Apologies, Paulie, but Blogger seems to be less and less inclined to search through posts older than about a year; however, since my views have changed over time, that isn't so much of a problem.
The other point is that I tend to think as I write, i.e. I don't plan posts. Because of this, most of them start off by insulting someone, and then move onto solutions later on, or weave the solutions in amongst the insults. As such, I have tried to pick posts that constitute a decent, or at least discrete, chunk of solutions.
- In a post excoriating Polly Toynbee, I laid out very general reforms.
- Introduce the Citizen's Basic Income for everybody. At £5,000 a year, I estimate this to cost roughly £250 billion in pure cash, but with minimal administration costs, since everybody receives it from the age of 16 until they die (we use the National Insurance database). The CBI not only ensures that people do not starve (provided that they are careful with their money) but also redresses the power balance between employer and employee.
- Introduce a Personal Tax Allowance of £12,000 (including the CBI? Or excluding?).
- Introduce a Flat Tax of 35% initially, then scaled back as needed.
- Abolish NICs.
- Privatise all schools and allow them to operate as independent businesses, and handing parents vouchers to allow them to chose which school they wish their children to go to (the best ones, hopefully).
- Privitise all hospitals and put in a system of funding through insurance, as detailed in this post. Roughly £58 pcm for decent cover (for a heavy smoker and drinker).
[UPDATE: I now have health insurance and, as detailed (with the caveats) in this post, it costs £49.26 pcm for the most comprehensive package.]
- Unemploment benefit to be run through private insurance. Roughly £20 pcm.
- All pensions to be run through private companies. Roughly £100 a month to pay out the same as the current state pension if retiring at 65.
- All of the above means that you can sack hundreds of thousands of civil servants, vast swathes of pen-pushing bureaucrats are released into the market. Luckily, you are already paying them their benefits through the CBI, so it doesn't cost anything. Hopefully, they will then start their own companies or join other private companies, thus increasing the country's wealth rather than being parasites on everyone else.
Some of this stuff is necessarily a bit simplistic, so here are a few categorised posts extending reasons and motivations.
I haven't dealt explicitly with this for a while now, mainly because my main ideas haven't changed. However, there are certain areas that I haven't formulated the best way to proceed.
- This is quite an old post on general Health Reform. It's a bit US-style, and I am looking more at the Swiss system at present.
- Why we should legalise drugs.
- General education reform.
- What good private schools deliver over and above pure academic performance.
- Why Cameron's school reforms are wrong (before he talked about co-ops: I haven't written about those yet).
- More on education. However, this post also contains a good deal of general welfare ideas, and also why we should be raising the tax threshold. Which brings us on to...
WELFARE & CITIZENS' BASIC INCOME (CBI)
- Charles Murray advocates a CBI in the US.
- Polly Toynbee talks shit to the Bow Group; this post is chiefly of interest if you scroll to the update, where I attempt to square the costs of the CBI.
- Once again, looking at the costs of the CBI.
- During a discussion of libertarianism, I advocate the CBI again. This post also has various other observations on points of my beliefs, including immigration.
Will that do for now, Paulie? There are other areas that I have touched on, but there are still so many things that I want to do a bit more research on.
As I have said, an updated manifesto wilf follow once I have shaken off this current bout of blogging malaise.
UPDATE: some thoughts, at Wanabehuman (i.e. no swearing), on the costs of the EU and some (quite old) ideas (embracing free trade) on our strategy once we have left (also devoid of swearing).