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So when I get citizenship ,I'm going to form a political party, with the following planks in the platform:
1. A written constitution for the UK
2. Renationalizing the rail system
3. Instituting Thanksgiving, as people here love turkey and pie ,and almost everyone can be sold on the idea of a holiday that forces a delay to Christmas decorations.

 

Meanwhile, once I have civil rights again, I'm going to see about getting involved in straightening out the government's shit attitude about people on disability.

 

My application for citizenship won't be going in this week, though, as I fucked things up with my ID when I went to take my test this AM. I'm consoling myself with Arwen in Brighton tonight. I'll update more about this later. I have rescheduled for two Saturdays.

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arkady
Nov. 4th, 2012 01:18 pm (UTC)
I think it'll fall down completely on your third policy point; Brits tend to be rather against taking on other people's holidays. It's only the BNP and their ilk that really seem to celebrate Britain's past colonialism; the rest of us for the most part shuffle our feet and get a bit embarrassed about it unless we're busy singing "Rule Britannia" at the Last Night of the Proms.
thekumquat
Nov. 4th, 2012 05:51 pm (UTC)
Except Halloween is now celebrated all over, particularly by shops trying to sell tat, whereas even 10 years ago it was restricted to parts of the north/Scotland for guising and an.excuse to show horror movies on telly.
If they marketed it as a non-religious Harvest Festival and suggested roast ham to eat rather than turkey, and pie in general, it might catch on. Lots of gastropubs seem to be using it as an excuse for a themed menu already.

To be pedantic, we have a written constitution, just not written in one place labelled as such. Not sure one neat document would help much. But renationalising British Rail would I think be a plan - though to be.fair the food available on it has improves no end. Hard to say what progress would have been made in ticketing, accessibility etc by a national rail system - suspect Oyster etc would be.introduced in any case, ditto lifts, ramps to meet appearance of DDA 'reasonable adjustments' for 'foreseeable' needs.
lovingboth
Nov. 4th, 2012 08:11 pm (UTC)
Hmm, there are chunks written down in various places, but some bits of it are more 'I think that the position is' than others. The Scottish legal system disagrees with the theory of parliamentary sovereignty, for example, and what's covered by the Royal Prerogative has changed since I did Government and Politics as various 'experts' have changed their mind and various other people have nodded.

For rail, there's also the tiny problem of where the money is coming from. Especially to buy the rolling stock - the people who own the leasing companies would make another killing.
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nitoda
Nov. 5th, 2012 06:32 pm (UTC)
I could get behind thanksgiving as a holiday. No obligatory gift-giving makes it immediately preferable to Xmas. I'd quite like Yom Kippur too though.
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