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Started by col2001 on Aug 30, 2018 11:50:28 PM
Centrist Policies

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Jacob_Richter - 31 Aug 2018 11:38:32 (#1 of 865)

Increase car parking charges for patients and staff at hospitals to pay for PFI contracts.

Jacob_Richter - 31 Aug 2018 11:38:55 (#2 of 865)

Bomb some Arabs.

mememe - 31 Aug 2018 11:38:57 (#3 of 865)

Col being Col again I see.

Ginmonkey - 31 Aug 2018 11:49:00 (#4 of 865)

I am not sure why charging for hospital car parking is such a taboo subject.

Demand has to be managed and maintenance of the car parks has to be funded. Charging people who use the service ia a way to do that. The costs could be socialised but is that fair to the people who use public transport to attend hospital - who will be more likely to be poorer, elderly and disabled.

SheikYerbouti - 31 Aug 2018 11:52:47 (#5 of 865)

Get a nice Uber to the hospital. Job done.

mememe - 31 Aug 2018 12:02:48 (#6 of 865)

Demand has to be managed and maintenance of the car parks has to be funded.

Exactly. Charging for parking sorts both these problems. Without it nobody can park and the costs of resurfacing or whatever come out of (very) limited funds the NHS could better use on, you know, making people better.

Mind you, it's not the only daft argument people have about the NHS.

mememe - 31 Aug 2018 12:04:48 (#7 of 865)

Similarly awesome arguments can be had with trains, which are apparently both too crowded and too expensive.

FrankieTeardrop - 31 Aug 2018 12:05:31 (#8 of 865)

I think centrist policies are awful. We should just make everything free.

WibbleAgain - 31 Aug 2018 12:08:13 (#9 of 865)

But when it's free it gets abused and squandered. It's an unfortunately truth but when people have to pay directly they are more respectful/careful and less wasteful.

emorobot - 31 Aug 2018 12:09:56 (#10 of 865)

Centrist Policies

The same as right wing policies, only when they fuck you over they've got a smile on their face.

mememe - 31 Aug 2018 12:10:00 (#11 of 865)

But when it's free it gets abused and squandered. It's an unfortunately truth but when people have to pay directly they are more respectful/careful and less wasteful.

Capitalist.

GyratingTrampoline - 31 Aug 2018 12:11:44 (#12 of 865)

Lots of unnecessarily specific laws which duplicate existing laws, for instance a law against punching nurses. Another law against spitting at police. We might not have the resources to enforce such laws but they send a very clear message!

machiavelli - 31 Aug 2018 12:21:08 (#13 of 865)

Use targets to make teachers, coppers and medical staff spend lots of time on filling forms.

GyratingTrampoline - 31 Aug 2018 12:23:51 (#14 of 865)

Govern with a perfect combination of scientific rationality and emotional awareness.

In other words, use reason and science to identify which policies will most successfully resonate with voters' emotions.

rearranged - 31 Aug 2018 12:24:31 (#15 of 865)

Surely centrism is about using the appropriate solution to a problem rather than being ideologically wedded to either state provision or private provision?

AlanII - 31 Aug 2018 12:26:15 (#16 of 865)

The same as right wing policies, only when they fuck you over they've got a smile on their face.

No, no, no. They feel bad about doing it. "God save us all from a difficult decision taken in the Pentagon."

Brunothecat - 31 Aug 2018 12:26:50 (#17 of 865)

Elections will be ignored and overruled when the voters get it wrong. Wrongness to be determined by column inches of bile/arselicking dutifully read out from the daily Mail by everyone on the BBC.

Moschops - 31 Aug 2018 12:28:34 (#18 of 865)

Similarly awesome arguments can be had with trains, which are apparently both too crowded and too expensive.

I doubt you have much evidence that the same people are complaining about both, and that's before you get onto any of the other specific issues affecting rail transport

rearranged - 31 Aug 2018 12:29:55 (#19 of 865)

I doubt you have much evidence that the same people are complaining about both

I complain about both whilst recognising the cognitive dissonance.

mememe - 31 Aug 2018 12:30:00 (#20 of 865)

Surely centrism is about using the appropriate solution to a problem rather than being ideologically wedded to either state provision or private provision?

That's crazy talk. Ideally, politicians should focus on some obscure and irrelevant (to most voters) aspect of foreign policy, fuck it up, make it clear you're morally bankrupt and keep doubling down.

Voters love it.

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