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    (Original post by de_monies)
    I'm more capitalist than socialist, but it's interesting to see that you're actually quite left wing economically and right wing socially. A country works better the other way around
    I see where you're coming from but I'd say I'm quite right-wing economically. I believe in free markets and capitalism but I'd like to see them work without all the state backed monopolies, especially the resource monopolies i.e land/airwaves etc, hence my criticism of the 'housing' (land) market and the BBC.

    Socially I accept I'm right wing by modern standards, but this is only because everyone else has shifted over to the left. The Labour Party's 1983 manifesto for example called with a withdrawal from the EEC, nowadays that would be a policy of the 'far-right'.
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    (Original post by gagaslilmonsteruk)
    Is this in Bournemouth/Poole by any chance? I went through the Poole system, but Bournemouth is like everywhere else starting in year 7.
    I'm in Suffolk and my nephew Norfolk . . .
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    (Original post by Clare~Bear)
    I'm in Suffolk and my nephew Norfolk . . .
    Ahhh fair enough Nice to see that it's not just a very minute group of us southerners going alone with an alternative system
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    1. Tougher criminal system - 3 strikes you're in for life.
    2. Tougher prisons - drug free, no TVs, basic food, have to generate some sort of income to pay for the prison upkeep
    3. Investment in the modernisation of education especially from birth. In an age of mechanisation, we need skilled workers.
    4. No government funding to charities or foreign aid.
    5. Ban on asylum seekers
    6. Freeze all immigration.
    7. Cap all necessary bills to be tied to wages. If wages don't increase, rent, gas, electricity and food will not increase.
    8. Implement a limit on NHS cover for self-inflicted injury. You chose to be fat, we won't pay indefinitely for your healthcover if it goes over what you have paid into the system.



    (Original post by Like a BAWS)
    - DECRIMINALISATION OF DRUGS (big one)
    I'm guessing you don't know that has failed miserably in Portugal?
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    (Original post by Classical Liberal)
    If the government makes a piece of paper and declares it good for payment of taxes and debts, it is for all intents and purposes money.

    You could think of the monetary system as a cycle, much like today, where the government spends money into existence through whatever channel, whether it be a citizens dividend or spending on infrastructure. This money then comes back and can be destroyed when taxes are paid. The debt on the part of the government is the obligation that the money they created to be good for payment of taxes.

    This would mean that there would really be no such thing as fiscal policy. It would all be monetary policy.

    so you advocate a centrally planned money supply?
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    (Original post by chefdave)
    so you advocate a centrally planned money supply?
    I am afraid so. Although it would be completely centrally planned unlike today where we have this weird hybrid of banks and the central banks controlling the money supply. At the very least with a centrally planned money supply we know who to blame. At the moment people can hardly agree on whether its the commercial banks or the central banks who are causing all the problems.

    If it is the governments currency then it hardly seems unreasonable that the government should control it, rather than Bob Diamond.
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    (Original post by Classical Liberal)
    I am afraid so. Although it would be completely centrally planned unlike today where we have this weird hybrid of banks and the central banks controlling the money supply. At the very least with a centrally planned money supply we know who to blame. At the moment people can hardly agree on whether its the commercial banks or the central banks who are causing all the problems.

    If it is the governments currency then it hardly seems unreasonable that the government should control it, rather than Bob Diamond.
    Handing monopoly powers over to the government would result in an economic and moral catastrophe. With all the best will in the world they wouldn't be able to gather enough acurate data quickly enough to second guess market demand so we'd either end up with strong inflation or shortages as they arbitrarily reigned the money supply in. Sure, we'd know who's fault it is, but as with any government programme it would then take them an age to get it sorted, probably after a lengthy period of denial too.

    It fails to tackle the underlying problem anyway; inequalities imbedded in the 'housing' 'market' (land cartel), I suspect that a land value tax alone is enough to sorting out the banking crisis. Without the monopoly rental income that land generates to lend against the banks would have to severely curtail their activities and only lend to productive enterprise.

    Monopolies are the problem, not the solution!
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    (Original post by Cool Kid)
    I'm guessing you don't know that has failed miserably in Portugal?
    No it hasn't, it's been an overall success. I studied it a few months back as part of an individual investigation assignment for welsh baccalaureate.
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    It's a little thing but it's been bugging me massively recently - sort out the parking fines system! I've been fined for stupid things recently that I had no idea were illegal!
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    (Original post by Like a BAWS)
    No it hasn't, it's been an overall success. I studied it a few months back as part of an individual investigation assignment for welsh baccalaureate.
    Maybe the problem was you were being taught be teachers, not professors:

    "Portugal also continues to have high, drug-related mortality
    and injecting drug user-related HIV and AIDS,
    albeit not the highest prevalence. For example, in 2008,
    Portugal had among injecting drug users the third
    highest rate of HIV (behind Spain and Latvia) and
    fourth highest incidence of new cases of HIV"

    http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/1...11.00383.x/pdf

    All the positives you hear are grossly spun out of proportion.
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    (Original post by Cool Kid;36647339[LIST=1)
    [*]Implement a limit on NHS cover for self-inflicted injury. You chose to be fat, we won't pay indefinitely for your healthcover if it goes over what you have paid into the system.[/LIST]
    No one choose to be fat. No one wakes up one day and says "I fancy being fat" Being fat comes from a sedimentary lifestyle, and something that tends to affect poorer people - the reason being that they can only afford the cheaper foods (the stuff that has stuff like 28% salt RDA, 50% Carb RDA etc...)

    Of course, a lot are lazy but a lot is that poorer people can't afford better quality food. This is not their fault. You could however make the argument about cigarettes, if they were born say after 1990
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    (Original post by de_monies)
    No one choose to be fat. No one wakes up one day and says "I fancy being fat" Being fat comes from a sedimentary lifestyle, and something that tends to affect poorer people - the reason being that they can only afford the cheaper foods (the stuff that has stuff like 28% salt RDA, 50% Carb RDA etc...)

    Of course, a lot are lazy but a lot is that poorer people can't afford better quality food. This is not their fault. You could however make the argument about cigarettes, if they were born say after 1990
    That argument is just absolute crap. It just does not make any sense, at all.

    You get fat because you have too many calories. You are arguing that poor people can only afford cheap food. And then saying this food is high in calories.

    However if that is the case then all you need to do is reduce consumption that have the right amount of calories. It becomes even cheaper because you need to eat less because the food you eat contains more calories or energy.

    And secondly the argument is absolute crap because poor people can go for a walk, jog or run. They can exercise off the excess calories they have consumred.


    And thirdly, it is still the case that the basic food stuffs that are in general the healthiest are the cheapest. Getting normal food from the supermarket like veg, fruit, canned food etc is a lot cheaper than any take away.
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    Ok couple of ideas.

    Health - Adopt an opt-out organ donation system. It works well in other countries and most of the people who complain about this will be the ones who bother to chose to opt out. Also fine people who turn up wasted on friday/saturday nights and waste the NHS's resources. Spend more money on health promotion so people need the NHS less and imporve waiting times.

    Education - Youngests should be encouraged at an early age to take an interest in subjects and discover more. As well as this, people should have a basic level of education before they leave school. The whole system needs restructuing. The fact some pupils can name the cast of TOWIE but not some of the cabinet is sad. Failing schools should be taken over and modeled on successful versions.

    Every school to have a pen pal system to encourage the students to learn a forgein langugue and more about forgein people as well as their culture. Make schools more sustainable too with recycling schemes and solar panels.

    Sport and the olympics - PE in schools needs a total makeover, in some cases it is just mocking the less able. People should be encouraged to discover the sports they like. More funding to the olympic hopefuls. We should copy china's example and focus on the smaller sports. All people should be encouraged to watch the olympics. Furthermore, there is far too much football on the main channels, show the smaller sports more. All people should also learn how to swim.

    Europe - Start taking our powers back immediately. People from europe can go to scotish unis for free whereas english and welsh people have to pay. Not on. Then start making our voice heard, France and Germany are too dominant. Start developing stronger relations with the other smaller countries.

    Broadband - Make free broadbrand accessable to the whole country and free wiki. 4G too, we are lagging behind in this.

    Transport - Encourage the use of electric cars. Expand the exsisting cycling paths to make cycling accessable to everyone. Invest in high speed rail and make train travel the best it can be. Dramatically improve the quality of roads, possible by adding a tolling system on to the most popualr routes to pay for it.

    Adoption - This should be made easier (with checks obviously) and people should be encouraged. No stupid rules like cant adopt because the baby is a different ethnicity.

    Tourism - Britain needs to attract more tourists and make more people holiday at home. Sell the british attractions and regenerate old areas. Make sure people see all the country has to offer.

    Universities - Make sure all are to a decent standard and make them more accessable to poorer students. Make sure people of all backgrounds can go and make sure people enjoy it.

    Crime - Tougher and harsher setences. Prisons should be a place people want to avoid and prisoners should be made to work in order to pay for their imprisonmnet.

    The environment - All households should recycle and all houses with large enough gardens should have at least one treein it. Promotion of cycling and electric cars as well as making sustainability a large part of the education process. All households should be encouraged to waste less energy through methods like instilation, energy efficient lighting and limiting unnessisary power usage.

    Equality - Discrimination against people based on gender, sexual orientation or race must be stamped out. Starting at school teaching the students how this is wrong and also encouraging parents to discuss this with their children. Workplace discrimination must be crushed whilst advertising campaigns (TV, radio, online, posters ect) hammer home the message. Also target adults so they do not pass on any discrimination. Laws made tighter against this.

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