Here are a number of E-Petitions I have put up on the government website. Here is a link to all the petitions I put up.
I can't exactly claim they have set the heather on fire but believe they are all worthy of support.They are more wordy than most petitions presented which may deter some readers but if they were brought the country would be out of recession, into fast growth, the world leader in space technology and a more democratic place. If you agree, for some or all, please sign.
Most of them were first presented on 26th August but some have had to be rewritten after what may, or may not, be reasonable reasons for rejection and some just spend a long time in limbo. There are still some in limbo and one, about considering the legality of the war against Yugoslavia and subsequent atrocities in Kosovo which has been twice rejected. so I will do another listing in due course.
Did you know that "In modern times the main driver of economic growth has been, and continues to be, energy" - all economists and all informed politicians do though most prefer not to say so.
Nuclear power is the cheapest, safest, most reliable source of electricity. Even though most of the current cost is made up of government regulations.
The AP1000 reactor is sold, off the shelf for $1 bn bought in quantity. We could have match all of our current power for £36 bn. Government intends to spend 100s of billions building windmills to replace 1/3rd. To get out of recession we have to produce more power at lower cost. Currently Britain has the most expensive electricity of any sizeable country in the world and Parliament is committed to massively raising the price.
We also see 25,000 pensioners dying unnecessarily annually from fuel poverty.
We call for Parliament to get out of the way and allow the free market to build as much nuclear capacity as there is a market for.
On 21/2/07 http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200607/cmselect/cmsctech/66/7022108.htm Dr Patrick Collins testified to Parliament that it would be possible, rebuilding the British Rocket Fighter of the 1950s, the SR53, in modern materials, to build an inexpensive sub-orbital space plane.
"There is simply no difficulty at all. The technology was already there 50 years ago, and materials and so on have advanced a great deal since then."
The MPs were more concerned about discouraging US businessmen (wanting access to zero G experiments) and space tourists from increasing their carbon footprint by flying here.
This will give Britain an enormous first step into space at 1/5th of the annual cost of the NERC quango (one of several existing to "raise awareness" of alleged catastrophic global warming).
Commercial space industry is growing at 5% annually in the UK an 17.6% in the US. The commercial opportunities are literally unlimited.
submitted 27th August 20th Sept
A Space X-Prize of $10m produced the first private enterprise spaceship and kickstarted Virgin Galactic.
An American authority says
"the technology exists to build a reusable orbiter for under a billion dollars; probably far less than
This could be done by prizes"
The evidence is that prizes, where they work are from 33 to 100 rimes more effective than conventional government spending.
If they don't work they are obviously infinitely more effective since a government grant that produces nothing is all spent whereas a prize that isn't won pays nothing.
The £265 million we annually give to the European Space Agency, an organisation which, with half as much money as NASA has yet to achieve much, bee instead put into a UK X-Prize Trust authorised to offer prizes up to its income 4 years ahead. This enable it to offer prizes totaling £1325m, twice what is needed to produce a commercial British space shuttle.
What can we lose?
sub 21 sept
Ascension Island is a small British owned island in the middle of the Atlantic, just south of the equator.
The equator is the ideal launch site for spaceships because the Earth's rotation gives natural acceleration to it.
Islands are best because a failed launch can drop into the sea and because there are no problems with overflying other countries. The Atlantic is bordered by the 2 greatest industrial areas in the world.
Ascension is thus perfectly located to become the world's great Space Port.
What is needed is the spending of a few hundred million on infrastructure - harbour, power station, some roads, world class Internet connections - and to set up the sort of low tax, minimal regulation regime that we have in the Bahamas, Guernsey, Hong Kong etc. and let the free market do its job.
Having a British ownership of the world's major access point to the immense riches space development will bring, not to mention low taxes on extreme wealth, would be of value.
Proposal for debate: that an Act be passed requiring that until government spending is within 5% of what is raised.
1 - Hiring of new government employees be prohibited beyond 5% of retirals and other departures. Roughly 5% leave annually.
2 - No pay increases - either promotions or cost of living.
Between these 2 manpower spending should fall about 10% annually in real terms which would end the deficit within one Parliament without anybody having to be fired.
Perhaps even more important it would give the civil service a strong incentive to find new ways of saving money since the sooner it is saved the sooner the sooner things can get back, hopefully not all the way back, to normal.
Currently 50%+ of all the country's money is spent by the state. By comparison in Victorian times it was as low as 6%.
Such spending is out of control because there is nobody in power with the incentive to stop taxing us that we, the taxpayers, have.
Parliament should debate whether the people have a right to set a limit.
We propose a mandatory, multi-option referendum to set the maximum proportion
If government spending is, or goes, above the legal limit no new spending Bill or Cabinet instruction to increase spending would have any legal validity and the UK Supreme Court have the right to order specific cuts until spending is legalised.
There should be further referendums not more often than every 2nd year nor less often than at each General Election with the same spread offered of from 5% above to 5% below the then current limit.
This is from the US Balanced Budget Amendment Milton Friedman produced some years ago and is once again on the American political agenda.::
(a) Total outlays in any fiscal year shall not increase by a percentage greater than the percentage increase in nominal gross national product in the last calendar year ending prior to the beginning of said fiscal year.
(b) If inflation for the last calendar year ending prior to the beginning of any fiscal year is more than three per cent, the permissible percentage increase in total outlays for that fiscal year shall be reduced by one-fourth of the excess of inflation over three per cent....
Housebuilding has barely improved since the Victorian era. Compare with car manufacturing which went into a mass production when Ford started his Model T assembly line.
We can produce unlimited low cost modular housing, mass produced in factories and brought to site.
We don't because local authorities can demand small changes in any building thus preventing mass production.
House prices have gone up 4 times, compared to the retail price index, over a century. There is no technological reason for this, proving 75% of all housing prices are government regulation.
Parliament should debate ending the power to make such minor changes instead giving type approval; allowing people to build anywhere except on land specifically limited by Parliament as national parks or Green Belt - limited to 50% of the country; guaranteeing a minimum price of £20,000 on each of the 1st 20,000 houses - reassuring banks which must put up the capital to start the industry.
4/10, 7/10 WAS THERE A POLICY OF ENCOURAGING MASS IMMIGRATION?
A senior Labour party ministerial speechwriter has said that his party had a quite deliberate policy of encouraging mass immigration "It didn't just happen: the deliberate policy of ministers .... was to open up the UK to mass migration" http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/standard/article-23760073-dont-listen-to-the-whingers---london-needs-immigrants.do
, but "ministers wouldn't talk about it". because they didn't want "their core voters" to know. This has since been denied, admitted, justified and half denied. Parliament should debate having a full inquiry, led by a lawyer with a record of being both apolitical and not coming up with politically convenient conclusions, with evidence taken under oath from politicians, civil servants and anybody else whose testimony might inform to determine if this happened and if so the extent and those involved.
A senior Labour party ministerial speechwriter has said that his party had a quite deliberate policy of encouraging mass immigration "It didn't just happen: the deliberate policy of ministers .. was to open up the UK to mass migration" http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/standard/article-23760073-dont-listen-to-the-whingers---london-needs-immigrants.do , but "ministers wouldn't talk about it". because they didn't want "their core voters" to know. This has since been denied, admitted, justified and half denied. I propose that Parliament debate and vote on having a full inquiry into whether this did happen and whether the British people were not told of it. Led by a lawyer with a record of being both apolitical and not coming up with politically convenient conclusions, held in public with proceedings televised & evidence taken under oath from politicians, civil servants and anybody else whose testimony might inform to determine if this happened and if so the extent and those involved.
UPDATE I have signed this and ask anybody else to do so.
"If you haven't signed my e-petition please do so supporting starchaser's launch of a uk rocket, http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/16684
. It may not be a trip to Mars or a British Space program but I think that it is achievable and could hopefully get the British people thinking about space. Please also if you would add a link from your website. Many thanks in advance Christan Mills."