'A Citizens Manifesto' - Ten Steps To A
- Reform party funding.
- Convert the Palace of Westminster into a
museum of pre-21st century life in Britain and symbol of a bygone age.
- Move Parliament to a building with a
layout more conducive to constructive political exchange - after all, what are we going to
do with all the Olympic sites after 2012?
- Abolish the disgracefully tribal format of the weekly 'Prime Ministers Questions' - it's
easier for the public to respect politicians
when they are seen to respect each other.
- Strengthen the independence and power of Parliamentary
committees to hold government and its agencies to account.
- Stop the unnecessary and expensive spread of the 'Big
Brother' Surveillance State - even without ID cards, the databases are
growing and are being linked to new (forgeable) biometric passports serving as surrogate
cards. The problem is the database, not the card.
- Ban GM food and instead invest in modern
agricultural biotechnologies which are more publicly acceptable and practically effective,
such as 'genomics' based plant breeding.
- Provide 'Consciousness Based Education'
(CBE) for pupil, student, and adult learning, to transform the economic and social
well-being of the country, including health and crime.
- Deploy 'CBE' in Foreign Policy to dissolve political and religious tensions in the Middle East and other troubled regions to secure a
less fearful hate-filled world for all.
- Withdraw Britain from the counterproductive NATO
(aka 'Need Another Transit-route for Oil-and-gas') alliance, and
stop the futile sacrifice of our troops, whose proper role is to defend the country, not
make us more enemies - and invest the money saved in creating jobs in renewable technology to make Britain genuinely more energy secure.
"[P]assports from 2011 will have the same things as ID cards.... [they] can certainly scrap the little plastic card which calls itself
a British ID card. However, what they can't scrap is the database because that's going
to be used to store details of people who have got passports... ten years after 2011
you will have 80% of the population with their details on a database - whatever you call it - and stored
in the same way that you would
have with ID cards."
BBC Radio 4 Today
Programme, 6 May 2009 - 06:32 am
"New microchipped passports designed
to be foolproof against identity theft can be cloned
and manipulated in minutes and accepted as genuine
by the computer software recommended for use at international airports... travellers [will
be] vulnerable to identity theft when they surrender their passports at hotels or car
"Our privacy is being invaded by the
world's security services in every second of every day, as
a routine matter. Vast quantities of information are
collected by commercial enterprises such as Google or Tesco. Against these invasions of
our privacy we have little or no protection."
25 July 2008
Why The World Needs A Ban On GM Food
Acceptable Genomics Based Biotechnology For Agriculture
Consciousness Based Education