(Original post by Thunderforce)
I believe in nationalized rail and water, as I think it's unfair to allow people to have a claim over the water reservoirs etc. and think they should be used for the public good, not for profit.
It seems very difficult for the railways to allow competition in any system that is chosen, especially the one we have at the moment. At the moment we struggle as we have companies making profit and providing a poor service, but having a monopoly on routes so people use them and no one willing to invest in infrastructure. Rail use should be encouraged as it speeds up traffic on the roads and is more environmentally friendly than cars.
However, when competition is easy to achieve, and barriers to entering the industry is low enough I'm all for the private sector.
Schools I think would work better if the government gave all children an education voucher of the average amount it costs to educate a student in a state school, and allow the parents to choose to top it up if they want, and which school their child goes to. Having this coupled with allowing schools to largely do as they please (Not following such a strict curriculum, choosing what exams students take, deciding what teacher pay is going to be etc.) will create competition and will be to the benefit of the country. Interviews for more universities or a required exam for different universities is going to be necessary, but i believe this is a little problem.
Medicine, I don't see why a private system can not work. Essentially the system they have in Switzerland is the one that i favour.
I believe there should be more tax breaks and such like for small businesses, as the more competition we have the better the value of services we'll receive.
Some benefits are necessary and without them, more people would resort to crime/not have enough to eat/be forced to work long hours with a lower quality of life, but I think when people work there benefits shouldn't be cut, having a sliding scale (for every £2 earned, you lose £1 in benefits) I think is a good idea. At the moment there are many people who are better off out of work, and i think that's a ridiculous situation.
Immigration is often a good thing, but I don't think they should be able to claim benefits for an initial period of time or before they have contributed enough in taxes. Also there should be no blanket policy. (All people from the EU are allowed) From what i know about the EU i think we'd be better off out of it. More localism is important IMO.
I also think people should be able to do with their own bodies what they wish, so long as they are not damaging other people directly. If drugs were legalized it would allow people to get better treatment, and stop so many people dying from overdoses. (Lots of people don't know the strength of the heroin they have, as the person they normally gives it to them makes it 10% pure)
I believe what people do on the internet is not government’s business, and if someone wishes to talk to others they shouldn’t have to fear other people invading their privacy.
There are a number of issues i'm undecided on, such as the minimum wage.
Which wing do think i belong to and how far along would you say i was?
Thanks for reading.