A New United Kingdom
During my conversations recently four ideas struck me.
A new United Kingdom
The present system seems to have run its course or, in modern parlance, past its sell-by date.
I would like to see England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland become totally self sufficient with their own parliament making all their laws. In a fairly central point, I'd like to see a federal parliament perhaps Manchester, for a United Kingdom parliament, concerned only with matters outside these islands, such as the Foreign Office, the Military, and embassies.
Then I'd like income tax divided into a federal tax and a regional tax. A federal tax for defence, handled by the UK parliament, and a regional one for each country. Then, if you don't look after the job producers, a company may move to another region.
Then I'd like to go back to county councils running their counties and, instead of VAT, and council tax, I'd like to see each council have a sales tax.
We could, as an idea, allow councils to charge a sales tax between 8% and 15% on any goods or services bought within the county. And, like America, if you buy goods out of county, then you pay that county's sales tax and not yours. County "A" charges 12% and the next county “B” charges 18%. Guess how soon county “B” will lower its sales tax!
This would enable County Councils to be totally free of government interference. It would also create a situation where, if they didn't keep their sales tax down, people would buy goods in counties with a lower tax rate. Councils would have to learn to be competitive.
Corporations hate competition, whereas smaller companies strive harder with competition. I would lower Corporation Tax quite a lot for companies with up to twenty personnel. Then the normal Corporation Tax until we come to corporations.
Corporations which are British and have no branches abroad are taxed at the present rate but International Corporations British or foreign, to pay a higher tax rate.
The future is to grow our companies to larger companies. Corporates tend to throttle smaller companies.
Robotic inventions and applications are growing at a rapid pace and it is time to seriously reconsider what we want.
Do we want thousands and thousands of jobless people because work has been so mechanised, or do we want our people to enjoy more leisure hours and a much shorter working week?
If we put people on a 25 hour working week, this could, even with robotics, cost companies too much. But not if we can save them money by increasing their production and make better use of their premises and capital equipment.
My idea is to work on a three days on and three days off routine. We could call one three day team the A team and the second three day team the B team. Then happily married couples could both get jobs in the 'same letter' team, and not so happily married couples could choose 'alternate letter' teams. Or, couples with small children could also elect alternate letters.
If people stuck to the same letter, their contacts in other companies would remain the same, and companies would have seven days output to pay for the same cost of premises and capital equipment.
As we mechanise even more with robots, the seven hour day could then have the hours reduced, without having to change everything.
Anyway, these are just some ideas, they need to be better thought out, and expanded, but hey! I left school at 15, there must be some brighter people here who can make better suggestions.