As I have including both Labour and Liberal parties - I thought I would copy in the Conservatives as well and hope that some of my ideas are looked at and hopefully even taken on board.
As a long-term Labour voter and a student of politics and international relations, I find myself turning more and more a-political and losing faith in those that run our country. Mainly because they, that includes all political parties, have got themselves so wrapped up in their own spin, lies and feeling of self-importance, they have lost site of the real world.
The system is broken and needs a complete overhaul from top to bottom. The welfare state, taxation...well everything to be fair needs to be completely reinvented and not just bandaged up in hope of preventing the wound from spreading - the key word is simplicity.
Change's to the political and voting system - elect local MP's using the first past the post system, who would then represent their constituents interests in an English parliament. We then use the PR system to elect our government, who without having the ties of having to deal with a constituency can get on with the real business of representing our countries interests to the best of their abilities
A simple taxation system - income tax and National Insurance should be combined into one tax, followed by the scrapping of Working Tax Credits; with a much higher starting rate of income tax, to cover the loss of WTC. A tax like this would be easier for the everyday person on the street to understand and for the government to administer.
Why not go further and combine Council Tax into the above tax! Money could be distributed to local councils based on area of land they maintained and density of population within that area.
Pensions, one of the most controversial topics in British topics - To start with the Pensions Credits agency needs to be scrapped and all moneys ploughed back into the state pension. Then give pensioners who wish to continue working the choice to opt out collecting their state pension for as long as they continued to work. To entice those of a pensionable age to do this, double the lower level at which they would start to pay income tax, then for every year they continued to work they would get an extra £5 or £10 per week on top of their state pension. The savings from opting out of the state pension would be considerable and the average working pensioner would have more disposable income to spend.
NHS - first and foremost, binge drinkers and those with self-inflicted injuries (not suicide attempts) should be forced to pay for the treatment they receive at full cost. Second, as cost of medical procedures and treatments get more expensive - those in employment should have to pay small cost towards their treatment, similar to what already occurs with NHS dentists - maybe at a cost of £50 for a surgical treatment. This in no way would cover the costs of running the NHS, but it would go a long way to making sure that it could improve it services and give the best possible treatments available.
Crime and punishment - those convicted of non-violent offences should be given the chance to work off their sentence in the armed forces. This would hopefully give the wrongdoer a trade and a some self-respect. Should they in away break their terms of this military sentence, they are sent to jail to serve their entire sentence, without parole.
Also murderers and rapists should serve life and I mean life, not some half-hearted sentence where they get out for good behaviour.
Furthermore, for those who are in prison, make them earn their keep, as they once used to do producing goods and providing services. Also for those of little or no education, make sure they get basic qualifications - if the prisoners work hard and study hard, then they would get an increase in privileges.
The government systems need to become transparent, so when a mistake is made or they do not have an answer to a question or a problem, they hold their hand up and say so - the public will be much more likely enamoured with an honest politician and not one that hides between rehashed rhetoric and half-truths.
My final gripe is in regards to the playground that is House of Commons, it seems that MP's seemed more concerned about getting a cheap shot at their opposing members or political points scoring instead of focusing on the importance of running the country. You have to wonder how this televised spectacle is viewed internationally - I see at as one of the longest running non-funny attempts at comedy ever produced in this country.
I'm sorry for this rant of mine, but it I needed to get it off my chest.