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    Didn't seem to ridiculous till I read tax the rich lest... As the Dragons would say "I'm out."
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    (Original post by amii_G)
    Sounds slightly dystopian to me.. I'm liking CandyFlipper's idea of going back to the hippy days!
    I'm not really a hippy, lol, I think capitalism is the best economic system we have! :yep:
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    If i ranz for teh secretary of da states i w00d put all da greedy pollotishans and da chavs in a big house and blow the **** out of it wif a big bomb. Predetermined natural selection FTW.
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    But lets be realistic. Do the youth of today really care if the sun starts a crusade against there antics in Ibiza? Its not going to deter them, just bring there attention to more. Its like, the sun has driven a war against yobs in this country yet nothings happened, so that policy is pointless. Its implying people will change due to the media, yet brainwashing individuals is something which is harder to do in todays society. Also, you mention photographing school plays and so forth. I see where your coming from, but there is and will always remain the fact that peadophiles will take advantage when they get the opportunity. I think you said that maybe to tell us that you want to eradicate some form of political correctness which you think has gone too far, but in this case i agree with the legislation on that matter. Overall though, i do agree with your policies and with an effective governement in place, could actually dramatically improve Britain. Also, today for the second time ever i was watching the daily politics show and all i saw was our PM and David Cameron arguing like little stubborn schoolboys. Yet there squabbles aren't constructive and are taking away crucial bill making time which could prevent death in war and innumerable other problems. It just really annoyed me, with the opposite parties jeering at each other, not being able to work with each other because there envious of the power and whatever. Anyway, good post.
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    (Original post by _Ravi_)
    “Greatness in individuals is rare; in countries it is almost unique. And Great Britain was great. It used to be said that ‘The sun never sets on the British empire.’ That is how vast Britain’s influence was. And that influence, on balance, was far more positive than negative.”

    In the light of all the threads about countries/things better than the UK/Britain today, I started reading some articles and made a list. Here is my unfinished list, you can add to it if you want, or say whether you agree or disagree with my points.

    1. Encourage Invention and Entrepreneurialism.
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    The British have been an incredibly inventive people over the centuries so how about encouraging individuals to invent and to start companies just at this moment when there are 2 or 3 million unemployed twiddling their fingers? Imagine what could be invented in the proverbial garden shed by people with ideas and time on their hands.
    I suggest that the Government allow anyone who sets up a company one year free of tax to help the unemployment situation along.
    Yes, this would mean that the government would forgo a bit of tax, but they wouldn't be paying unemployment benefit -- win some, lose some. It would mean that an inventor would be very careful before setting up a business as he could only do it once, tax free.
    2. Take the lead and Legalize drugs.

    There are many good arguments for this on the internet, here is a decent one:
    http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/showthread.php?t=772493

    3. Make criminals fear the law (and get rid of ASBOs for god’s sake).

    4. Embrace positive aspects of British history.
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    1. “The British colonies learned about individual rights, parliamentary government, civil service and courts of justice, to name of few of the benefits that the British brought with them. Were it not for British involvement, India might still have sati (burning wives on the funeral pyre of their husband), would have no unifying language, and probably no parliamentary democracy or other institutions and values that have made that country a democratic giant, now on its way to becoming an economic one as well.”

    2. A self-important college freshman walking along the beach took it upon himself to explain to a senior citizen resting on the steps why it was impossible for the older generation to understand his generation. "You grew up in a different world, actually an almost primitive one" the student said loud enough for others to hear. "The young people of today grew up with television, jet engines, space travel, man walking on the moon. We have nuclear energy, ships and cell phones, computers with light speed ... and many more."

    After a brief silence, the senior citizen responded as follows.

    "You're right son. We didn't have those things when we were young ... so we invented them. Now, you aggrogant little sh*t what are you doing for the next generation?"

    5. Get rid of Gordon Brown and elect a Prime-Minister with balls, who can show some dignity and pride in his day-to-day life and handle the media correctly.

    6. Most people won’t agree with this, but I don’t care. Ban Red Top tabloids, reality TV and celebrity magazines.

    7. Condemn the behaviour of Brits abroad. Disgrace it in the media by making an example of those who do not represent the country well.

    8. Strict, over-the-top punishments for anyone caught selling alcohol, cigarettes or knives to those without ID.

    9. Develop a set of values of how a British man and British woman should behave by, regardless of race, sexual orientation, financial background or other discriminating factors. Make these known to everyone from a young age, through schools, pubic campaigns etc.

    10. Use the media to make the public more aware of positive actions by good people, to help create more positive role models.

    11. Compulsory environmental or charity projects for young people in schools.

    12. Scrap EMA and replace it with a voucher/receipt system (I'm on £30 a week + massive bonuses, I only really need £10 max without bonuses, and if I want to treat myself I should use my own money). If people need it for transport give them a special oyster card. If they need it for lunch, don't we have a dinner ticket system in place? Make young people work for money.

    13. Be more conservative with taxpayer's money, and in turn tax the rich less. It just annoys me how much money we throw around, especially when some people are being taxed 40% of their salary over a certain amount.

    14. Allow parents to take photographs of school plays and sport's days. Or videos of their children's football matches. Not doing so creates an atmosphere of mistrust.

    15. We should elect our public services representatives locally. Britain is too heavily populated to manage centrally, so things need to be micro-managed. If the head of the police is no good at their job then you should be able to vote for a new one. This would increase the power of the people to tackle unsatisfactory services and would mean that jobs are done with the welfare of the community in mind rather than central government targets. It would certainly make councils sit up and do their jobs properly.
    To OP: Your an idiot. It was all going fairly well until you mentioned EMA, it has such a small significance in the running of the country that it shows your only in it for selfish reasons. EMA is fine.
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    EMA is needed for people, in Geography there is a £150 trip, are you seriously saying that the young person should have to pay it or get it off the parent.

    There is a reason that people get EMA...because there parents earn under £30k a year and when people are looked after by a single parent it's awfully hard for the parent to earn more than £30k so it is a good system and gives people a reason to go to school.

    'Make people work for money' the whole point of EMA is so that people stay in school and don't leave it to find work. Just by going to 6th form or college 5 days a week is working for it due to high intensity and difficulty of the work.
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    (Original post by SacreBleu)
    To OP: Your an idiot. It was all going fairly well until you mentioned EMA, it has such a small significance in the running of the country that it shows your only in it for selfish reasons. EMA is fine.
    I don't know what you mean by selfish, I get full EMA. Anyone else that I've talked to who gets full EMA agrees that £30 per week is over the top. I didn't mean this as a political manifesto anyway, it was just a list of suggestions. Some of it wasn't even serious i.e the tabloid one.
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    (Original post by Thomasmc135)
    EMA is needed for people, in Geography there is a £150 trip are you seriously saying that the young person should have to pay it or get it off the parent.
    I didn't think about school trips, I don't think we had any trips which we had to pay for in my sixth form but that's a good point.
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    bring back Mrs. Thatcher....
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    I agree with all of them apart from the magazines and probably the EMA.
    (Original post by smalltownboy)
    So basically we are making a concept of a Nation objectively great by forcing everyone to hold the same opinion as you? Far too much brainwashing and authoritarianism in there for me.
    Coming from someone with the EU flag next to their name?:rolleyes:
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    1. Leave the EU.

    2. Ban all Muslim immigration

    3. Ban all Muslim immigraiton
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    (Original post by _Ravi_)

    12. Scrap EMA and replace it with a voucher/receipt system (I'm on £30 a week + massive bonuses, I only really need £10 max without bonuses, and if I want to treat myself I should use my own money). If people need it for transport give them a special oyster card. If they need it for lunch, don't we have a dinner ticket system in place? Make young people work for money.
    This doesn't fit in with your other so called "policies". Its too minor compared to the rest.
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    (Original post by Kemik)
    You stopped at 15. You're missing five. Maybe 16 should be "Teach children to count".
    (Original post by _Ravi_)
    In the light of all the threads about countries/things better than the UK/Britain today, I started reading some articles and made a list. Here is my unfinished list, you can add to it if you want, or say whether you agree or disagree with my points.
    Maybe 16 should be "Teach children to read".
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    (Original post by JayDay92)
    Maybe 16 should be "Teach children to read".
    Maybe 16 should be "Realise a 21 year old is not a child".
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    Vague. Be more specific or else it's just posturing.
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    (Original post by Kemik)
    Maybe 16 should be "Realise a 21 year old is not a child".

    Oh sorry, by your pathetic comment I assumed you were a child.
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    As a mature student of 51 years of age, who has lived through both Conservative and Labour administrations over the years, I feel that I have a broad and balanced view of How to make Britain a better place in which to live (but still have no doubt that we live in the best place in the world - GREAT BRITAIN) in this 21st century.

    I believe aspiration and opportunity for all citizens of the UK.

    I believe in a kind of caring conservative ethos with a touch of socialism without being a wishy washy liberal.

    I believe anyone who wants to get on in life should be able to do so after starting at the bottom and rising to the top, in whatever walk of life that may be.

    I definitely do not believe in the politics of envy.

    I grew up in near Newport in South Wales and strongly believe that we are stronger together as one United Kingdom, not fragmented apart as many in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland wish - but I am afraid it looks as if it is speeding towards that situation after the devolution vote and setting up of Assemblies.

    Anyway, that was just a bit of background about myself and my views.

    What I want to suggest here is a few practical ways in which the UK could benefit greatly with a few changes to our political policies.

    DEFENCE AND SECURITY:

    Having played a small part having been involved in the effort to regain the Falkland Islands after the Argentinian invasion in 1982, I believe the defence and security of our islands are of paramount importance. Yes, the world and the threat has changed but it can change again very quickly. I would 100% keep our Nuclear deterrent and give the British armed forces and security services a bigger budget.

    LAW AND ORDER:

    I do believe that the laws of the UK and any civil society must be upheld. If I had committed/convicted a serious crime against property, person or state, I would expect the law to punish me without complaint. I would remove all luxuries from prison, create cells of 4 persons with 2 x bunk beds, remove en-suite toilets from cells and back to buckets and slopping out, get rid of all TV's, Xboxes, Snooker tables, etc. Make food nutritious but basic and only one choice - take it or leave it. ALL prisoners would dig a large hole in the prison grounds (from Monday to Friday) - Have the weekends off to contemplate their crime, then fill and tamp the hole back in (next Monday to Friday). I would reduce sentences by half after all that hard labour. This would have two positive effects on our society and economy. Firstly, the cost of imprisonment and Justice would massively reduce by saving money and secondly the prisoners would not want to commit crime so easily and go back to such a hard life, and not only the prisoner deterrent but think of all that prisoners friends, family and children being told how hard it was, thus significantly reducing the prison population within a few years.

    TRANSPORT:

    Personally, I would implement full Government owned and run land based transport system - not for profit but paid for by taxes - Rail, Buses,etc - as these public services used to be. It would join up a fragmented UK transport system, (ie - trains waiting for trains schedule, buses waiting for buses schedule, etc), Give more employment to workers, who could progress up the career ladder within UK transport. Yes, this might cost the UK government (us in taxes) more but would be a great British asset.

    TAXATION:

    Raise the threshold of when a lower paid worker starts paying UK income tax, so that it is an incentive for workers to work and employers to employ more staff. (example - no income tax up to £12,000), then raise income tax from 20% to 25% for workers (£12,000 - £50,000) , then set a flat 40% income tax rate over £50,000. No tax avoidance - big fines for individuals and companies and accountants breaking the law - Everyone pays. Work your way up the career ladder/earnings ladder - NO mansion tax (politics of envy)- I believe an individual community charge is a better way, rather than a tax based on how large or small your house is, Everyone who can pay, should pay - after all we all use, rubbish collection, police, street sweepers, litter collection,leisure centers,etc , etc (maybe with a rural/urban different rate).

    EUROPEAN UNION:

    I believe we should leave the EU following a referendum ‘out’ vote and all legislative powers to rest with our Westminster parliament and negotiate a new trade agreement with the EU countries.

    HOUSING:

    We should definitely be building more Housing for people , both private and social rented housing. But use so called brown field sites (ie, empty warehouses, factories, reclaimed city land, etc) before building on fields - how many empty office blocks, deteriorating old factory buildings, etc do we see in city's? I am sure lots of people would want to live in these locations.

    HEALTH CARE:

    The NHS is a no brainer for me, we have the best system already. social and elderly care needs to be funded correctly and the young have to start saving or contributing to their old age.

    IMMIGRATION:

    I believe immigration is good for us and that a Points based system should be used to select migrants with skills and attributes we need in the UK. Both European and Worldwide equally - we need the best.

    EDUCATION:

    sex and relationship education to secondary school pupils after 11 years of age - no sex education for primary school pupils. Ban ALL religious schools in UK as they are divisive but teach mainstream religions in school classrooms. Scrap university fees for students taking degrees in science, technology, maths or engineering on condition they pay UK tax and work in the discipline for five years upon completing studying.

    WELFARE:

    I believe that we need a safety net for people to fall back on in circumstances when they need help. But, I certainly do not believe in the so called "benefits culture". This should not be a social choice for many. I would also restrict child benefit to two children and stop paying it all together for children who do not live in Britain.

    These are just a few of the policies that I think could put the GREAT back into BRITAIN again. - Thank you - VK
 
 
 
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