Which institution would you like to abolish? : REAL LIFE : OPINIONS
Sunday 11 December 1994
DR JACQUELINE SIMPSON, president, Folklore Society: Private companies that used to be nationalised and which have kept "British" in their title. I think that it's an absolute imposition.
BERNIE GRANT, Labour MP: All immigration detention centres because they are incarcerating, for the most part, people who have suffered some of the worst imaginable oppression. It amounts to double punishment.
MIRANDA SMITH, housewife: Is Mr Blobby a British institution? He probably is by now. He will have to go. He's sad beyond belief, a disgrace to the nation. Abolish please.
MAJOR (retd) TONY ASTLE, secretary, Cheshire Regiment Association: I'd abolish marriage, from the Queen right down to the man in the street. It' s far too expensive when people break up and find themselves in difficulties.
ELISABETH BROOKE, white witch: The class system. I'd start with the Queen and work down. It's one of the main reasons why this country is in such a mess. You've got the sycophantic working class on one hand and on the other you've got all these people who have had too much power for too long.
SARAH FITCH, shop manageress: There should be a ceiling on how much you can inherit, and the rest should go to the state. People should gain by merit, not inheritance.
REV JOHN HUDGHTON, vicar and deanery youth chaplain: The very British first-past-the-post electoral system and hereditary peerages. The first-past-the-post system creates Governments with vastly more seats than they would merit if their poll percentage was the measure. Hereditary peers should be seated in feudal history.
KAREN McCARTHY, student: Getting rid of the five-day week would mean a reduction in unemployment and increased worker happiness. It would also probably get rid of a lot of traffic congestion and pollution. Instead we could stagger the days which people work, say Tuesday to Saturday.
AMBER, aged 9: My school.
If it was abolished then I wouldn't have to go to it. My mum wants to abolish school holidays.
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