2010 - 'Lest The Candidates Forget'
British politics is currently in a rare state of flux and election candidates say they are keen to engage with voters. So why not make your own one-page 'Citizens Manifesto' leaflet and give it to candidates and canvassers when they come calling as 6 May closes in? Just include a short list of the things you think have not received enough attention in the campaign, and then leave some copies attached to your door with a note inviting canvassers to take one if you are out. Or, if you like it, use the example below.
Encourage your friends to have a go too. They might end up sowing some seeds for the future.
'A Citizens Manifesto' - Ten Steps To A
"[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."