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Should a political party supporting direct democracy operating along the lines of this website be formed?
The Big 3 cartel of policy suppliers seems to be only offering the political consumer more laws, more war and more taxes.

Direct Democracy could be the mechanism by which fringe parties could unite against the Big 3 at the next election.

1Party4All could be The Party for All Fringe Parties, turning them all into a 4th Biggish Party to fight the Big 3 and the means to channel the protest vote into just ONE PROTEST PARTY FOR ALL, with an Amalgamated Manifesto of all participants' policies.

This would give the political consumer one-stop shopping and an unprecedented level of influence and choice in policies - there is after all a gap in the market!

Would YOU vote for it though?
Yes - 88% No - 12%
Should Sunday be made special again and should we return to the old Sunday trading laws?
1994: SUNDAY TRADING LEGALISED

Thousands of shops throughout England and Wales have opened legally today for the first time following a change in the Sunday trading laws.

The new law is not expected to herald a large increase in the number of stores open on a Sunday as many had broken the old law for years.

Action which was due to be taken against some under the 1950 Shops Act is now likely to be abandoned.

Only three major chains will today open branches for the first time ever - department stores Marks and Spencer and House of Fraser and supermarket Waitrose.

Both Marks and Spencer and Waitrose had opposed Sunday opening.

Under the new Sunday Trading Act, all stores in England and Wales are free to trade in all goods on Sundays.

Small shops - those under 280 square metres - can open all day.

Bigger shops are restricted to six hours of business between the hours of 1000 to 1800.

And, under a concession granted to appease anti-Sunday opening groups, they will not be allowed to trade on Easter Sunday or Christmas Day when that falls on a Sunday.

PROTECTION FOR EMPLOYEES

But some large businesses such as pharmacies and motorway service areas will be exempted from the restrictions as are restaurants, hairdressers and other premises providing services.

Shops breaking the new law face a fine of up to £50,000.

The Act also provides protection from dismissal for employees who do not want to work on Sundays.

The shop workers' union, Usdaw, has said, if necessary, it will vigorously defend its members' rights at industrial tribunals.

The Keep Sunday Special Campaign remains as opposed as ever to the new law.

A spokesman said Sunday trading would lead to an "erosion of family life".

SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION:

Is frenetic Mammonic Consumerism bad us AND the environment?
Yes - 48% No - 52%
Should we accept a 2-tier health service as inevitable?
Fears over NHS cancer drug costs
By Branwen Jeffreys
Health correspondent, BBC News



Cancer doctors have told the BBC they fear the NHS will not be able to afford the new generation of cancer drugs.
Specialists are already arguing that patients may have to pay for more drugs themselves, with the issue becoming pressing as new drugs are developed.

But some patients offering to pay for a cancer drug are being told they would have to meet all their care costs.

It is due to different interpretations of contracts and policies designed to separate private from NHS funded care.

The issue is becoming more critical as the number of new cancer drugs being developed grows.

In all, 180 specialist cancer doctors told the BBC they were worried or very worried about the situation, in response to a questionnaire submitted by the BBC.


The drugs in the pipeline are going to cause even more pressure
Professor Nick James

Around half the drugs submitted to the English NHS advisory body NICE are for the treatment of cancer.

Some, like Herceptin for breast cancer, have won NICE backing as being cost effective for the health service. Others like Tarceva, which can extend the life of lung cancer patients, have been turned down.

Specialists like Nick James, professor of clinical oncology in Birmingham, believe the gap between what the NHS can fund and what is available is going to get bigger.

"The drugs in the pipeline are going to cause even more pressure. I think politicians need to be honest and say this gap is going to be there and we need to look at ways of filling it," he said.

He believes it is inevitable that patients will make a bigger contribution themselves, but is worried NHS policy stands in the way.

Some patients who offer to pay for a cancer drug recommended by their doctor are told they will have to transfer completely to private care. This can have the effect of doubling bills which already run into many thousands.

'Limited resources'

Professor James works in one of a number of trusts which interpret policy more flexibly, effectively allowing patients to pay for cancer drugs and continue to receive other NHS care.

Stephen Allen is one patient to benefit from that, although that still leaves him paying £3,000 every six weeks for the drugs alone.

Mr Allen is terminally ill with kidney and lung cancer and had been told he only had six months to live.

NHS funding for the drug recommended for him was refused, with letters explaining the health service has limited resources and faces very tough decisions.

He said: "I didn't realise we had to pay for certain drugs. If they'd said from the start there are certain drugs on the list which aren't available to you, we probably would have understood a little bit easier the situation they're in."

So Mr Allen is spending savings he wanted to leave for his wife in the hope of living to see the first birthday of his youngest grandchild, two-month-old Annabelle.


We need to have an honest debate about how we're going to have to fund these things
Dr Jesme Fox

In England, the official policy of the Department of Health is that allowing patients to contribute towards NHS care - known as co-payment - is against the principles and values of the NHS. The government says it could lead to a two tier system.

In Scotland a different picture is emerging. Earlier this year Scotland's Chief Medical Officer issued much more nuanced advice to the health service there.

Two-tier system

He points out that if a patient opts to pay for a particular drug not available from the NHS there is no law which allows health boards to make the patient pay for all aspects of their treatment.

The letter sets out a framework for drawing up ways of allowing "the safe provision of concurrent treatment where appropriate".

The NHS has received a record increase in funding in recent years, but it still has to set financial priorities within those limits.

A government report published by the National Cancer director for England, Professor Mike Richards, says cancer care has improved with faster access to treatment and money spent on new equipment.

Campaigning

He recommends further concentration of care in specialist centres. But many cancer charities remain concerned about the issue of drugs.

They continue to campaign for funding for individual medicines, with an appeal on Tarceva due before NICE this summer.

Many also want a much more transparent debate about how much health service money should be allocated to cutting edge cancer treatments.

Dr Jesme Fox, medical director of the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation, says she is appalled some people spend the last few months of their life in a desperate fight for NHS funding.

The average time from diagnosis to death for lung cancer patients is six months.

"If they're not going to be allowed to access drugs that improve survival by a few months, or improve their quality of life, we need to have an honest debate about how we're going to have to fund these things."


Story from BBC NEWS:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/1/hi/health/6652183.stm

Published: 2007/05/14 04:08:08 GMT

© BBC MMVII
Yes - 35% No - 65%
Should marriage be treated like a business contract to make it more enduring?
It is proposed that single females/males contract with each other to perform services such as those listed below, as considered appropriate by the contracting couple.

(1) friend
(2) house-mate
(3) sex partner
(4) spouse
(5) civil partner
(6) business partner
(7) housekeeper
(8) butler
(9) companion
(10) nanny
(11) cook
(12) provider
(13) protector
(14) DIY expert
(15) co-parent

Its terms will be treated as terms of a contract. Breach of these terms will result in damages being payable. Damages incurred may be set off against the divorce settlement, unless waived.

An Impartial Friend to The Couple will be appointed by mutual consent.

Both parties are advised to consult this Impartial Friend should the need arise.

The Impartial Friend to the Couple becomes The Impartial Friend to the Family once there is offspring.

The role of this Impartial Friend of the Family is to

(a) support the integrity of family life

(b) adjudicate on marital disputes

(c) take into account the best interests of any child of the marriage in the context of living with both its parents unless it can be proven, beyond reasonable doubt, that more psychological and physical harm would come to the child through living with both its parents than if the couple parted

(d) provide a history of the marriage as a character witness should they be called upon to do so in the event of a divorce

The idea is that marriage will no longer be entered into unadvisedly or lightly; but reverently, discreetly, advisedly and soberly! If this makes partnerships to bring up children more likely to endure, then family life will be reinforced, lowering the crime rate and raising civic virtue.

It IS intended to take the distraction of romance out of the very serious business of bringing up children together - the TRUE purpose of marriage.

Childless unions are able to end without societal consequences, but those with offspring ought to be compelled to consider the best interests of their child and their impaired ability to parent once no longer living together as husband and wife.

Spouses who accuse the other of child abuse, child sexual abuse, domestic violence and similar crimes will be required to prove their allegations beyond reasonable doubt.

Marriage was never intended as a way of saying "I love you (until I no longer love you)." We ignore this fact at our peril.
Yes - 66% No - 34%
Should UKIP have accepted the principle of subsidiarity and the Common Agricultural Policy?
Knapman wrote in his letter on May 13 in a letter to the party's ruling national executive committee (NEC) : "I, and a number of my colleagues, cannot in all conscience accept something which represents a major departure from what we believed to be Ukip's policy — withdrawal from the EU, a complete rejection of its authority (and subsidiarity) and of the Common Agricultural Policy."
Yes - 4% No - 96%
Should the creation of human-animal hybrid embryos and the creation of "saviour siblings" be allowed?
A joint committee of MPs and peers scrutinising the draft Human Tissue and Embryos Bill has backed the creation of human-animal hybrid embryos, the FT reports.

The Telegraph, which carries the story on its front page, focuses on the committee's recommendation that parents should be allowed to create children using IVF specifically to help cure older siblings of common conditions.

1 August 2007
Yes - 44% No - 56%
Should the government conduct a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty?
Is it a constitution or is it a treaty? Does it matter?
Yes - 95% No - 5%
Should pregnant women be given as much as £200 to eat healthily?
The latest manifestation of national marble loss is the astonishing proposal by Health Minister Alan Johnson to give as much as £200 to every pregnant woman to induce her to eat healthily. It seems taxes are to be taken from the married and the working (who will already be aware of the basics of healthy eating) and given to CHAV and never-married, under-achieving, non-working, welfare-claiming teen mums so that their delinquent little bastards (who are now increasingly likely to be shooting and stabbing our children) will have a healthier start in life.

Do we really need Gordon Brown to misuse tax money in this way just because he wants to show us that he cares?
Yes - 8% No - 92%
Should government impose Green taxes for the purposes of "protecting the environment"?
World consumerism rests on creating desire and being confused about our needs and wants. Our needs are few, our wants insatiable. In this way do we shop the world to death, leaving carbon footprints and litter on our way to environmental disaster. Environmental disaster will have its own benefits, though, and will cull the numbers of a species that is so plainly getting above itself and laying waste to the world. With world population increasing at its present rate, there are clearly more people around to die in floods, tsunamis, earthquakes etc. Nature will in due course rebalance itself in the only way it knows how. Humanity will survive but in reduced numbers. Those of us who aren't fanatical environmentalists need only bear in mind that profligacy and extravagance is a sin, campaign for a day of rest and make Sunday special again so that we do not drive around madly trying to enjoy ourselves spending money on things we don't really want or need. With the coming Credit Crunch and Depression, we will all be spending less anyway and have more time, having lost our jobs and our homes, to think about the more important things of life ...

Should the government and its opposition be exploiting our fear of environmental disaster and competing with each other to tax us even more, in the name of environmental protection?
Yes - 21% No - 79%
Should the respective identities of English, Scots and Welsh be reserved solely for people of Caucasian appearance?
It is suggested that the police identification code system could be very helpful, allowing us to resolve questions of national and ethnic identity in one fell swoop.

The key:

IC1 for someone of Caucasian appearance, eg white-skinned European types - English, Scottish, Welsh, Scandinavian and Russian

IC2 for Mediterranean, eg dark-skinned European types - Sardinian, Spanish, Italian

IC3 for Afro-Caribbean, eg Negroid types - Caribbean, West Indian, African, Nigerian

IC4 for Asian, eg Indians and Pakistanis

IC5 for Oriental, eg Chinese, Japanese, Mongolians, Siamese

IC6 for Arabians, Egyptians, Algerians, Moroccans and North Africans

Thus one could be English IC1 to 6, Scot IC1 to 6, Welsh IC1 to 6. This may be a sensible compromise since it is well-known that some white Britons resent their Englishness, Scottishness and Welshness being diluted by non-white Britons who are not their traditional and typical idea of one of their own countrymen, even if they were born and bred and speak with an identifiable regional accent, eg an Asian with a perfect Glaswegian, Cockney, Welsh accent that would pass any blind test.

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Extremism among young Muslims in the UK is growing amid failure to combat alienation and poor handling of anti-terror laws, says a race watchdog.
Khurshid Ahmed, spokesman for Muslim issues at the Commission for Racial Equality, said Muslim communities need to stand up and be counted as British.

But the government had to stop the "terror" unleashed on UK Muslims by the security powers which followed 9/11.

Radicalisation among disaffected young Muslims was a real threat, he warned.

"I think [extremism] is growing and that is the worrying thing. It's a tiny minority of young people but they have proved vulnerable to external pressures," said Mr Ahmed. "This is the time to be vigilant."

Mr Ahmed, a CRE commissioner and former head of race equality in the west Midlands, said Muslims in that area had already established an early-warning network to alert mosques to potential agitators or extremists in the hope of marginalising and neutralising their influence.

Mr Ahmed said he had seen increasing instances of young Muslims believing they should not vote on religious grounds, influenced by radicals who say that democracy contradicts Islam.

"That's another area where some misinformed young people are going round.

"You can tell from their hate doctrine they don't want to be part of mainstream society and that's why we need to make sure we tackle the alienation of our young people to make them less vulnerable to these influences."

ENGLISH IDENTITY

Mr Ahmed, also chair of the National Association of British Pakistanis, said many Muslims lacked a pride in the UK because of historic race and religious discrimination.

But speaking ahead of St George's Day, he stressed new generations born in England who question their identity "needed to" describe themselves as English rather than just British, he said.

"We have to move away from this psychological barrier that you can only be English if you are white, Anglo-Saxon. Our children are born in this country and know no other country and that makes them indigenous.

"Most of these young people when they come to look at reality see they have no other choice than to be British.

"The Muslim community has to stand up and be counted as a British Muslim community and re-engage with young people who we have failed to engage for the last three decades.

"It is this alienation from community and family which pushes people to the laps of extremism.

"The responsibility [to act] lies within the community, but also within the government and others. The community cannot do it alone."

Story from BBC NEWS:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/1/hi/uk/3649137.stm

Published: 2004/04/23 01:05:36 GMT

© BBC MMVII
Yes - 43% No - 57%
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