Lawrence Chard for Member of Parliament

Independent Candidate for Blackpool South in the 2015 U.K. Parliamentary Election

Member of Parliament РVote Lawrence Chard

Member of Parliament – I have submitted my nomination papers to stand for election to the United Kingdom House of Commons in the forthcoming general election on 7th May 2015, and my nomination has been accepted by the local Electoral Services team at Blackpool Town Hall.

Why Run for Parliament?

Member of Parliament - Lawrence ChardThere are a number of reasons to run for a member of parliament, but what inspired me to take the decision to stand occurred while I was spending many hours last year reading and trying to make sense and understand the H.M.R.C. website (Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs). Whoever designed and wrote it is either an idiot and should be shot, because it is largely incomprehensible, or is a genius who has created a first class masterpiece of which Charles Dickens’ Circumlocution Office would be proud. Which? depends on whether the aim was to create something clear and easy to understand, or to create the opposite to make it difficult for any normal person to follow.

The other thing I noticed was contained, or rather omitted from, their charter, or “Your Charter” as they disarmingly call it; perhaps this is an attempt to shift the blame to us. Nowhere does this document state that HMRC will be fair or treat their customers, counterparties, or victims fairly. This at first surprised me, although it no longer does so. I do think it is a serious omission, and that it should be included as part of their charter.

While checking the charter as I write this, I have also noticed that while HMRC expect taxpayers to be honest, they do not promise to reciprocate this; again I believe this is a serious omission which should be rectified as soon as possible.

Is That All?

No, that was simply the catalyst. I have many other ideas, beliefs and philosophies which I believe to be improvements, or which should be considered when making policy decisions and new laws or amendments to existing ones.

Even if getting an amendment to the HMRC Charter is all I achieve, I believe this would be useful, helpful, and desirable for almost all members of the British public, including the residents of Blackpool South Constituency.