One of the obligations on people living in democracies should be to vote, people who dont vote should have their right to vote permanently removed. Evil thrives when good men do nothing. I voted and thankfully got our nice conservative MP back with an increased majority.
For those that care here are my views on politics in the UK.
The most important things the exasperates me beyond belief about the government is its inability to understand;
The government is the servant of the people, it is not the master of the people.
The current breed of dishonest, arrogant, and self servicing politicians forget this. They are only interested in more and more intrusive controls into peoples lives so that people feel start to feel the need for it which is what the filthy Labour party has been doing.
I dont want to say pay tax at 25% and then get 5% credited back less the cost of administering it etc. I want to be charged 20% in the first place. [simplified] Labour campaigned saying that the torrys would abolish tax credits as though there was something wrong with it, which a lot of people seemed to believe because they donâ€™t seem realise that you get rid of the need for it by not taking it from you in the first place.
You take someone elseâ€™s human rights away, you lose yours, simple as that. You take away someoneâ€™s life your lose the right to yours.
Unemployment; The government says it ahs reduced unemployment by say 100,000. What it means is it has created 100,000 new, otherwise unemployable, civil servants.
Only tax payers (and retired tax payers who have contributed and earned the right to vote) should be allowed to vote. After all they are the people who have to ultimately pay for these things. Possibly people should be given a number of votes in proportion to how much tax they pay? I dont like the idea of an unemployable scoundrel telling me I should pay him more of my hard earned money!
Although having said that a measure of how civilised your society is, is how you treat the most unfortunate members of it.
Education; The government says it wants to get 50% of people to have a university level education!?! I doubt 50% of the population is capable of completing, to a sufficient standard, a worthwhile degree. There is perpetual worrying about funding in higher education, well there is a simple solution, you stop spending money on worthless things like media studies degrees, and third rate establishments. We need scientists and engineers, not people with degrees in media studies, and popular culture degrees. We need plumbers not people with worthless degrees from even more worthless "educational" institutions merely to satisfied the egos of politicians who can say they have satisfied there fiddled statistics, and they are helping society.
Public services, I dont want my money as a tax payer going into things I dont use. If i use something I should have to pay for it at the point of use. I pay to license my car every year that notionally goes to building and maintaining roads fair enough (Not the best example because I is not proportional to use/damage/cost).
Local tax now, this pays for having my rubbish collected, fire cover, social services, planning authority, etc. and a swathe of fourth rate otherwise unemployable local government bureaucrats.
Having my rubbish collected costs X amount, fire cover costs Y and administering these costs Z this is a set figure, this is in no way necessarily related to the value of the property I am living in.
Government run AID etc.
The government should have absolutely no right to spent tax payers money on foreigners like subsidies and aid to other countries. As a matter of principle, it is utterly wrong for a government to use money forcibly obtained form its citizens in way that does not benefit them. Particularly to make them selves look go. If they want to do that they can use their own money. If I want to give my money to help needy people that is my personal decisions and mine alone.
This also covers government cancelling third world debt it is not theirs to cancel. Analogy;
I am sent tones of junk mail asking my if I want another credit card, say I am stupid enough to get one and spend more money on it than I can afford to, and ratchet up debts that I then decide I cant afford to pay. This is my fault. If i dont there are unpleasant consequences. There is no reason why I should just have my debit cancelled.
Prison and prisoners. Prisoners should be put to work (and/or educated). Locking people up is expensive, and anything that helps to mitigate this cost by getting the to do something constructive instead of locking them up all day has got to be worth while.
If you want to come into my country, you have to bring something worthwhile with you eg. if you are a doctor, and we are short of doctors. Also you have to speak English, and become culturally British. Multi racism is not a problem multi cultralism is and is very divisive. Political correct BS clouds the two by branding the latter rascist. Walking into a shop in London and finding the shop keeper doesnâ€™t speak English, and doesnâ€™t owe their first allegiance to the country is not acceptable. The current breed of politicians are too spineless to do anything about this.
The Houses of Parliament
I very much liked the idea of the old house of Lords, a large proportion of who were there because of whom they were, they were there, and that was that. They had no interest in fiddling the figures, or mortgaging the future of the country to buy their re-election, like the current chancellor Gordon Brown is doing, because they donâ€™t have to worry about that. They simply there to act in the countryâ€™s best interest. With the check that they could be over ruled eventually by the elected house, it has worked remarkably well for the last several hundred years.