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Edwin Hayward @uk_domain_names
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A few thoughts on alternatives to Brexit...
- Bring in proportional representation
- Cancel HS2 and spend the tens of £billions on improving *regional* rail and other transport links
- Turn the HOL into an entirely elected second chamber (its oversight function is useful)
- Recognise the merit of a booming economy in London and the SE. Celebrate it and nurture it. Then milk the cash cow and spread that delicious cream across the whole of the UK.
- Foster an entrepreneurial mentality that rewards a "British Dream" (parallels to the American Dream)
- End the culture of secrecy in Government, except in cases of genuine national security. Transparency and accountability at every level. Shine a bright light into the darkest corners.
- Set up a "regional sifting committee" to vet all large infrastructure projects to ensure that
a good balance of projects always acrrue to the regions. It would have the power to nix projects if they tip the balance too far towards London, until counterbalancing projects were put in place.
- Set up a crack team of tax experts within HMRC (paid appropriately for their
superstar expertise) and have them working 24/7 (ok, full time!) on stamping out tax loopholes. Publish their progress every month in a simple, easy to understand format.
- Smash the links between politics and lobbyists, e.g. by strengthening the prohibitions on post-MP jobs.
- Improve the NHS. Properly. Not just a figleaf to patch up the cracks. Make it fighting fit for the 21st century. Yes it will cost money. Yes, it's needed. Find a way to make it happen.
- Impose more cross-party collaboration, especially on long term projects. (Any project
with a duration greater than X years must have full cross-party oversight throughout its entire implementation)

What else? I'm sure there's tons of good stuff that could be done if we treat the slate as blank, and put our minds to it.
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