Repeal the cartel offence (s.180 Enterprise Act 2002)

UK competition law provides for heavy fines for companies found to have formed cartels to fix prices, boycott competitors or share out markets (Competition Act 1998).  Individuals involved can be disqualified as directors – ruining any business career. 

In addition, however, the Labout Government decided to make it a criminal offence, punishable by up to 5 years in prison, for individuals to be engaged in cartel behaviour.  The offence is prosecuted by the Office of Fair Trading or Serious Fraud Office.

There is a strong case for that offence to be repealed.

 

 

Why is this idea important?

UK competition law provides for heavy fines for companies found to have formed cartels to fix prices, boycott competitors or share out markets (Competition Act 1998).  Individuals involved can be disqualified as directors – ruining any business career. 

In addition, however, the Labout Government decided to make it a criminal offence, punishable by up to 5 years in prison, for individuals to be engaged in cartel behaviour.  The offence is prosecuted by the Office of Fair Trading or Serious Fraud Office.

There is a strong case for that offence to be repealed.

 

 

Do NOT decriminalize cannabis…

…LEGALIZE it.

It is important people undrestund the difference between legalizing and decriminalizing.

Legalization is the process of removing a legal prohibition against something which is currently not legal.

Legalization is a process often applied to what are regarded, by those working towards legalization, as victimless crimes, of which one example is the consumption of illegal drugs .

Legalization should be contrasted with decriminalization, which removes criminal charges from an action, but leaves intact associated laws and regulations.

Why is this idea important?

…LEGALIZE it.

It is important people undrestund the difference between legalizing and decriminalizing.

Legalization is the process of removing a legal prohibition against something which is currently not legal.

Legalization is a process often applied to what are regarded, by those working towards legalization, as victimless crimes, of which one example is the consumption of illegal drugs .

Legalization should be contrasted with decriminalization, which removes criminal charges from an action, but leaves intact associated laws and regulations.

Repeal Drugs Prohibition

The UK has long participated in the "Global War On Drugs". In spite of this, all research and anecdotal evidence suggests that the use of currently illegal drugs is increasing.

Arguements are made pertaining to the health and societal aspects of drug use being detrimental to the country. This is almost always overstated and often detracts from rational discussion on the subject.

What is proposed?

  • The prohibition of all drugs currently illegal to posses or use should end.
  • Those who wish to purchase previously illegal drugs should be able to obtain them from licenced and reputable vendors such as chemists.
  • Registration could be implemented in order to allow analysis of purchasing patterns to identify those who are potentially at risk from any proven health concerns.
  • VAT to be applied to these sales earning the government much needed revenue.
  • Quality control to be ensured by those licenced to manufacture and supply.

Why is this idea important?

The UK has long participated in the "Global War On Drugs". In spite of this, all research and anecdotal evidence suggests that the use of currently illegal drugs is increasing.

Arguements are made pertaining to the health and societal aspects of drug use being detrimental to the country. This is almost always overstated and often detracts from rational discussion on the subject.

What is proposed?

  • The prohibition of all drugs currently illegal to posses or use should end.
  • Those who wish to purchase previously illegal drugs should be able to obtain them from licenced and reputable vendors such as chemists.
  • Registration could be implemented in order to allow analysis of purchasing patterns to identify those who are potentially at risk from any proven health concerns.
  • VAT to be applied to these sales earning the government much needed revenue.
  • Quality control to be ensured by those licenced to manufacture and supply.