.

Reduce intrusiveness of E-borders

The E-borders project records and monitors far too many details about the trips of its citizens.

 

There are no reasonable grounds for the Government needing to know the destination, method of payment, companions etc etc of its citizens when they make a foreign or domestic trip.

To collect such information should require a Court Warrant just as the search of a person's home should.

Why is this idea important?

The E-borders project records and monitors far too many details about the trips of its citizens.

 

There are no reasonable grounds for the Government needing to know the destination, method of payment, companions etc etc of its citizens when they make a foreign or domestic trip.

To collect such information should require a Court Warrant just as the search of a person's home should.

Join Schengen

Remove the exclusion from the Schengen Agreement.  This would then enable UK citizens to return as easily to the UK, as we can now move within those parts of the EU who have signed the Schengen agreement.  Recently I found there was less formaility (in fact, none) in moving from Netherlands to France, than subsequently in moving from France back to the UK.  We dont need our own border police to monitor our movements within the UK

Why is this idea important?

Remove the exclusion from the Schengen Agreement.  This would then enable UK citizens to return as easily to the UK, as we can now move within those parts of the EU who have signed the Schengen agreement.  Recently I found there was less formaility (in fact, none) in moving from Netherlands to France, than subsequently in moving from France back to the UK.  We dont need our own border police to monitor our movements within the UK

Travel Anonymously Through London

Travel passes, such as for the London Underground, should not have people's names and details recorded against them.

The excuse for this given by London local politicians is that if someone has lost their card or had it stolen, then it can be recovered.

But a record of personal details is not necessary for this. All that is required is a unique identifier for the traveller (such as a serial number) and a photocard with the necessary details, such as name, which could be kept at home. If a card is lost or stolen, the traveller would only need present this photocard at a ticket office. His details need not be recorded and held on computer.

Why is this idea important?

Travel passes, such as for the London Underground, should not have people's names and details recorded against them.

The excuse for this given by London local politicians is that if someone has lost their card or had it stolen, then it can be recovered.

But a record of personal details is not necessary for this. All that is required is a unique identifier for the traveller (such as a serial number) and a photocard with the necessary details, such as name, which could be kept at home. If a card is lost or stolen, the traveller would only need present this photocard at a ticket office. His details need not be recorded and held on computer.

Freedom to take photographs in public places.

Restore the right of ordinary people to take photographs in public places without fear of being criminalised.  It is a gross over exaggeration to regard anyone who takes a photograph of a policeman or a public building as a potential terrorist, or family and friends who want to take photographs of their children at school events as potential paedophiles.  Amateur photography  used to be regarded as a legitimate and acceptable pastime, not as an underhand activity to be regarded with suspicion.  I would like to see it restored to its former status.

Why is this idea important?

Restore the right of ordinary people to take photographs in public places without fear of being criminalised.  It is a gross over exaggeration to regard anyone who takes a photograph of a policeman or a public building as a potential terrorist, or family and friends who want to take photographs of their children at school events as potential paedophiles.  Amateur photography  used to be regarded as a legitimate and acceptable pastime, not as an underhand activity to be regarded with suspicion.  I would like to see it restored to its former status.

Create a new motoring offense of not driving in the left lane whenever possible eliminating hogging the middle and fast lane s

One things Europeans are good at is getting back into the inside lane after overtaking.  Unlike drivers in the UK who hog the middle and fast lanes, Europeans use the road space in the way it was intended.

Anyone driving on any motorway in the UK will witness people steadfastly holding their place in the middle lane come what may and never getting over.

If they did, we would probably need half the road widening schemes we have.  Check it out next time you are on a motorway.  We are terrible at it and we need to be fined to get it into our heads.

Why is this idea important?

One things Europeans are good at is getting back into the inside lane after overtaking.  Unlike drivers in the UK who hog the middle and fast lanes, Europeans use the road space in the way it was intended.

Anyone driving on any motorway in the UK will witness people steadfastly holding their place in the middle lane come what may and never getting over.

If they did, we would probably need half the road widening schemes we have.  Check it out next time you are on a motorway.  We are terrible at it and we need to be fined to get it into our heads.

Create a new motoring offense of not driving in the left lane whenever possible eliminating hogging the middle and fast lane s

One thing Europeans are good at is driving on the inside lane whenever possible.  In the UK, one can see drivers going miles and miles stuck in the middle or fast lanes and not getting over as they should.

If everyone did drive in the slow lane whenever possible, we would need half the new road widening schemes we have.

Why is this idea important?

One thing Europeans are good at is driving on the inside lane whenever possible.  In the UK, one can see drivers going miles and miles stuck in the middle or fast lanes and not getting over as they should.

If everyone did drive in the slow lane whenever possible, we would need half the new road widening schemes we have.

Change tax to stop carriers importing worlds solo kids.

Airlines and other carriers should carry the cost through taxation when they allow children to travel unnacompanied without suitable care being prearranged for their arrival in Britain.

Children are systematically sent to britain unnacompanied in the knowledge that they will be supported by the British taxpayer when they arrive in Britain.

Why is this idea important?

Airlines and other carriers should carry the cost through taxation when they allow children to travel unnacompanied without suitable care being prearranged for their arrival in Britain.

Children are systematically sent to britain unnacompanied in the knowledge that they will be supported by the British taxpayer when they arrive in Britain.

Remove DEFRA travel route restrictions for pet dogs and cats with correct veterinary treatments

Remove DEFRA's entirely pointless restrictions on travel methods and points of entry when traveling with a EU-microchipped and correctly vaccinated/worm treated pet dog or cat into the UK. If the animal is 'safe' to enter on some official DEFRA-approved route, then there is no possible reason why it should become 'unsafe' if the same animal from the same foreign country with the same vacccinations and treatments appears at the same port of entry but on a non-DEFRA-approved flight number, or at any other port of entry by any travel method.

  
At present, accounding to the DEFRA website, 'Dogs, cats and ferrets entering the UK under PETS may only do so on certain sea, air and rail routes', an apparently arbitrary list of selected commercial flight numbers, a few ferry routes and several executive jet companies and Eurotunnel, and specifically 'You may not bring a pet into the UK from a private boat or plane'.


These travel-method restrictions are unique to UK – other Euopean countries, who are no doubt just as concerned about the possible import of rabies and other unpleasant microbes and parasites, do not have travel-route restrictions. Even, for example, Sweden, which similar to UK has extra veterinary  import requirements (e.g. de-worming) above the EU standard, allows you to import your dog or cat by any method into any port of entry.

Why is this idea important?

Remove DEFRA's entirely pointless restrictions on travel methods and points of entry when traveling with a EU-microchipped and correctly vaccinated/worm treated pet dog or cat into the UK. If the animal is 'safe' to enter on some official DEFRA-approved route, then there is no possible reason why it should become 'unsafe' if the same animal from the same foreign country with the same vacccinations and treatments appears at the same port of entry but on a non-DEFRA-approved flight number, or at any other port of entry by any travel method.

  
At present, accounding to the DEFRA website, 'Dogs, cats and ferrets entering the UK under PETS may only do so on certain sea, air and rail routes', an apparently arbitrary list of selected commercial flight numbers, a few ferry routes and several executive jet companies and Eurotunnel, and specifically 'You may not bring a pet into the UK from a private boat or plane'.


These travel-method restrictions are unique to UK – other Euopean countries, who are no doubt just as concerned about the possible import of rabies and other unpleasant microbes and parasites, do not have travel-route restrictions. Even, for example, Sweden, which similar to UK has extra veterinary  import requirements (e.g. de-worming) above the EU standard, allows you to import your dog or cat by any method into any port of entry.

Freedom of movement

We should be allowed to go across borders without being subjected to immigration control within the EU. Many countries in Europe have signed up to this and can move around freely. I believe we should have the same rights, as we already pay for membership, so we should get this benefit. It is especially needed for those people who spend their time traveling back and forth.

Why is this idea important?

We should be allowed to go across borders without being subjected to immigration control within the EU. Many countries in Europe have signed up to this and can move around freely. I believe we should have the same rights, as we already pay for membership, so we should get this benefit. It is especially needed for those people who spend their time traveling back and forth.

Kill Eurostar’s Monopoly on Surface Travel between UK and Continent

When Eurostar was first put into operation I was surprised that ferry services for foot passengers connecting ferries with trains were discontinued.

This is not to say that ferries are always preferable. Sometimes direct trains are more convenient. But Eurostar’s monopoly on surface travel has meant:

  1. High fares in comparison to other continental services
  2. Strict unchangeable times (unless you are willing to pay through the nose for just the choice to pay the high fees for changing).  This adds considerable stress to travel.

The solution is to:

  1. Restore ferry services AND make easy physical connections between ferries and trains (i.e. with no cumbersome intervening bus services)
  2. Allow other rail operators (like Deutsche Bahn and SNCF) to run trains through the tunnel.

Why is this idea important?

When Eurostar was first put into operation I was surprised that ferry services for foot passengers connecting ferries with trains were discontinued.

This is not to say that ferries are always preferable. Sometimes direct trains are more convenient. But Eurostar’s monopoly on surface travel has meant:

  1. High fares in comparison to other continental services
  2. Strict unchangeable times (unless you are willing to pay through the nose for just the choice to pay the high fees for changing).  This adds considerable stress to travel.

The solution is to:

  1. Restore ferry services AND make easy physical connections between ferries and trains (i.e. with no cumbersome intervening bus services)
  2. Allow other rail operators (like Deutsche Bahn and SNCF) to run trains through the tunnel.

Remove the need to submit receipts for fuel expenses

The need to submit VAT receipts for mileage claims is completely pointless.  There is no way of directly attributing the fuel used to a particular receipt.  This merely causes pointless paperwork and means additional receRipts need to be printed at the petrol stations which is bad for the environment.

Why is this idea important?

The need to submit VAT receipts for mileage claims is completely pointless.  There is no way of directly attributing the fuel used to a particular receipt.  This merely causes pointless paperwork and means additional receRipts need to be printed at the petrol stations which is bad for the environment.