Guido Fawkes (Anonymous)SPES, the deity of hope & prosperity. Now, the newest, smallest & first ever build your own UK Political Party. Time for change in the UK, a revolution.

1) Stop the wealthy corporate and individual tax dodgers. It is easy, but the Tories, Labour and Lib Dems refuse because they and their backers dodge UK taxes too.

2) Bye bye unelected upper house (Lords) & monarch. The Queen / her progeny can be ceremonial heads of state / ambassadors & stand for election as president if they want.

3) Get rid of the class and present honours system. You are not inferior to others, nor others to you. The class system breeds nothing but bad attitude amongst us all.

4) Stop spending billions on elitist / wannabe empire projects. Put the money into the NHS, schools, universities, social care, leisure, emergency services, defence (but not aggression).

5) Abolish lower income taxes & TV licenses. Have a true luxury rate VAT. Tax money & job exports. Tax pollution. Double tax dodgers. Privatize Westminster, Whitehall & Royal Estates.

6) Reform the electoral system (a win win option does exist). Return fraudulently acquired own to rent properties to the housing market. Double the rates for empty residential property.

7) Incentivize businesses, especially those that export & contribute to tomorrow. Reform welfare, prisons, foreign policy. Make Britain Great again. or Create an Account


How I / we / you would change the UK
17-04-2017, 01:26 PM, (This post was last modified: 12-03-2018, 06:34 AM by Spes.)
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How I / we / you would change the UK
A summary of the changes I would like to make to the UK. I don't want to be a politician. I don't want to rule the world. I don't care if political parties adopt my ideas. I just want to change the UK for the better, and soon.

Feel free to add your own ideas in a reply post.

1) Change the electoral system, big time; (see here).

2) The end of income tax under £100,000 a year (see here) with British citizens taxed on their worldwide incomes even if they are non-resident (like with the US). Taxes to be raised via business tax dodgers (taxing money and job exports) and sales taxes (a true luixury VAT rate for true luxury goods). Councils to get more money for social services, hospitals / schools in their area by doubling council tax on mostly empty properties held by non-resident non-British citizens; 50% council tax hike for non-resident British citizens with mostly empty UK properties. The end of physical money; everything electronic to ensure no-one can evade / avoid taxes. Limits to duty / tax free imports (including from within the EU).

3) Parliament would become virtual and mobile; a) MP's would be based at their local county councils with parliament teleconferencing (no attendance fees here), b) parliament itself would physically travel around the UK (using conference centres, etc.)  with large audience arenas for people to see how their government is working. MP's and Senators (no more Lords) would be required to attend, say, 20% physically, another 60% by teleconference (again, no attendance fees). The Houses of Parliament in Westminster would extensively be turned into offices, shops, and apartments, which would pay for the HUGE maintenance costs of that building.

4) I would offer a referendum to the British people, to replace the current unelected head of state and prime minister with; a) a prime minister who is the logistical (every day) head of state, b) a ceremonial head of state (for example, the Queen), and c) a constitutional head of state, a bit like the one in Iran (but without the religion) who sits behind the scenes, never appears in public, ensures the constitution is upheld, has the power to fire the prime minister (with limitations and consequences).

5) Buckingham Palace, Sandringham, Windsor Castle, Balmoral, etc. would be partly turned over to private investors to maintain and develop the properties as multiple unit holiday lets. A percentage of the lets would be made available for holidays  free of charge for the impoverished and deserving families in the UK, providing they have been good (no criminal acts, etc.).

6) The civil service HQ's (FCO, Home Office, etc.) would be relocated evenly around the UK, to reduce their expenditure and fairly distribute the associated economic advantage their presence brings. The Central London properties they once occupied would be sold to provide apartments. London would be about business, services, not leaches.

7) Prisoners would be moved offshore to our uninhabited islands, where they would help build, maintain and develop their communities. There would be fewer guards but lots of cameras and electronic collars. Prison islands would be graded according to how dangerous the prisoners are. Misbehave, and you get moved to a more dangerous island. No mobile coverage.  More teleconferencing with families, less physical; visits. Prisoners would be encouraged to be a part of a community and have access to job training via the upkeep of the prison.

8) Mainland prisons would be converted to temporary / emergency housing for those that need it. No more paid bed and breakfast emergency housing

9) Parents would be liable for their children's crimes by the percentage the child is not. That is to say, if a child commits a crime and receives a reduced sentence from that an adult would receive, the parents would have to prove they are innocent of contributing to the crime (that they brought the child up well) or face the balance of the reduce sentence.

10) Immigrants claiming asylum and suspected illegal immigrants will be bused to the Isle of Wright where the now vacated prisons there and tagged. If an immigrant provides details of their identity / nationality, they will be allowed to work and earn the wage they would earn in their own country while their case is considered. If they do not provide details of their identity, they will be allowed to work and paid North Korean labourer's wages. They can use the money to send home, for luxuries (e.g. cell phones) or whatever. Those that work will also be given a corresponding amount of Internet time. Those that do not work but are able to, get nothing but shelter, food, etc. The whereabouts of each immigrant identified by their tag. Unable to leave the Isle of Wright except by plane or ferry, immigrants will be able to help the local community and learn English.

11) Pensioners offered special incentives to relocate to the Isle of Wright, where immigrants would be able to help and support them.

12) Building Societies and Banks who loaned money to buy-to-let buyers masquerading as buy-to-live buyers will be fined, greatly, for lending to frauds. Buy-to-let buyers, now landlords who abused buy-to-own loans will be required to sell properties after they reach the end of the original mortgage term for half market value to the local council who will then assume them as council flats / houses (the money to buy the properties to come from private finance, which would obviously be viable).

13) Civil servants to face the mother of all corruption crack downs. First, their wages, holiday and maternity perks, and pensions would be brought into line with the people who paid the taxes to pay them in the first place. Second, all civil servants would be retrained, as public servants, to lose their empty suit nay-saying ways. Third, if a government department is successfully sued for failures by a citizen, the judge would need to identify the civil servants responsible and determine if a personal fine, community service, suspended or even jail sentence would be appropriate.

14) Yes, oh yes, I would offer a referndum to be in the EU, but not being in the EU as before. Government departments would be obligated to milk the EU for every penny they can get, to use all means to support our nationals within other member states (e.g. a) you get in trouble while on holiday in Spain, the FCO makes sure you are given every assistance, b) if you are involved in civil / criminal proceedings, a junior UK barrister reviews your local lawyer's work to ensure your defence is both sound and that you have a path to the European Court of Human Rights, c) the UK would exercise its right in appropriate cases involving our citizens to state file ECtHR and European Commission complaints, so as to ensure they are not dismissed on some meaningless technicality). It annoyed the hell out of me how the UK would honour every EC regulation while many other member states would write the regulations onto their statues (make it law) and then ignore it knowing the EC only required them to write the laws onto their statute even if they were then buried, while the UK honoured every regulation in every sense. This would stop. The useless empty suits in Westminster and Whitehall would make the EU work for us, not us for them.

15) National Service would be reintroduced (although in a different form for many). Leave school without the reasonable prospect of a career in place; welcome to the armed forces (or overseas aid agency work)! University students would still need to pay fees / get student loans but with get outs / discounts according to pass marks they attain. Graduates would then be given the option to discount or even cancel out their loans by providing National Service (trainee lawyers to help the poor and Brits overseas, trainee doctors and nurses to spend some time overseas, some in NHS Trusts, etc).

16) The silver spoon break. Wealthy parents? Good for / lucky you! But when you go to university, you get your place based on ability. And you can not have your fees paid for by your family; you do it like EVERY university student. And, once you graduate, you have to do National Service and repay the loan / fees just like every other student. Once you have learned to pay and earn your own way in this country, then your parents can lavish you as much as they want, of course; that is their right.

17) The end of lad culture (unsocial behaviour). Get caught, do community service.

18) Proud to be British. Children taught to be proud to be British (no matter what their ethnicity). Political classes to replace religious. State social morality youth groups encouraged (without impeaching on human rights), perhaps to replace the scouts and guides, and then to become young guardians of society.

19) The TV license and other BS back door taxes to be phased out. The BBC to start airing charity ads (free of charge to charities) and then commercial ads while their state budget is reduced. Good bye World Service nonsense. The BBC to license their own shows overseas. Eventually all broadcasters required to air charity ads free of charge.

20) Charities need to disclose their health warnings, on TV ads, when collecting money / subscriptions on the street. They need to clearly show a) What percentage of the money actually gets to the grass root level projects and how much is taken in administration costs, b) the salaries of any employees / directors earning above £75,000 per year, c) how much they spend on advertising, and d) what percentage of their actual grass root projects is likely lost through corruption.

21) An end to the closed door UK Government's UK Export Finance program, which facilitates payments to corrupt officials overseas in order to guarantee contracts for British corporation, and which guarantees payments from dodgy governments to certain British corporations. The program need not end, but it needs to be open and transparent, not hidden behind the BS veil of "We can not disclose anything due to commercial confidentiality".

22) An end to BS Overseas "humanitarian aid" being given by the Department for International Development to corrupt foreign governments (whose bent politicians and officials then pocket the cash) all in the (hidden) name of bribery to get contracts out of those countries.

23) Exposure of those countries involved in bent / corrupt loans, aid, etc. identified Transparency International, and through the EU, a new levy placed on imports from non-EU states involved in giving and / or receiving corruption. That is, if China gets a 10% corruption rating, then we tax their exports to us by 10%. We also have a tit-for-tat levy, so that if China retaliates with a 10% tax of their own on our goods, etc., we do the same! That is what being part of a large trading block like the EU should enable because, guess what, corruption is widening the wealth gap and increasing international terrorism, and it needs to be stopped, and soon.

24) Same idea for polluting countries. An import levy on their goods if they pollute more than they should.

25) Same idea for human rights abusing countries.

26) eBay and Amazon and all the rest to collect VAT and pay it to HMRC. No more pop-up tax evading Chinese retailers. UK distribution centres prohibited from offering a tax evading back door to overseas retailers.

27) .co.uk to be for British only businesses. Foreign entities with .co.uk domains to lose them after two years. So, when you click on an online .co.uk store, you know you are buying from a UK store.

28) Whitehall to be rid of civil servants. Government departments fairly relocated around the country. Whitehall buildings to be converted to rental appartments owned by the government.

29) An end to the BS 5 permanent UN Security Council members. The UN Security Council needs to reflect all nations (less penalties for corruption, etc.).

30) And end to the UN being based in New York. It needs to move around, so the HUGE amount of money that gets speant courtesy of its mere presence gets fairly distributed around the world.

31) And end to Brussels being the EU capital. The EU needs to divulge, spread, move. Why should Belgium get all the honey?

32) The Royal Family (except the head of ceremonial state) would have to fly economy on scheduled services. Their salaries, perks, accommodation, etc. be brought into line with senior doctors. Sure, they can fly off to wherever and fly the flag at taxpayer's expense, but not have a jolly nice holiday to boot.

33) A cap on Pay Day loan interest to maximum 30% per annum.

34) Twin currency trading allowed - UK shops and banks be allowed or even encouraged to allow payments in GBP and / or Euros, at the true market rate; a huge boost for our tourism industry and EU exports, a loss only to rich Tory FX traders.

35) TV balloting programs via smart phone aps (similar to how you vote for The Voice, etc. but with extra security), requiring the government to poll opinion on proposed acts and leading the way to electronic election / referendum voting.

36) A full, informed debate on our overseas territories and armed forces, leading to a referendum on the future and funding of both. Personally, I would rather be at peace and see a good part of the money it costs us all instead going into schools and hospitals.
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