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Abolish 1515 Sunday Archery Law

2 Comments 2nd July 2010

There is a law on the statute book, passed by King Henry VIII in 1515, to the effect that all able-bodied men must carry out archery practice on Sundays.

This sort of antiquated legislation may be good for a small laugh but it does convey the impression that Britain is stuck in the past.

There should be a complete clear-out of all this sort of redundant legislation.

Why does this matter?

By cutting through this ridiculous sort of legislative over-growth, we can start the process of rolling back the state and creating gaps where individual autonomy and independence can flourish, thus allowing all individuals to experience and to really feel the reality of much greater personal individual freedom and liberty.

Ineffectual and unenforceable laws bring the whole legal framework into disrepute.

Let's have necessary laws only on the statute book.  All the rest should go.

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2 Responses to Abolish 1515 Sunday Archery Law

  1. Luke Daniel says:

    This particular law has been repealed, if not by the Statute Law Revision Act 1863 then by the Betting and Gambling Act 1960. There’s still plenty of other laws about though and a Repeals Act is passed every few years to try to tidy things up.

  2. Alexander says:

    There’s nothing wrong with encouraging people to keep body and mind sharp. We may not fight with bows and arrows anymore, but it is no bad thing to stimulate all people to keep at their best in body and mind, in case of adversity. That antiquated laws are no longer enforced but not abolished expresses some deference to their wisdom. Perhaps there are some antiquated laws that don’t have much scope for modern interpretation and are damaging, but I don’t think sunday archery is one of them. It might not be necessary to enforce people by law to keep fighting fit, but it might be wise to encourage it.

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