Repeal the samurai sword ban

The Criminal Justice Act 1988 (Offensive Weapons)(Amendment) Order 2008

This law made the import, sale and hire of any sword with a curved blade of 50 centimetres or over in length, unless antique or made in a traditional manner.  This was a knee-jerk response to the attack on Nigel Jones, MP, and the media coverage of the use of such weapons in other attacks.

The amendment to the law was unnecessary.  The perpetrators of these crimes could already be tried under existing laws for possession of an offensive weapon, assault, murder, etc.  The perpetrators of these crimes could have used an alternative weapon, had this ban already been in place.

Why is this idea important?

The Criminal Justice Act 1988 (Offensive Weapons)(Amendment) Order 2008

This law made the import, sale and hire of any sword with a curved blade of 50 centimetres or over in length, unless antique or made in a traditional manner.  This was a knee-jerk response to the attack on Nigel Jones, MP, and the media coverage of the use of such weapons in other attacks.

The amendment to the law was unnecessary.  The perpetrators of these crimes could already be tried under existing laws for possession of an offensive weapon, assault, murder, etc.  The perpetrators of these crimes could have used an alternative weapon, had this ban already been in place.

Family Law Reforms – Introducing Shared Parenting.

The Family Court System is a disgrace to our society.

Parents go to Family Courts to win and this causes unnecessary, adversarial action which can all too easily be avoided. No one benefits from this system. Not the parent who loses custody of their children, not the children themselves and not the parent who has won the custody battle.

The solution: It's easy. Treat both parents as equal. If parents knew that the Family Court System would only ever treat them as equal parents then they would have no choice but to come to an amicable agreement with the other parent.

Why is this idea important?

The Family Court System is a disgrace to our society.

Parents go to Family Courts to win and this causes unnecessary, adversarial action which can all too easily be avoided. No one benefits from this system. Not the parent who loses custody of their children, not the children themselves and not the parent who has won the custody battle.

The solution: It's easy. Treat both parents as equal. If parents knew that the Family Court System would only ever treat them as equal parents then they would have no choice but to come to an amicable agreement with the other parent.