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Policy position on environment #524

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MyfanwyNixon opened this Issue May 8, 2014 · 19 comments

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MyfanwyNixon commented May 8, 2014

Request from a user via Twitter:

On visiting the front page of elected MP, it would be great if there is a specific voting record on Environment... to include wildlife, agriculture, energy, water, recycling... Environment?"

Obviously the votes displayed on the 'front' page are randomly generated but we could treat this as a request for a section on the voting record page. At the moment, forestry, climate change, etc fall within the miscellaneous section.

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"selling England’s state owned forests" and "prevent climate change" could fall under an Environment heading.

As probably could "financial incentives for low carbon emission electricity generation methods"

"culling badgers to tackle bovine tuberculosis" - is another contender but that's perhaps more about economics of farming.

We could put "higher taxes on plane tickets" in there too rather than under taxation.

"selling England’s state owned forests" and "prevent climate change" could fall under an Environment heading.

As probably could "financial incentives for low carbon emission electricity generation methods"

"culling badgers to tackle bovine tuberculosis" - is another contender but that's perhaps more about economics of farming.

We could put "higher taxes on plane tickets" in there too rather than under taxation.

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Yes, I think there are definitely enough to make a section - and it does seem like an obvious area of concern!

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MyfanwyNixon commented Jul 11, 2014

Yes, I think there are definitely enough to make a section - and it does seem like an obvious area of concern!

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Here's another user email:

Can I suggest having an Environment section in each MP's voting record rather than lumping those results in Miscellaneous?

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MyfanwyNixon commented Jul 24, 2014

Here's another user email:

Can I suggest having an Environment section in each MP's voting record rather than lumping those results in Miscellaneous?

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Another email:

I was hoping to find out my MP’s voting record on environmental/green issues ahead of the Rally for Nature at Westminster tomorrow but notice this is not a topic that you analyse. Ahead of next year’s election, would you consider highlighting this area of interest?

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MyfanwyNixon commented Dec 9, 2014

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I was hoping to find out my MP’s voting record on environmental/green issues ahead of the Rally for Nature at Westminster tomorrow but notice this is not a topic that you analyse. Ahead of next year’s election, would you consider highlighting this area of interest?

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Another: "It's really striking though how little prominence is given to environmental issues and in particular climate change. Given the scientific consensus surrounding the importance of climate change to everyone on the planet - and the potentially large impacts of any policies that might address it - I find it both disappointing and surprising that this gets a single line, buried under 'miscellaneous topics'"

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Another: "It's really striking though how little prominence is given to environmental issues and in particular climate change. Given the scientific consensus surrounding the importance of climate change to everyone on the planet - and the potentially large impacts of any policies that might address it - I find it both disappointing and surprising that this gets a single line, buried under 'miscellaneous topics'"

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Could you please feature the fracking vote in your analysis, too? I am very concerned about water pollution, and the fragility of our water-sources.

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Could you please feature the fracking vote in your analysis, too? I am very concerned about water pollution, and the fragility of our water-sources.

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"I think given recent shifts in voting towards a greener, environmental lobby, under an MPs voting record the environment should be a sub category."

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abimysoc commented May 18, 2015

"I think given recent shifts in voting towards a greener, environmental lobby, under an MPs voting record the environment should be a sub category."

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Awareness of the threats to our natural environment is increasing as is the number of people who attend university places on this subject, and increases in green party membership. I was surprised to see environmental issues are sidelined as Miscellaneous'. If the proportion of oxygen to carbon dioxide is irrelevant, policies on sea level and access to green space pointless and not science based then it would be fair to sideline them, however evidence is very clear on wellbeing people, and the dangers which environmental degradation pose. Would you please elevate environment as its own topic. The economy, health to name a few all are underpinned by this subject so if any were to be sidelined these smaller topics should be!

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Awareness of the threats to our natural environment is increasing as is the number of people who attend university places on this subject, and increases in green party membership. I was surprised to see environmental issues are sidelined as Miscellaneous'. If the proportion of oxygen to carbon dioxide is irrelevant, policies on sea level and access to green space pointless and not science based then it would be fair to sideline them, however evidence is very clear on wellbeing people, and the dangers which environmental degradation pose. Would you please elevate environment as its own topic. The economy, health to name a few all are underpinned by this subject so if any were to be sidelined these smaller topics should be!

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That's 7 unprompted messages from users on this topic - surely enough to put it higher in our priorities list?

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MyfanwyNixon commented Jun 1, 2015

That's 7 unprompted messages from users on this topic - surely enough to put it higher in our priorities list?

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This is something a developer needs to do. I'll propose the policy areas to be put under a title of "Environmental Issues" (and removed from "Miscellaneous Topics") as:

  • measures to prevent climate change
  • financial incentives for low carbon emission electricity generation methods
  • culling badgers to tackle bovine tuberculosis
  • selling England’s state owned forests

and if it's technically trivial to repeat lines under different headings repeat:

  • higher taxes on plane tickets
  • lower taxes on fuel for motor vehicles

under the "Environmental Issues" heading too.

This is something a developer needs to do. I'll propose the policy areas to be put under a title of "Environmental Issues" (and removed from "Miscellaneous Topics") as:

  • measures to prevent climate change
  • financial incentives for low carbon emission electricity generation methods
  • culling badgers to tackle bovine tuberculosis
  • selling England’s state owned forests

and if it's technically trivial to repeat lines under different headings repeat:

  • higher taxes on plane tickets
  • lower taxes on fuel for motor vehicles

under the "Environmental Issues" heading too.

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The smoking ban line is under two headings so repeating these lines should be practical.

The smoking ban line is under two headings so repeating these lines should be practical.

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User request:

I would like to see a Voting Record Category of The Environment or even Climate Change. I seems to me this is one of the biggest issues facing society today and I would like to know how MP has voted on this issue.

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MyfanwyNixon commented Jan 14, 2016

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I would like to see a Voting Record Category of The Environment or even Climate Change. I seems to me this is one of the biggest issues facing society today and I would like to know how MP has voted on this issue.

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Do I need to assign a dev to ensure that this gets prioritised? Pretty clear case for user need - I don't think I've ever had so many straightforward requests on one subject for TWFY.

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MyfanwyNixon commented Jan 14, 2016

Do I need to assign a dev to ensure that this gets prioritised? Pretty clear case for user need - I don't think I've ever had so many straightforward requests on one subject for TWFY.

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@MyfanwyNixon, from next week TWFY is going to fall under the Parliaments Team sprint planning, so I'll make sure this gets prioritised.

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tmtmtmtm commented Jan 14, 2016

@MyfanwyNixon, from next week TWFY is going to fall under the Parliaments Team sprint planning, so I'll make sure this gets prioritised.

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\o/ Thank you.

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MyfanwyNixon commented Jan 14, 2016

\o/ Thank you.

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And still they come:

I was disappointed to see climate change included as one solitary question within 'miscellaneous'. In fact, climate change includes issues covering renewable energy, feed-in-tariffs, fossil fuels, nuclear subsidies, divestment, transport policy, HS2, food security, farming, flood defence, science education, climate research, waste and recycling, localisation of services, and many other things. I believe it deserves to be a category as much as health, or welfare, or education.

Please consider increasing your coverage and accessibility therefore of MPs' voting records on matters affecting - indeed, matters causing climate change.

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MyfanwyNixon commented Jan 15, 2016

And still they come:

I was disappointed to see climate change included as one solitary question within 'miscellaneous'. In fact, climate change includes issues covering renewable energy, feed-in-tariffs, fossil fuels, nuclear subsidies, divestment, transport policy, HS2, food security, farming, flood defence, science education, climate research, waste and recycling, localisation of services, and many other things. I believe it deserves to be a category as much as health, or welfare, or education.

Please consider increasing your coverage and accessibility therefore of MPs' voting records on matters affecting - indeed, matters causing climate change.

struan added a commit that referenced this issue Jan 20, 2016

Add voting segment for Environmental Issues
includes policies 1030, 6693, 6697, 6699, 6704, and 6710

Also remove 1030, 6697, 6704 and 6710 from misc issues segment.

Fixes #524

@struan struan closed this in 88174a4 Jan 20, 2016

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