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I would legalise drink driving...and then ban cars.
to have Steve Bell draw unflattering pictures of me
that should have been down there vvv
and pay a lot more to nurses/fireman/policeman.
Bring back some forms of capital punishment.
Buy loads of tescos, knock em down and build playing fields for kids.
Limit the amount of children people can have if their sole income is benefits(no more than 3)
Harsh but so what, I'm prime minister.
rooney can afford more than 40% tax. so can richard branson.
i'm more sympathetic to the second one. but then i tend to have been quite opposed to inheritance since i learnt that i wouldn't get a penny from my parents 500k home because they have morals or something.
do something about house buying. I mean it's beyond a joke now. Right?
should be forced to raffle one off to a first time buyer.
what do you know about politics when you're 14?
Wouldn't it force politicians to be even more desperate for votes and to try and please everyone, it would turn into 'prime-minister idol' basically.
The leader needs to be someone who has coherent and firm ideas and sticks to them to the end, not someone who is trying to please the most people.
and if you had the vote you'd learn
as for "The leader needs to be someone who has coherent and firm ideas and sticks to them to the end, not someone who is trying to please the most people." this is true whatever the voting age is
plus, the voting populace would be less inclined to be swayed by tax cuts and more inclined to be interested in improving the quality of education
if we want people to be interested in politics they need to be more bothered about the other 60m people in the country that aren't them.
we're too selfish a nation to bother voting when your vote is only 1 of 30m.
walking to the polling booth? to vote? when you may not have the deciding stay? let's watch sky and eat ready meals instead.
cos their kids insist on it
kids aren't interested in voting
like 18 year olds are? why on earth do you think that ?
younger children like to do what their peers are doing - older teenagers like to 'be different'
I think it would be beneficial for democracy for it to include people of a school age as politics and policy would be discussed in the classroom and therefore more too at home after school
see why you think that 14-year olds would bother to vote, basically.
I was quite interested in politics when i was about 15 but if i talked about it at the dinner table after school my parents told me to shut up. Perhaps I shouldn't have called myself a Maoist but y'know...
is to give them some responsibility
but who's to say 14 year olds wouldn't use their vote irresponsibly? I know I would have done.
I just would expect that most actually wouldn't care enough to vote. And there are more important things than voting anyway..
you shouldn't use it as a case for lowering the voting age.
why are you so convinced that there would be massive enthusiasm amongst 14 year olds for voting in elections?
also, I answered that question further down vvv
the leader is much less likely to stick to their ideas with much intensity if they know they've also got to appeal to all the 14 year olds in the nation as well.
It would increase spin and encourage lots of awkward attempts by potential leaders to appear 'down with the kids.'
yes, young people should know about politics and be encouraged to have an opinion and voice, but they need to engage with it at an adult level.
what makes you think a 14 year old has a less canny eye on the world of today and what that might turn into tomorrow than an 85 year old who is suspicious of darkies and pisses in his pants 3 times a day
don't think they have less of a canny eye on the world, but i know when i was 14 I had much less concept of how economics/business/politics work than when i was 17/18.
You've not dealt with the point about politicians needing to dilute their policies even more in an attempt to get the youth vote.
I don't think they'd have to at all - why would they have to? I'm sure people argued the same type of stuff against giving women the vote
and you've not dealt with my point - you seem to be suggesting that 14 years olds aren't fit to vote but I'd suggest that there are many other people who might not be declared fit to vote but have the vote so why not 14 year olds? At least they won't be bought by tax cuts
and in practical terms there wouldn't actually be that many 14 year olds voting eg. if you were born in 1986 and there were general elections in 1999 and 2004 you wouldn't actually vote for the first time until you were 17/18
If you wouldnt't vote till you were 17/18 then whats the point in being allowed to vote when you were 14?
There's people who are 14 every year.
Who else would you suggest isn't fit to vote?
I think at the moment its very inclusive, if you started deciding who is and isn't fit to vote you open a whole kettle of very wriggly fish.
Would you start making people do tests to decide whether they are 'mentally aware' enough to vote or how long they have lived in the country for? it all starts to get a bit facist...
we're all citizens aren't we?
it was your suggestion that 14 year olds aren't fit to vote that would lead to the conclusion of aptitude tests for voting rights - not mine
have to be a citizen to vote..
"I'd suggest that there are many other people who might not be declared fit to vote"
So you did suggest that people aren't fit to vote, pretty directly really.
You also used the example of an "85 year old who is suspicious of darkies"
I think the system we've got at the moment is fine. Im quite happy to say that 14 year olds shouldnt vote. They dont exactly have to wait long. Its very hard for people to understand the incredible level of apathy towards voting in this country.
Basically because there is such a large middle-class and most people are well-off enough to afford food and accomodation, there isn't an incredible drive to change things. Lowering the age to 14 isnt going to change that.
the main reason for my suggested lowering of the voting age is precisely to combat voter apathy
if policy and politics became part of the curriculum at 14 it would be the one and only subject (given the proposed voting age change) that would be directly relevant to the students as they then would be able to go out and put those studies to practical use
as for the rest of your post you misread my intention, which was to highlight that you'd laid down the question of 'voter fitness', not me - I think democracy should absolutely be as inclusive as possible
why you chose the age of 14, rather than a lower age?
mainly to include 15, 16 and 17 year olds who might otherwise not get to vote until they're 22, 21 or 20
but also because I think that if you make your GCSE choices at that age it's a good time to think of what your outlook for the future might involve
i'm in favour of enlarging the franchise and I think anyone able to make judgements and who is affected by public policy should have some input. I don't understand why people in prison aren't allowed to vote, for example.
So I could tolerate lowering it to 15/16 coupled with a decent education in politics, but I just don't think it will revolutionise political engagement in the UK.
I never really thought it was such a radical suggestion but I certainly think it would be healthy
I also think it would cause a little more change than you suggest because a lot of parents (though not all) give more of a shit what their 14 year old is doing/learning/thinking than their 18 year old
agree with that.
Don't sigh at the beginning of your responses Anschul, its pretty rude. I'm not a petulant child, i'm just having a debate with you.
I was rather more aggravated with people ringing me up trying to sell me stuff than with you
with USA..... just for shits n giggles
and declare war on whales.
£7/month over 12 months.
What did the Whales ever do to u?
Also u do realise Green Peace would be on ur ass! They can be real aggresive if they wanna be!
it'd be a laugh!
Go tell that to the Royal Family.
Christ almighty, I'm not really a Royalist.
Sorry. What a fool ive been. Does that mean you like the Welsh?..careful how you answer that one.
would you go for them - if they existed?
stop sending so many people to prison
increase tax allowances
abolish selection in schools
build an underwater maglev train tunnel from London to New York.
Make an omelette with bacon in it.
and legalise all drugs (people should have a choice)
spot the hypocrisy...
was that juxtaposition deliberate?
and besides - do you think that politicians know what's good for people? they're people too
watching and judging
join in, i'd imagine...
to a game of soggy biscuit
I can't get an erection unless I'm being judged.
I've also been feeding you viagra in your sleep
going I AM THE LEADER!! of the country, me! wows! How did that happen??
so no running around Downing Street in your condition.
She's put on a bit of weight, way to crush a girl's self esteem, dickhead!!
And maybe even to age 10 if at home with a parent or guardian perhaps. This would control binge drinking perhaps. Plus, I think you're responsible enough to be drinking at 16, it's the age of concent for sex and marriage, etc...
Weed would be legal. Maybe acid too..
Students wouldn't have to take out a loan, it would all be paid for with the extra money the government would have due to taxing drug sales.
How would that control binge drinking?
for the good of the nation. crime rates would go down
everyone* would sit at home stoned eating frosties straight from the box watching poor daytime TV.
and drinking is legal. Generally, we still get up and go to our jobs in the mornings..
which means less binging.
kids in continental countries, Frnace, etc, drink wine with their parents at the dinner table and so are used to drinking. Therefore it isn't such a big deal when they turn eighteen abnd they don't go out getting pished every weekend.
on this below...
I didn't read it until after I'd posted mine. Sorry!
it's ok. i just didn't want to repost it again.
in France do still drink and have similar problems with alcoholism and other alcohol-related health problems. they just don't trash town centres on a friday night.
and just, alcohol can cause minor brain damage - giving it to 10 year olds is abusive
'Cos it would still stop alcohol being such a novelty when they are older.
Well, maybe not from age ten then. But I still definetly think the general drinking age should be broguht down to sixteen.
on a phone in once and a guy phoned up and said
"To solve the problem with all this traffic congestion, instead of doing a 35 hour week spaced out over 5 days, why not do all 35 hours in 2 days?"
though everyone should work a 4 day week
set up parliamentary debating forum, would ask/pay matt/dis to help make it look and feel like this site.
i have hundreds of policy ideas that I want to use (not ones that will just get votes)
have you lot as advisors
I will 'challenge' the popular media
I will try to change people (to allow them to be less influenced by marketing, to be more 'human')
I will attempt to reduce centralised power.
I will hope to spread 'goodness' across the world by uk being such a good example other powerful democracies will 'have' to follow suit.
I will not try to enforce greeness on the lowest level of society (the individual) alone through laws and penalties (I mean they hardly introduced plastic bags and big commerce and consumerism, they did not build up profits from these modern practices, they did not dictate our lifestyles) Prior to the recent acceptance I have been very dismayed by pollution of air and water, I will make britain sooooo good that we can be totally justified in putting pressure on 'dirtier' countries.
I will attempt to unentangle many international disputes.
With so much to do i will not humour bad things, yet i will not be horrible, i forgive what are considered general human weaknesses, they are facets of our animal selves that are exploited by aspects that i am the enemy of.
I accept that virtually everyone might be redeemable and many are possibly fixable, however i may not have the time and the resouce to get bogged down in fixing every human, one has to think of the bulk and that is facing a very grave crisii indeed, if I do not adress the main problems (which are continually avoided by all regimes) then this will result unimaginable increases in hurt humanity.
So it would be anything but steady as she goes, loads of extreme rudder pulling and compass checking will be necessary because there have been few captains for several decades and to prevent you all panicking as to where we are they have been creating a smokescreen so the fog needs to be dispersed first.
Then wen you realise where you are, you will need to not panick....by trusting me, and following my orders absolutely without question, you will all see the need to make me a dictator of the whole world, then I can really get to work
and anyway the idea of power messed with me mind, it kind of took me over
look how the idea of power, crazed my mind towards the end of that post.
and then sit around all day drinking margaritas through curly plastic straws.
theyll vote for you.
and legalise execution so I could punish my enemies.