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Post by kappa99 on Sat 17 Apr 2010, 3:23 am

carrying on from the debate on TV where Brown made himself look like a miserable old fanny, what would you do on the following...(Feel free to leave out any you dont understand or know...)


The Economy:


Education:



The Wars:



Immigration:




The NHS:




Banking:




MCAT/Meow Meow




OTHER DRUGS:





Family:





Layabouts/Benefit Scroungers
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Post by Grandpa Clivey on Sat 17 Apr 2010, 6:05 am

If elected Prime Minister I would...
Here's a few things.
The Economy:
1. Ensure that all Government Departments founf at least £1 of saving in every £100 they spend in the current financial year so that the proposed increase in national insurance in 2011 does not go ahead.
2. Have an urgent review of Government expenditure to cut out waste, duplication and bureaucracy to save money
3. Tackle the budget deficit now. Cut out all powers of Central Government to regulate local government. the NHS, schools, etc.. Drastically reduce top civil servants pay when their posts become vacant. Freeze recruitment, except for the actual practioners in the NHS.
5. Redeploy penpushers in Whitehall and Central Government departments into teachers, prospn officers and police.
6. Abolish NI tax for 2 years new small companies on the first 10 employees they hire in the first year.
Have a total review of the tax system. Should there be income tax and National insurance which is income tax by another name, why is there a tax on insurance premiums, etc?
Scrap the national ID system.

Education:
Take the emphasis off raising the percentage of pupils gaining 5 A-C's and put it on teaching primary school children the basics, not allowing any (except those who are otherwise bright but have dyslexia) to leave primary school until they can read and write properly.
Support the poorest families by extending Sure Start to ensure that all children get the best start in life.
I would bring back the Assisted Places scheme to give children from financially poor families the opportunity tp gp tp fee paying grammar schools, BUT I would strive to make all state schools as good as fee paying schools by ensuring that teachers were well qualified, and giving finacial bonuses to high achieiving graduates to enter teaching.

The Wars:
There needs to be a Strategic Review of the armed forces, urgently, to determine their purpose, for the next 10-20 years, and then ensure that they have the right equioment to do the job.
Review our involvement in Afghanistan. Lib, Lab, and Con all say we should train the Afghan security people and then pull out. That seems sensible, but why are we not taking direct action to destroy the poppfields?


Immigration:
Put a cap on immigration to allow only those who are needed to fill jobs where there is a shortage of qualified people, e.g. dentists. The open door immigration which we've had, plus amnesties on illegal immigrants, damages race relations.

The NHS:
What's wrong with the NHS is the bureaucracy, and the Government imposed performance targets. There's too much micromanagement by Central Government. I'd get rid of all that. I'd allow doctors and specialists to detrmine priorities in discussion with their local health authority. I'd scrap regional health authorities.
Brown goes on about ensuring people have access to their doctors at weekends and in the evenings. You could at our local doctors until Blair stopped it in 1998.
About 4 years ago I was admitted to Accident and Emergency as my heart was beating 180 times a minute. I had not been exercising. I was admitted overnight while having my blood pressure tested frequentl (for the first 2 hours evry 2 minutes), and while having drugs pumped into my arm. I was discharged after a day wiith an instruction to take a particular tablet until I was asked to see a specialist. 3 weeks letter I attended for an ultrasound scan of my heart. The drug I was taking had awful side effects - I had chest and arm pains, and feelings of panic. I went to my GPs to ask them to get me an appointment with the specialist. 5 months later, still on that drug I nearly passed out while driving down the motorway. An emergency ambulancce took me to a different hospital. The specialist wrote to my hospital suggesting an appointment me made for me. I had to wait another 5 months to see a specialist who immediately took me off the drug I was on, and put me on another which works fine A lot of money could have been saved if they'd acted sooner. About 18 months ago I had an appointment to see a different specialist. I thought nothing of it, assuming that mine was on holiday. When I got there they apologised that due to a clerical error they'd booked me with the wrong specialist, and so I had to wait again for a new appointment.



Banking:
Restore the regulation of banks to the Bank of England. Brown took oit off them and gave it to a new quango, and then told the quango not to worry about regulating the banks.


MCAT/Meow Meow
Drugs generally. Being a libertarian I'm coming to the view that soft drugs should be de-criminalised, that is that they should be available in lcensed premises, as is tobacco and alcohol. It would stuill be a criminal offence to distribute them without a license and to make them without a license. 70% of crime is drug related, either those who need to find money for drugs or those distributing drugs. To license them wowuld be a drastic reduction in petty crime. Hard drugs would still be regulated, but the emphasis should be on the drug maker / distributor, not the taker who has become addicted.

My local councillor told me about one of her electors who considered the Children's Support Agency was hounding him for too much money, taking money out of his job seekers allowance. I said that he should take responsibility for his children and his former partner, only to find out that he has children by 2 or 3 different women. What we have to do is get across to people, somehow, that parents have a responsibility for their children.
I grew up in a 2 parent family. I don't condemn 1 parent families or single parents. Children develop better if they are in a loving family.

(For parents also include guardians and for families also include civil partnerships - just on that I agree with same sex marriages although wouldn't enforce any church to marry same sex couples)

I am in favour of private health provision and fee-paying schools if people want to partake. Both take pressure off the NHS and state schools. I have only used private health once, when I had nasal poyps and was finding it har to breathe. The waiting list to see a specialist was 3 months. I paid £60 and saw one in 4 days, and the waiting list for the operation was 6 months. I paid £1,000 and had my operation within a week. When I left school had no money, and my parents were financially poor, but I was brought up to save so that I could look after myself.

(Just as an aside to illustrate how tight money was when I was ypunger (aged about12). I fell over really badly on an uneven payment. The first thing my mother said to me was "I hope you haven't torn your trousers", rather than asking how I was, as they were my only pair of school trousers and they had no money to buy me any replacements, so I do know what being short of mioney is like)
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Re: If elected Prime Minister I would...

Post by kappa99 on Mon 19 Apr 2010, 9:40 pm

The Economy:
A higher tax on cigarrettes, alcohol and high emission cars.
A removal of unnecessary benefits.
Bonuses to "fat cats" restricted and heavily taxed.
Banks separated into two forms-high street and investment
Pulling out of Afghanistan
Cut backs on public services

Education:
Same as Clive- You stay in primary until you can read and write properly, and you need to complete a minimum number of years education, rather than have a set leaving age.
Power returning to teachers and not pupils. Unruly pupils not suspended and given holidays, but given extended school hours.



The Wars:
Pulling out of Afghanistan ASAP.


Immigration:
3-5 years of no immigration, bar refugees and those who can fil jobs we struggle to fill.

After 5 years, only those who can speak a standard of English and have a trade/qualification, unless they are refugees to be alllowed.

Community days where "Typical Brits" and "Typical non-Brits" mix, learn about each others culture and have parades. (I cant think of a better way to describe Brits and non brits, I basically mean people who arent from a foreign land initially).

Immigrants to be found houses in mixed areas, rather than shoving them into little ghettos which create tension, crime and hatred.





The NHS:
Less rediculous management positions and admin roles.

Removal of the methadone scheme- peopel taught to be weaned off of drugs and educated so they can find a job.




Banking: See economy




MCAT/Meow Meow: Banned until further investigation, then possibly create a new "class D" range of drugs which can be bought,sold and made under licence.




OTHER DRUGS:

No change.





Family:
An encouragement for children to be brought up in 2 parent families. Thanks to Labours "You cant say that!!" behaviour since 1997, everyone is told what they are doing is right.
Studies have proven that children have a much higher chance of becoming model citizens when they are brought up by 2 parents. There are cases where this is impossible, death, jail, abusive parents etc, but there has to be a form of encouraging a 2 parent up bringing.





Layabouts/Benefit Scroungers:
Cash benefits for the first 6 months of unemployment. After this, transferred onto a voucher system whereby essentials are provided and the money sint wasted on narcotics and gambling.

Those on benefits to contribute to the community eg removal of graffiti, clearing litter etc.

Child benefit to be provided only for the first 2 children, and a change to the tax credit system where single mums can work 16 hours (and refuse to work any more) and receive benefits to take them to more than a full time worker.
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