Thursday, 15 September 2016

Free Market Health Care - scrap the NHS.

Really just a blog to get some links in one place!

State healthcare is a disaster - the NHS is an evil empire, the current batch of junior doctors show that it is near the end of the road. This is a very good, positive thing.

Look to the USA... no not their almost monopoly system (which is as bad if not worse than our nasty NHS), and not to their failing Obamacare system but to the free market some have just about managed to start to establish...

By opting out of the overly regulated medical structures (Medicare etc) prices have been put online and led to biding wars bringing prices down to where they should have been all along.


Their online price list is here http://surgerycenterok.com - although I think sometimes it is not available outside the US - maybe US advertising legal issues? Here are some comparisons.


So by stopping waste and getting care down to the best price (which only the free market can do!) the next question is how to pay (note, we do already pay for the NHS, it is not free nor done for love). If we didn't have the NHS that wastes most of the money it gets we'd already be ahead - but this is one alternative...


I selected this one pretty much at random from google as an example - they are religious organisations - legally religion is the only way of getting out from under the dead hand of state regulation... But they just pay towards each others healthcare bills as needed.

So you pay the best possible price for your health care and 'self insure' by sharing your bills with others.

Minimal overheads, and all under your control. Whats not to like?

Sunday, 7 August 2016

The Race for the Leader'kip.

Keep up with developments in the UKIP Leadership competiton with www.radiofreeuk.org.

But it is very exciting - maybe a trial run for the democratisation of the UK? Sweeping in to remove an unrepresentative elected body NEC/Parliament and put in place a mechanism for the public to exert direct democracy!

For direct democracy the missing link on the practical side is electronic voting. The recent referendum shows the time, effort and cost of using our traditional, reliable and trustworthy (postal votes not withstanding) system. I have long opposed all the electronic voting systems I have seen, having been a candidate I would not trust them over our existing system.

However, I have since created a method of running electronic voting that is simple to use, and allows voters to verify the result of the vote as complete and accurate without having to trust anyone else on the collation and counting of votes (not even the vote organisers!).

So the battle lines have been drawn following the retirement of the revered emperor Nigel Farage who for many years, somehow, successfully herded cats while coping with deafening heckling and barracking from opposing spectators, and often from his own. Being cats, they could not be commanded to the level required for one man and his dog, but they were managed well enough to get into the pen marked brexit, which stunned everyone. Although, in practice the game is not technically over until they exit the other side, via the gate marked Article 50 (or through the tunnel marked 1972 Act).

But the emperor having now retired and the machinery to replace him having been dusted down (and wire brushed to remove the rust), two opposing generals have emerged, one Douglas Carswell MP and one Mr Arron Banks. They each have their loyal staff, but the warlords and foot soldiers of UKIP are free to choose which side (if any to join). Their battle is for control of a the UKIP party infrastructure - which may or may not include some or all of its current members/supporters, as they are always free to come or go as they please - as are officers and electees.

While the generals are not themselves competing to replace the emperor, they each have declared favourites in the race, alongside some independents and other contenders for the crown.

First, Douglas Carswell MP (UKIP). Douglas is a contentious figure in UKIP, as UKIP's only MP he gets a lot of media coverage, even though he has made clear he only represents the people of Clacton, and despite a large (winning) vote for him in the General Election, how many of those voters are UKIP'pers rather than his own personal following or just anti-EU'ers is not clear (I wonder if the local party membership figures are available?).

Douglas's set includes core members such as Suzanne Evans (former temporary leader, currently suspended) and Patrick O'Flynn MEP (UKIP), his team includes others who may (or may not) be on his side more to oppose Arron Banks and co, than to actively support Douglas - such as Neil Hamilton WAM (UKIP).

Douglas has several books to his name, produced over the years, often with co-authors, setting out a vision for a new structure for politics in the UK - one recent book, with many co-authors, Direct Democracy 'A New Model Party' is available as a free download on his website. He certainly appears to know what he wants from politics and from UKIP and for the country, unfortunately substantial parts of it don't match what many existing UKIP supporters want - particularly as Brexit is now seen as a fait accomplis.

His champion in the competition would almost certainly have been Suzanne Evans who he employs as 'UKIP Head of Commiciations - Westminster', but due to her suspension from the party cannot run. She was suspended for bringing the party into disrepute, and like Douglas himself has a record of attacking the UKIP party leadership and UKIP members who supported it.

So their champion is Cllr Lisa Duffy - while she is relatively (totally?) unknown nationally/generally she is part of UKIP history as the leader of the first UKIP group to lead a council in the UK - any UKIP'per who didn't know this should be ashamed!

On the opposing hill, astride his horse, binoculars out is Mr Arron Banks - a man who made his fortune in insurance (founding major companies, not just gambling!), and who now collects diamond mines as a hobby.

Arron's main notoriety in UKIP is as a major donor, friend of Nigel Farage and founder of Leave.EU which headed Grassroots Out the 'other' leave campaigners in the EU referendum campaign - and as an activist(!).

Arron's likely preferred champion, Steven Woolfe MEP, like Douglas's preferred champion, is not in the competition. In Stevens case he was excluded because the application forms for his candidacy were logged as being received by UKIP after the (well publicised) deadline.

It is thought Woolf  had been the most likely candidate to win the leadership (but who trusts polls nowadays?) with his hard core supporters having said they would leave UKIP if he was excluded from the race, which he now has been.

This has caused a lot of friction in the party - with one member of the NEC finally issueing a public statement on Steven's exclusion. This account is particularly interesting as it says that in the closing minutes between Steven's successful payment of his deposit and late submission of his papers, another candidate got their papers in(!). So he was not the only candidate to leave it to the last minute...

However, the dissatisfied supporters, rather then leaving the party are now in a move to hold an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM), a move strongly backed by Mr Banks. The broad plan for which seems to replace the existing UKIP constitution with a new one - which would remove the NEC (who ruled that Woolf's late entry was grounds for exclusion - as per the UKIP rule book) and put in place mechanisms to give members a more direct, hands on say in the running/position of the party, rater than relying on the elected representatives of the NEC.

Getting an EGM is a huge task - with many, many members needing to want it and get their branch to ask for it - but Mr Banks, has contact with a very large section of the UK membership via his Leave.EU organisation so has put this in train.

The timings around Steven Woolf's application are most odd - that a last minute entry came in, and then his application was late... could it be he was effectively bowing out and handing on the baton? The only real surprise candidate in the competition is Diane James - while she is well qualified to run, she showed no inclination to do so before hand, so one wonders if she is the late entry? It would also be interesting to see which 50 members proposed each candidate, and when! But I doubt that will be publicly available...

As I see it, people should have the leader they want - UKIP members should have the leader they want, if UKIP doesn't have the right leader, maybe they need a new party to have a different leader?

But it is very exciting - maybe a trial run for the democratisation of the UK? Sweeping in to remove an unrepresentative elected body NEC/Parliament and put in place a mechanism for the public to exert direct democracy!

For direct democracy the missing link on the practical side is electronic voting. The recent referendum shows the time, effort and cost of using our traditional, reliable and trustworthy (postal votes not withstanding) system. I have long opposed all the electronic voting systems I have seen, having been a candidate I would not trust them over our existing system. However, I have since created a method of running electronic voting that is simple to use, and allows voters to verify the result of the vote as complete and accurate without having to trust anyone else on the collation and counting of votes (not even the vote organisers!).

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

A Brighton #Brexit'eers War Stories

This is an email I sent to a list I am on - I keep meaning to write up the events mentioned, but probably won't get around to it - so put these here as a summary...


Well if you want to change things in politics you can.

But be ready for when the 'good on you for getting involved' turns to abuse for actually getting change.

Best event of the campaign was having to chase Caroline Lucas down the street to retrieve an item she stole from our brexit stall.

Or maybe the tipsy old west India lady who wanted to know how it worked once you were in the polling station as she had got her whole hostel (she was a drinker, the others had various issues) to register so they could vote brexit.

Many homeless had a chat - saying they had paid in in the past it was wrong they were on the streets while migrants were housed.

Or meeting the two veterans of DDay - glider pilot and paratrooper - who a young green remainiac decided to abuse.

Or just being a Brighton Brexit'eer - with a green, SNP, Ukip, labour, conservative educating the people of Brighon.

Six years on (from hove 2010) - liberty at last.

Bloody brilliant.
Paul /)/+)

Monday, 6 June 2016

Caroline Lucas MP (Brighton Pavilion, Green) - Naughty Girl - #Brighton #Brexit'eers

I was at the Brighton Brexiteers stall on Brexit corner - as I have been most Saturdays for a few months now...

Educating people how evil the EU is and promoting by Internet Radio Station - RadioFreeUK

Suddenly my mate and fellow Brexiteer, Wayne, exclaimed "Look it's Caroline Lucas".

And indeed there she was, with a male associate having just passed our stall. Wayne addressed her, and the couple headed back towards our stall...

Wayne opened conversation and it appeared that there would be a discussion - Wayne is quite a debater and had been entertaining crowds all morning.

Now, I have some laminated sheets of posters/quotes - used as talking points when people stop to discuss the upcoming referendum and the issues around it, and one was a poster from GO Green (Greens for Grassroots Out) with a quote from Caroline and her picture - which I showed to Caroline...



To my amazement she grabbed the item and made off with it! I was a bit shocked, but someone said I shouldn't let her just take it, which, of course is quite correct.

So I gave chase, and explained "Excuse me I know you get everything on expenses, but I paid for that."

Caroline wasn't happy and initially refused to return it. I said she couldn't just steal my stuff.

I was told the quote was out of context, as the next sentence said the UK should stay in the EU to fix TTIP - now, not only is this untrue (see the end of this post for the original facebook quote), but that doesn't change the context of TTIP being a bad thing! I actually have another talking point from Jeremy Corbyn denouncing TTIP...

Eventually, after some discussion her male associate persuaded her to give it to him but not before she first tried to tear it up - however the lamination was too tough for simple tearing... He then offered to buy it from me so they could keep it, but I said I just wanted it back and took it.

Wayne suggested that in his experience it was likely that an attempt would be made to take the poster again - so it should not be left too vulnerable.

Later a group of remain supporting Greens approached and engaged Wayne at length on EU related issues - however he became a suspicious, picked up the talking point and held it close.

He told me the lead guy among the Green Remainiacs admitted he had planned to take the item, and subsequently made a mobile phone call to someone regarding it...

Now, I am just a normal, law abiding, middle class guy - and not used to this kind of behaviour among adults - but it has been suggested that future attempts may be made to remove the item... so I have made up a load more just in case!

It is a great talking point as it shows how much the EU has done on TTIP, at great expense to we taxpayers(!), without any reference to our elected representatives and how bad TTIP is.

As a talking point I also contrast this with Caroline Lucas's work as an MP in our UK parliament at Westminster, not only raising amendments, but presenting a bill to the house to retract some existing government legislation -- not something any MEP can do in the EU Parliament where only the unelected EU Commission can initiate legislation!

Why so upset? I can't help wondering about EU Parliamentary pensions... which are only paid to those who don't criticise the Commission...

I did an item on for my radio station - RadioFreeUK
http://www.radiofreeuk.org/show/20160527/28/

And Storify'd this -

Yet Another Letter to my MP... Cameron incompetent to have no #BRExit plan?

This is the text of my most recent letter - you can write to you MP, very, very simply by visiting https://www.writetothem.com/

Dear,

Our Prime Minister - David Cameron - has made clear that he intends to stay in office regardless of the outcome of the EU referendum.

The polls suggest that the outcome of the referendum is not certain.

However, I understand that Mr Cameron has absolutely no plans, and has made no contingency for the possibility of an 'leave' vote (which he opposes).

As Mr Cameron is the leader of our country, don't you think this is a complete dereliction of duty by him? To be approaching an uncertain event and to wilfully and deliberately refuse to consider the best interests of the country should the referendum vote go against his position?

If the UK public vote to leave the EU, it is the Prime Minister, Mr Cameron, who will be negotiating the UK's exit - so it is his plan that will prevail post BRExit... but we are given to understand that he has no such plan, and has instructed the Civil Service not to create one, and further has called on a 'campaigning group' (Vote Leave) made up of unelected arbitrary figures to provide him with such a plan.

If Mr Cameron is not a bare faced liar, and genuinely has no plan should BRExit prevail - he surely must be removed from office immediately for gross incompetence in performance of his duties as leader of this country - don't you agree?

Yours sincerely,

Monday, 23 May 2016

Another letter to my (Senior Conservative) MP. #ShameShameShame

Dear,

Another day of David Cameron and George Osborne saying what a low opinion they have of the UK, its people, its industry and its heritage - this, the country they are privileged to be the most senior political leaders of.

Their names will live in infamy for the way they have tried to talk down this country - and the Conservative party and its senior members will be judged alongside them.

At any other time, even so much as a whisper of the disrespect they have for this country and its people would have brought instant sanction, but now the Conservative party - and even the opposition - sit mute.

Can you honestly say you would have ever supported these men had they made such statements before? I hope not.

If 'remain' scrape through they may live out their shabby political careers, but there will be no glory only shame. However if 'leave' win, their names - and the name and reputation of the Conservative party - will be in the gutter, and will live there in perpetuity.

There is no good outcome for the Conservative party now - only the least worst, which has to be the removal of this pair of lord haw haws.

Yours sincerely,

Paul Perrin