[permaculture] Interesting internet democracy development
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wenshidi at yahoo.co.uk
Sat Jul 10 02:34:34 EDT 2010
This is by far the most interesting website that I have seen in a long time.
Here is a short description from the Metro
The public is being invited to nominate laws they want to abolish in what deputy prime minister Nick Clegg called a move away from 'the old way of doing things'.
At the Your Freedom website people can propose ways to get rid of
pointless regulation and red tape.
Mr Clegg said: "We are turning things on their head. The traditional way of doing things is that government tells people what to do. We are saying, "Tell us what you don't want us to do".
Even if it changes nothing, just reading some of the very well thought out arguments that have already been submitted is extremely stimulating.
Here are a few of my faves so far.
Change the organic farming system
Currently we have an artificial division between organic and non-organic farmers. Organic farmers pay to be certified that they do not use chemical fertilisers and pesticides. The have to deal with a lot of paperwork and undergo inspections. Instead we should require farms using chemical fertilisers and pesticides to be registered, keep records of how such things are used/disposed of, pay for training in their correct use and disposal.
The Music Licensing Bill. This is a supposed health and safety measure that is easily covered by other legislation, Scotland did not consider it necessary.
In practice it means it is legal for two hundred drunken football fans to watch a football match in a pub on wide screen television. However it is illegal for an acoustic guitarist to play to a handful of people in an organic restaurant unless the restaurant has a license. The punishment for any musician that plays in a venue without a license is up to a £20,000 fine and two years imprisonment.
LET THE POLICE SELL DRUGS
I agree with what alot of people have said about the legalistaion of cannabis and other drugs, but not the manner in which people think it should be sold, the Netherlands does actually have drug related crimes/social and health problems. I think the police should sell drugs. They confiscate it from the vicious drug dealers, so already have a healthy supply. People could then register at their local cop shop, get a quick health check, informed of the risks and then given the choice to buy what they want. The police can refuse a sell based on a person's health or age, and of course keep records of how much people are using. That way people get to buy good clean drugs from a safe environment, and the police get to make extra revenue.
Why the contribution is important
Each police station then decides whether to recruit more officers, improve training programmes, equipment, working conditions, salaries, the possibilities are numerous. Drug dealers can't compete with the police and so are out of business, better policing based on the needs of individual communities serve the people instead of the government. EVERYBODY'S HAPPY!
Overall, the site has some of the most out of the box, contrarian thinking that I have seen in a long time. I hope that based on this recommendation, everybody else, regardless of whether they are in the UK, will enjoy its postings as much as I am.
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