First off I will start by explaining I am just an 'ordinary' English person. I don’t claim to be an expert in politics or economics or even
current affairs. I do however claim to be an expert at being one among millions of people not satisfied with the way the country and the world are
going. I want to see change!. I also don’t claim to have an answer to every problem.
With the above in mind you may decide my thoughts have no value, your entitled to think that and maybe they don’t. But if I don’t share my
thoughts and ideas there is no discussion and I have no voice. A voice for the people is one of mankind's greatest and most fundamental rights (I am
one of the lucky ones in the world able to use my voice and express my thoughts).
1. Addressing the perpetrators of terror
1.1 The government and the press should drop the term 'radical Muslim' ,'muslim extremist' etc and simply refer to the individuals carrying out
these atrocities as something like 'radical idealists' thereby separating them from the Muslims in general. Most Muslims denounce these people and
we as a nation should not only acknowledge that but also refuse to give false credit or misguided credit. While it seems these peoples roots are
with Muslims it is clear these terrorists have become something that is not Muslim-they have 'mutated' into something diferent.
1.2 The press should not name terrorists in doing it seems that get a deranged 'hero' status instead simply refer to them as subject A, subject B
etc. much in the same way special forces operatives are often referred to as soldier A soldier B etc.
1.3 Run hide tell procedure should be introduced in schools and if not already ,than be part of the health and safety briefing new employees
undertake in businesses in major cities.
1.4 There should be a house of commons debate and possibly a referendum- (sorry, yes more voting!) on the possibility of all police officers being
firearm trained and equipped during heightened terror alerts. I realize there is a cost* and moral implication to this but one I feel is worthwhile.
1.5 If not done so already a database should be set up that alerts authority to the buying or renting of vehicles by any of the individuals on the
intelligence services 'watchlist' as at the moment that doesn’t seem to be happening.
1.6 Again if not already done so individuals returning from ISIS haunts such as Syria should be detained on entry to the UK until security services
have checked their background and debriefed them.
1.7 Greater efforts need to be made on how we integrate multicultural into one 'United Kingdom' maybe taking a leaf from the U.S Citizenships
Naturalization Test requiring a test on: English and Civics (U.K. history and government)
2. Bringing Education into relevance
2.1 Greater efforts need to be made to ready young people for the real world and reducing the pressure of exams. This could be done by spreading
examinations over a longer period and also by adding more practical qualifications for those not traditionally scholastic see 2.3.
2.2 Schooling needs to take a path that is more practical and readies young people for the 'great outdoors'. Being taught life subjects such as form
and application form completing, basic food preparation skills, changing a fuse or light bulb, basic car maintenance. Opening a bank account,
conducting a shopping trip' looking for and applying for accommodation and associated services ie electric gas tv etc.
2.3 More relevant practical skills taught in schools ie trade basics carpentry electrical and plumbing as well as tech skills such as web development,
photography, and office skills. Resulting in nvq style qualifications.
3. Dealing with long-term unemployed
3.1 those able to work but unable or unwilling to find work within a set period (1 year?) should partake in a 'willing to work program' these
people can conduct work in community programs. See 3.2. Those unwilling to take part in 'willing to work' will have benefits stopped or reduced and
food vouchers issued in lieu of payments.
3.2 setting up of community programs including assisting councils in street cleaning, park maintenance, roadside verge cutting and clearing. Also
working with charities, this would not only help to improve and experience the environment these people live within but also help them find employment
by being able to demonstrate a good work ethic and provide experience. These programs will not be instead of looking for work and so would be
restricted to 20 hrs per week to allow job searching.
4. Making taxation and economy fairer
4.1 All working families should receive a 'base universal credit' based upon the national minimum income seewww.minimumincome.org.uk...
home receives a minimum income with employers topping up this amount by respective levels. This should mean there is no one having to live in poverty
as well as helping to remove/blur any stigma for those having to rely on assistance from the government to survive.
4.2 All employees taxed 100% up to an amount based upon the national minimum income which is then paid out as a benefit. This would ensure everyone
is paid at least the minimum wage.
5. improving the United Kingdoms roads
5.1 Road tax to be scrapped and a fuel duty added to fuel. Those who use the road most will on average pay more. This will also have a knock-on
effect of encouraging people to buy more efficient cars with smaller cc engines thereby also benefiting the environment and in effect helping to make
it harder to run a car on the road that is not taxed, instead of relying completely on ANPR cameras cars.
5.2 MOT test fee increased by a small amount adding a vehicle insurance check, and also issue of a new number plate 'badged to expiry date' this
will help to make it easier to identify if a vehicle is
MOT'd as well as being a visual reminder of the expiry date.
5.3 Finance raised from speed cameras to be paid towards repairing our roads,
5.4 On passing your driving test you are then required to drive 2 years without any driving offences. Failing to complete this term results in a
requirement for 5 lessons and retake of a test. This will ensure new drivers will drive with care.
5.5 Cyclists to pay a small yearly permit to use road, cyclists caught without will be issued a fixed penalty fine. The income from the permit will
be used to maintain roads as well as on improving cycle paths. Finance derived from catching cyclists without a permit will go towards the local
constabulary in order to assist in financing the policing.