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Quirky money laws should be repealed

Comment 9th July 2010

Remove all of the out-of-date money laws like the ones I just read in an article on . Apparently Scotland and Northern Ireland don't have their own legal tender – even though they have their own bank notes. How does this work?!

The article, titled Archaic laws targeted by freedom bill also talks about how it is illegal to impersonate a Chelsea pensioner because former soldiers used to receive their pensions from the Royal Hospital Chelsea until 1955. This law is now 55 years out-of-date and will unlikely be needed any time soon. The article also mentions a couple of other laws that have supassed their use-by-dates.

Why does this matter?

Money laws are complicated enough and UK consumers don't need all of the old confusing ones making things even more complicated.

As a conscientious UK citizen who likes to abide by all law, I would definitely think twice before committing any of these 'quirky' offences because I could still technically get charged for breaking the law – this is something we shouldn't have to worry about.

It also really undermines the rest of the law if you can commit these quirky offences and not get punished (even those it is technically against the law) so why should it make people believe in other laws if the state isn't consistent and simply chooses which laws to enforce and which ones not to!

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