Basically we all get fed up of listening to the news and hearing about violence and the poor state of the British Economy. There are many things that could make Britain great again and a nicer place to live in. Here are some of my thoughts on the subject on the ways to make Britain great again.
- Firstly Britain needs to get tougher on crime and the criminals. The only way that this can be achieved is by introducing or re-establishing stronger sentencing. In particular the Death Penalty needs to be brought back for the most serious crimes. The argument about the inadequacies of this are now basically defunct as there has been major breakthroughs in forensic crime and DNA in particular which often goes beyond reasonable doubt as to the validation of a guilty verdict. The chance of mistakes being made would be absolutely minimal. It annoys me, as I am sure it would others, that we keep these people that commit such horrible offences alive and living off the taxpayer in relatively comfortable conditions until they die naturally or finish their sentences with possible release. This is surely not right. In society we destroy dangerous animals so the same should apply to the most dangerous crims. What really is the justification for keeping them alive? In many cases this stops victims or victim’s families getting closure. Also having the Death Penalty serves another function in society in general: it provides a boundary and an idea of the likely punishment for crossing that boundary. We all need boundaries and to understand the punishments for crossing these boundaries. A cozy life in prison to contemplate your offending or the end of your life through a Death Penalty I ask you to consider which one you feel is the stronger and the one most likely to act as a deterrent to potential offenders.
- Following on from the above it has occurred to me that we need to deal more effectively with Youth Crime by bringing in fines for the parents of the children / youths that seemingly believe that they are above the law and have the right to do as they please. Instead families need to be made accountable for their children’s behaviours. It seems now that discipline cannot be applied effectively by the authorities because these minors seem to have such impunity on their side that they believe that they are untouchable and can go unpunished for whatever offences they commit. This being the case, where authorities are unwilling to prosecute the perpetrator, then authorities should instead seek redress from the parents of these children in the hope that discipline and just punishment will be applied through family channels instead. Parents have no right to expect that there children should be allowed to flagrantly ignore the law and a responsible code of conduct and since they are still the legal guardians of these children they should hold some responsibility for their behaviours until they reach adulthood. This would mean fines going to the parents instead. So if we are unable to deal with the perpetrator directly then the adults responsible for the care and supervision of these minors must instead be punished. This would have a knock on effect in that it would force families that either currently exert no parental controls or boundaries to limit their off-springs behaviours will be punished instead and forced to re-address this situation. Families of these youth offenders should have no opt out clause because until these children actually qualify as adults then the families have both a legal and moral responsibility for the proper supervision of the children in their care. I think you will find that this is already written in law. Therefore it should not be too difficult to bring this about. Someone should pay for criminal activities either the perpetrator or the parent. No crime should go unpunished.
Currently our roads are getting unsafe because of the amount of children /youths on unlicensed motorcycles riding around often in the dark without lights and not knowing a thing about how to ride properly. In order to deal effectively with this nuisance we need a system of banning these youths, when caught, from holding any sort of vehicle licence for a 15 yr period. This cuts down their opportunity as adults when they grow up and need to have a proper vehicle and licence and this policy would serve as an active deterrent and boundary.
- Next Britain needs a stronger Economy and a fairer distribution of wealth in this country. It needs to stop selling off it’s assets to either the very wealthy or foreign investment. It is one of my strongest beliefs that Britain will never be a great place to live unless it adopts some ideas drawn from socialist economic theory. Here I am not referring to Russia or China as a model because neither, in my opinion, are anything that resembles a socialist country at all. Please refer to another article of mine which goes into this in more detail. Socialism is neither Communist nor Militant it is simply a set of economic principles for a fairer distribution of wealth. Neither am I saying that private enterprise should be stopped or state involvement be present in private enterprise. No I am simply referring to the ownership of the major and essential services of utility provision ( Gas and Electricity and possibly Water) and the Railways. In my opinion I believe there is much to benefit all of us if these were back in public ownership. So there we are that it the sum of socialist economic policy just owning these utilities and railways is a way to make Britain great again. Why? Because this would be a way to stop the capitalist exploitation of the masses through inflated and confusing pricing and greed to satisfy shareholders. The profits that these companies make could be ploughed back into the economy instead being siphoned off to shareholders and ‘fat cat bosses’. This would also make Britain less reliant upon methods of taxation to fund public enterprise. For example the money from the profits these companies make could be used to improve the NHS and other public services like the police, whilst delivering a fairer deal for the customers using these services. At the moment they go into the pockets of the like of Richard Branson. These are after all essential services and should be generating income for the UK citizens not a handful of greedy bosses and shareholders. If this makes sense then you must vote for Corbyn or a similar leader willing to address this issue because the Tories created this privatised fiasco and they will never be willing to change it.
- Another way to make Britain great again would be to stop the abuse of the Benefits System by families who feel that can expand to any size with impunity at the taxpayers expense. At the moment it is understood especially by those willing to take advantage of the system that they can simply expand the size of their families and the taxpayer will just foot the bill. This is seen as an opportunity to exploit the system and avoid having to foot the bill for your needs and behaviours. This simply will not do and a Benefits Cap should be introduced to close off this loophole and make these people accountable for their behaviours. Having a large family should be a lifestyle choice but not at the expense of the taxpayer. Parents that want large families should be responsible and accountable for this lifestyle choice and be willing to foot the bill for such a choice and not impose it on others who simply do not have such choice because they have to work and are unable to expand their family income simply by having more children. Expanding your family should not be seen as a way to abuse and milk the Benefits System. To insure against this there has to be some protection to prevent this kind of abuse such as a Benefits Cap that states very clearly that it will not pay for more than a given number of children. This would mean that if you choose to exceed this limit then you are willing to find the money yourself to fund this choice. My opinion is that families with more than 3 children should find the means to support other children if they have more and not be reliant upon the Benefits System to fund the support of a 4+ child. Possibly it is too late to do much about those already abusing the system but a date should be defined from which a new set of guiding principles takes effect.
- Now let’s turn to Brexit. Brexit should be scrapped because it spells economic disaster for Britain. Again I do not want to go into too much depth because I have dealt with this matter in many other articles such as ‘Who is to blame for the Brexit Debacle’ for example. Brexit be scrapped as should anything that is bad for Britain.
- Leading on from Brexit and in some way as an offshoot from the Brexit debacle it has occurred to me that we may not have got into this Brexit fiasco in the first place if we had not allowed the poorly educated and prejudiced (often one is symptomatic of the other) to have their say on matters, of national importance, in first place. This being the case where some were unable to detach themselves from their prejudices or simply unable to understand the argument or simply swept along with the right wing sentiment it seems that maybe we should consider some form of basic educational status and apply this to future voting rights in the UK. It would seem that in particular a good grasp of English Language should be at least a prerequisite that should define whether or not a person should be given the privilege of a right to vote on matters of national importance in either a Referendum or a General Election. The ability to read and decipher meaning of text is so important in order to make logical thought and to process the information we receive. We want to be sure that the message from the respective political parties can be understood when we ask the country to decide on matters of national importance. It is also important that we all have the ability to understand some form of political narrative in order to decipher what each political party stands for.
- Leading on from this the importance of Politics as a curriculum subject should be elevated to match the same importance as both Maths and English as a necessary and compulsory subject. People should be taught to to understand the implications of both political choice and political decision making. No other subject on our school curriculum has such a massive impact on everyone’s lives as Politics, so it is vital that we all have a good grasp of the subject: yet it is still ignored as a subject and not given the elevated status that it should be given. Political decisions will effect everyone’s lives in one way or another throughout their lives and will perhaps have the longest impact on the youth who’s opportunities it will either develop or stifle. It is the youth that have to live with the impact of these decisions for possibly the longest period. Political decisions have an enormous effect on everyone in the country therefore it is vitally important that the youth understand how to cast their vote. It is essential that the youth have a good understanding of politics and the implications of political choice. Traditionally much of the of the Youth Vote has been lost because they simply we unable to make choices seeing all political parties as either the same or as similar so they tended to see little point in casting a vote either way. Political education is a way to insure that this does not happen in future. It is vital that they are able to distinguish between the various political parties and have an understanding of the policy differences and differing ideologies of the combatant parties. Why is this so important: because outcomes of General Elections and in this case Brexit Referendums can have such a profound impact on our future generations. Political discussion and debate should be a major part of the school curriculum to enable informed choice and to explain the differing political ideologies of the respective political parties.
I believe these are the things that Britain should put in place to make Britain a better place.