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Verticalvenetianblinds Sun 25-Sep-16 08:41:58

I am increasingly irritated by everyone blaming the government for the 'problems' we have as a country. so i have decided i am going to run the country. but i need your help too.
so far i have decided to give firefighters, paramedics and police a huge pay rise.
make footballers play for free or donate their wages.
employ 100% more doctors and nurses.
Insist that old people are cared for by their families or in luxury accommodation.

what else do i need to add to the list?

braceybracegirl Sun 25-Sep-16 08:42:57

Look after social workers and teachers. Less paperwork more police on the streets.

BarbaraofSeville Sun 25-Sep-16 08:56:59

I suppose you will have to find a way to make mega corporations pay their fair share of tax instead of dodging it to, to pay for all this.

Basic citizens income for all, which will allow scrappage of most of the tax credits/benefits system and the mess that it creates when they get it wrong.

Encourage businesses to relocate outside London/the south east to spread jobs and opportunities out more.

Massive house building programme and fair rental contracts so people don't keep having to move house and pay a fortune in fees to letting agents.

Verticalvenetianblinds Sun 25-Sep-16 08:59:24

oh, and a better benefits system!

RaspberryIce Sun 25-Sep-16 09:39:00

Stop destroying state education and the NHS.

Rrross1ges Sun 25-Sep-16 09:42:29

Nurses should get proper pay. Footballers should need to drive taxis of a night because playing out with your friends isn't a fucking job.

PeppaTheFirst Sun 25-Sep-16 09:46:52

Extend maternity/paternity pay for an extra year (they are still so little when we have to go back to work!). Oh and ban children's advertising (toys, sweets etc) before 7.30pm (the Santa list is huuuugggggeeee and it's only September)!

braceybracegirl Sun 25-Sep-16 09:47:11

Yes agree with all of this. Fairer distribution of wealth.

WhenSheWasBadSheWasHorrid Sun 25-Sep-16 09:50:55

Hope you've git a magic wand to arrange all of that grin

I would encourage more business moving up North. And build more housing.

Verticalvenetianblinds Sun 25-Sep-16 09:53:41

Another thing that gets me is the roads (serious potholes by us!) and lack of public transport/cycle lanes. Maybe we should all drive mid range cars and put the excess that gets spent on posh Porsches etc towards road maintenance?!

Minisoksmakehardwork Sun 25-Sep-16 09:59:18

Don't forget prison officers please! It really, really pisses me off when news reports state 'riot police' sorted the prisoner who was being a twat. What they really mean is the highly trained control and restraint prison officers and their colleagues, who may have spent hours trying to get said prisoner off the netting, to release their hostage. It wasn't the fucking police!!

DontBuyANewMumCashmere Sun 25-Sep-16 10:02:02

I was a riot trained police officer and have been called to a prison.

Thanks for the pay rise. Might go back now! wink

Verticalvenetianblinds Sun 25-Sep-16 10:08:59

prisons need more money, but perhaps a better drug rehab system/magic cure would help that too. if im using the magic wand i might as well go full hog and find magic cures (for cancer too!)

BarbaraofSeville Sun 25-Sep-16 10:23:31

YY to improving the whole transport infrastructure. Ours is embarassingly bad compared to a lot of other countries. Public transport is unreliable and expensive, cycling is often too dangerous, so people have little choice other than to use their cars.

A lot of people are put in prison for offences that really don't warrant a prison sentence and prison doesn't really serve any purpose (non payment of fines, small scale fraud that sort of thing). Keep prison for violent crime, drug lords, persistent burglars etc and use other punishments for people fined for not having a TV licence or taking their DHs speeding points.

Minisoksmakehardwork Sun 25-Sep-16 10:23:47

dont, I'm not saying they don't and aren't. But The ones we've had recently have been dealt with in house but reported as if the police have rode in and saved the day. Perhaps just those of us who've been there and know about it are going to be the only ones who really understand the nuances there.

Yes, prisons probably could do with more money. Or just more sensible spending of the money they do have. £1000 versus £500 for exactly the same printer cartridges plus another 2 as could get them in a multipack, both approved suppliers. Guess who we ordered from... psychologists who had gel pens in purple ordered and paid for by the prison. £17 for 4!

Verticalvenetianblinds Sun 25-Sep-16 12:08:02

ooo purple gel pens?! (were they the scented ones?!)
whats wrong with a biro?

DontBuyANewMumCashmere Sun 25-Sep-16 13:13:37

mini Yeah know what you mean. Chronic misreporting is loved by all public sector workers... angry

WankingMonkey Sun 25-Sep-16 14:51:39

First port of call for me would be seriously looking into large companies avoiding their taxes tbh. Actually doing this would give us so much 'extra' to play with. Soundbytes are no good when you keep going after the unemployed, low paid, disabled and elderly like rabid dogs.

madcapcat Sun 25-Sep-16 17:32:33

All of the above please. Plus noone not a UK national can buy a house here unless they're going to live in it as their main place of residence. (NB They can rent as many as they like, and no problem with them being here just sick of so many new builds especially in London and Edinburgh being bought off plan as investments but with no intention that anyone actually live in them. Ever.)

And while I'm at it, I'd
- ban"poor doors" in new developments,
- make teaching of life skills compulsory for every year group in school (age appropriate of course, but think everyone should be able to swim, do basic car and house maintenance, child care, sew on a button , know how to budget, first-aid etc etc)
- make public and sustainable transport so much the best option that private car ownership became much more obviously a luxury.
- Make voting compulsory
-nationalise all public schools
-fairer distribution of work / wealth etc with the aim that everyone had similar amounts of disposable income and leisure time. If you choose to spend it on a huge house that's up to you. Just don't expect to have a huge house and lots of new designer clothes and 4 or 5 fancy holidays a year....you'll have to choose between them

I don't think I'd last very long - reckon I'd be so unpopular I'd be assassinated after the first week but you never know

orenisthenewblack Sun 25-Sep-16 17:46:07

Omg I often play this game 'When I'n Prime minister'!

Please can we transport all goods on trains so that there are no lorries on our roads?
Can we please invest in solar/wind/tidal power?
Please let's share wealth somehow? starting with royals
If you show time and time again that you can't look after your own kids and they are taken away because of abuse and neglect, please can we sod human rights and medically stop them from having any more?
Can we have a limit on two kids per family if you don't work/ never worked/ don't intend on finding work.
Can we ban chuggers knocking on doors asking for D.D details to support whatever charity?
Can we start listening to good people and stop following bad people who are power hungry, self centred and greedy?

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