REPEAL THE 4200 NEW LAWS BROUGHT IN OVER THE LAST TEN YEARS

The Labour Government  brought in over 4200  new criminal offences during its rein.  That is  4200 new way of making us ‘the people’ criminals

The most dangerous and pernicious of Labours new laws which annihilate our civil liberties are:-

The Anti Terrorist Legislation 2000   and TheAnti-Terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001   and The Prevention of Terrorism Act 2005 which has been used to terrorize and subdue people who have no connection with terrorism whatsoever.  In one case the Anti Terrorism Act  was used  to arrest of Maureen Spalek  for “sending her child a birthday card”

The Proceeds of Crime act 2002 et seq which destroys the lives of business people if a client is less than honest by making them culpable for client’s dishonesty and allows police to seize anyone’s assets on mere suspicion that a crime may have been committed.   In one case allowed the seizure of thousands of documents on ‘arms to Iraq’ by the police preventing them from being submitted to the Iraq Inquiry.

Twenty more ludicrous activities outlawed by Labour

Nuclear Explosions(Prohibition and Inspections) Act 1998

Causing a nuclear explosion. 

Scallop Fishing Order2004

If a boat breaches the restrictions in articles 3, 4 or 5, the master, owner and charterer are each guilty of an offence.

Measuring Instruments(Automatic Rail-weighbridges) Regulations 2006

A person shall be guilty of an offence if he uses for trade an automatic rail-weighbridge to which there is affixed a disqualification sticker.

Scotland Act 1998(Border Rivers) Order 1999

Unauthorised fishing in the Lower Esk.

Apple and Pear Orchard Grubbing Up Regulations 1998

Any person who (a) intentionally obstructs an authorised person in the exercise of the powers conferred on him by regulation 10 above, or a person accompanying him and acting under his instructions or (b) without reasonable excuse, fails to comply with a requirement under regulation 10 above, shall be guilty of an offence.

Protection of Wrecks(RMS Titanic) Order 2003

A person shall not enter the hull of the Titanic without permission from the Secretary of State.

Merchant Shipping(Crew Accommodation) Regulations 1997

Failure to provide adequate facilities for crew members.

Transport Act2003

A person commits an offence if he provides air traffic services in respect of a managed area.

Polish Potatoes(Notification) (England) Order 2004

No person shall, in the course of business, import into England potatoes which he knows to be or has reasonable cause to suspect to be Polish potatoes.

Learning and Skills Act2000

Obstructing an inspection by the Adult Learning Inspectorate.

Care Standards Act2000

Obstructing the work of the Children's Commissioner for Wales.

Vehicles (Crime) Act2001

Knowingly etc selling plates which are not vehicle registration plates.

London Underground(East London Line Extension) (No 2) Order 2001

Any person who, without reasonable excuse, obstructs any person acting under the authority of the Company in setting out the lines of the scheduled works, or in constructing any authorised work or who interferes with, moves or removes any apparatus belonging to any such person shall be guilty of an offence.

Courts Act2003

Assaulting and obstructing court security officers.

Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act2005

Part seven of the Act created offences of failing to nominate a key-holder where an audible intruder alarm is present.

Merchant Shipping(Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2002

If any officer appointed in accordance with regulation 30(1) reports to the master or other officer in charge of the bridge a door to be closed and locked when it is not in fact closed and locked he shall be guilty of an offence.

Bus Lane Contraventions(Penalty Charges, Adjudication and Enforcement) (England) Regulations 2005

Failing without reasonable excuse to attend a hearing held by an adjudicator, or to produce any document to an adjudicator.

Vehicle Excise Duty(Immobilisation, Removal and Disposal of Vehicles) Regulations 1997

Failure to rigorously separate the accounts of ground-handling activities from the accounts of other activities in accordance with current commercial practice.

Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act2006

In relation to certain invasive non-native species such as the grey squirrel, ruddy duck or Japanese knotweed, selling any animal or plant, or eggs or seeds.

Why is this idea important?

The Labour Government  brought in over 4200  new criminal offences during its rein.  That is  4200 new way of making us ‘the people’ criminals

The most dangerous and pernicious of Labours new laws which annihilate our civil liberties are:-

The Anti Terrorist Legislation 2000   and TheAnti-Terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001   and The Prevention of Terrorism Act 2005 which has been used to terrorize and subdue people who have no connection with terrorism whatsoever.  In one case the Anti Terrorism Act  was used  to arrest of Maureen Spalek  for “sending her child a birthday card”

The Proceeds of Crime act 2002 et seq which destroys the lives of business people if a client is less than honest by making them culpable for client’s dishonesty and allows police to seize anyone’s assets on mere suspicion that a crime may have been committed.   In one case allowed the seizure of thousands of documents on ‘arms to Iraq’ by the police preventing them from being submitted to the Iraq Inquiry.

Twenty more ludicrous activities outlawed by Labour

Nuclear Explosions(Prohibition and Inspections) Act 1998

Causing a nuclear explosion. 

Scallop Fishing Order2004

If a boat breaches the restrictions in articles 3, 4 or 5, the master, owner and charterer are each guilty of an offence.

Measuring Instruments(Automatic Rail-weighbridges) Regulations 2006

A person shall be guilty of an offence if he uses for trade an automatic rail-weighbridge to which there is affixed a disqualification sticker.

Scotland Act 1998(Border Rivers) Order 1999

Unauthorised fishing in the Lower Esk.

Apple and Pear Orchard Grubbing Up Regulations 1998

Any person who (a) intentionally obstructs an authorised person in the exercise of the powers conferred on him by regulation 10 above, or a person accompanying him and acting under his instructions or (b) without reasonable excuse, fails to comply with a requirement under regulation 10 above, shall be guilty of an offence.

Protection of Wrecks(RMS Titanic) Order 2003

A person shall not enter the hull of the Titanic without permission from the Secretary of State.

Merchant Shipping(Crew Accommodation) Regulations 1997

Failure to provide adequate facilities for crew members.

Transport Act2003

A person commits an offence if he provides air traffic services in respect of a managed area.

Polish Potatoes(Notification) (England) Order 2004

No person shall, in the course of business, import into England potatoes which he knows to be or has reasonable cause to suspect to be Polish potatoes.

Learning and Skills Act2000

Obstructing an inspection by the Adult Learning Inspectorate.

Care Standards Act2000

Obstructing the work of the Children's Commissioner for Wales.

Vehicles (Crime) Act2001

Knowingly etc selling plates which are not vehicle registration plates.

London Underground(East London Line Extension) (No 2) Order 2001

Any person who, without reasonable excuse, obstructs any person acting under the authority of the Company in setting out the lines of the scheduled works, or in constructing any authorised work or who interferes with, moves or removes any apparatus belonging to any such person shall be guilty of an offence.

Courts Act2003

Assaulting and obstructing court security officers.

Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act2005

Part seven of the Act created offences of failing to nominate a key-holder where an audible intruder alarm is present.

Merchant Shipping(Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2002

If any officer appointed in accordance with regulation 30(1) reports to the master or other officer in charge of the bridge a door to be closed and locked when it is not in fact closed and locked he shall be guilty of an offence.

Bus Lane Contraventions(Penalty Charges, Adjudication and Enforcement) (England) Regulations 2005

Failing without reasonable excuse to attend a hearing held by an adjudicator, or to produce any document to an adjudicator.

Vehicle Excise Duty(Immobilisation, Removal and Disposal of Vehicles) Regulations 1997

Failure to rigorously separate the accounts of ground-handling activities from the accounts of other activities in accordance with current commercial practice.

Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act2006

In relation to certain invasive non-native species such as the grey squirrel, ruddy duck or Japanese knotweed, selling any animal or plant, or eggs or seeds.

Don’t Regulate Things That Don’t Need Regulating

Many recent laws have regulated things because they can be regulated, or because on MP has suffered a rush of blood to the head (perhaps after reading an inflamatory newspaper) and wants to control something. Resist the urge to control.

Ask does this NEED to regulated?

How much?

If the problem is rare, or the effect is minimal, or rule are easily circumvented, then don't regulate.

Which laws? Too many to list. Review all laws passed in the past 10 years and apply this principle. How did we manage without the law in the past.

Repeal, repeal, repeal.

Why is this idea important?

Many recent laws have regulated things because they can be regulated, or because on MP has suffered a rush of blood to the head (perhaps after reading an inflamatory newspaper) and wants to control something. Resist the urge to control.

Ask does this NEED to regulated?

How much?

If the problem is rare, or the effect is minimal, or rule are easily circumvented, then don't regulate.

Which laws? Too many to list. Review all laws passed in the past 10 years and apply this principle. How did we manage without the law in the past.

Repeal, repeal, repeal.

Get rid of laws/regulations that are never enforced

Pass a bill that requires the (non delegated) permission of the Attorney General to bring a prosecution under any law or regulation which has not seen a successful prosecution within say  the last 15 years.

This would save repealing old rubbish, the police / CPS would know how unlikely a prosecution was and so would only use these old laws if there was no other choice and by not delegating the power the number of frivolous requests would be kept down

 

 

 

 

Why is this idea important?

Pass a bill that requires the (non delegated) permission of the Attorney General to bring a prosecution under any law or regulation which has not seen a successful prosecution within say  the last 15 years.

This would save repealing old rubbish, the police / CPS would know how unlikely a prosecution was and so would only use these old laws if there was no other choice and by not delegating the power the number of frivolous requests would be kept down

 

 

 

 

Scrap ALL laws passed since 1960 that impose penalties

Too many laws passed in the last 50 years that are completely unnecessary !The UK was in many ways a better place before the swinging 60's.Acts of Paliament are passed couched in language that no ordinary person can understand by MPs,most of whom have never read them! They say ignorance of the law is no defence,yet the only way we know when a new law comes into operation is through the press or when someone is convicted !

Scrap all new laws passed in the last 50 years that penalize those who break them !What a change ther'd be ,what a breath of fresh air !

WE COULD ALL SHOUT JOYFULLY ,THE NANNY STATE IS DEAD !

Why is this idea important?

Too many laws passed in the last 50 years that are completely unnecessary !The UK was in many ways a better place before the swinging 60's.Acts of Paliament are passed couched in language that no ordinary person can understand by MPs,most of whom have never read them! They say ignorance of the law is no defence,yet the only way we know when a new law comes into operation is through the press or when someone is convicted !

Scrap all new laws passed in the last 50 years that penalize those who break them !What a change ther'd be ,what a breath of fresh air !

WE COULD ALL SHOUT JOYFULLY ,THE NANNY STATE IS DEAD !

Combine legislation and keep it wholly up to date

Example

Environmental legislation has appeared in dribs and drabs over many years. We end up with a system where there are various regulations some duplicating others and some causing overlaps, or conflicts.

Environmental legislation should all sit under one overarching Act rather like HASAWA.

Having said that, all legislation is very annoying. You cannot go to a regulation (unless it is the first issue) and get the whole set of requirements. You get the latest amendment which changes a word here, deletes a sentence there, adds a clause or two, and changes some but not all responsibilities, applicability, or definitions. 

To say the very least it is EXTREMELY unhelpful. You have to get the latest amendment, find the first issue, then the first amendment, second, third etc etc and try to piece together what the law actually requires you to do today.

Whilst it is certainly keeping a lot of legal beagles in a job, it doesn't help the people trying to make sure the law is complied with.

Fix this problem and it will really make a huge difference – please, please, please.

Why is this idea important?

Example

Environmental legislation has appeared in dribs and drabs over many years. We end up with a system where there are various regulations some duplicating others and some causing overlaps, or conflicts.

Environmental legislation should all sit under one overarching Act rather like HASAWA.

Having said that, all legislation is very annoying. You cannot go to a regulation (unless it is the first issue) and get the whole set of requirements. You get the latest amendment which changes a word here, deletes a sentence there, adds a clause or two, and changes some but not all responsibilities, applicability, or definitions. 

To say the very least it is EXTREMELY unhelpful. You have to get the latest amendment, find the first issue, then the first amendment, second, third etc etc and try to piece together what the law actually requires you to do today.

Whilst it is certainly keeping a lot of legal beagles in a job, it doesn't help the people trying to make sure the law is complied with.

Fix this problem and it will really make a huge difference – please, please, please.

Repeal All Laws That Have Not Been Activated More Than Once Since Their Introduction.

We should start to clean up the statute book by building down. This would require old laws or laws that have been enacted but not used, or have been misused in operation as with so-called terror laws introduced for "terror" offences and procedures, but subsequently used for other unrelated purposes.

There must bea mechanism for removal of thes laws in order to protect the innocent and to maintain the integrity of the legal system itself.

So laws must be checked and scrutinised for use and application, it it is found to be inneffective or misapplied it should be taken from the statute book and abolished.

Why is this idea important?

We should start to clean up the statute book by building down. This would require old laws or laws that have been enacted but not used, or have been misused in operation as with so-called terror laws introduced for "terror" offences and procedures, but subsequently used for other unrelated purposes.

There must bea mechanism for removal of thes laws in order to protect the innocent and to maintain the integrity of the legal system itself.

So laws must be checked and scrutinised for use and application, it it is found to be inneffective or misapplied it should be taken from the statute book and abolished.

GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO SPEAK OUT FOR THE RIGHT VALUES

Before making or abolishing laws, this needs to be based on something.  As a country we are in a mess because the wrong values have been followed.  We can get out of it by substituting the right ones.

When Maggie Thatcher spoke out for competition and the profit motive, greed became aceptable overnight.  And it ushered in an era of stress and unsustainability.

Government could reverse this by speaking out for ETHICAL STANDARDS, CO-OPERATION and MEANINGFUL CONTRIBUTION. Not everything of importance in life is about money. Doing qualitative work, for instance, and contributing to the community is rewarding in itself. People themselves are more important than money. A mutually supportive society would provide better inter-relationships and quality of life for all.

Further,PEOPLE ARE OUR BEST RESOURCE – not money or oil. It is people who have ideas,who create and who solve problems – and we have around 60 million of them in this country.

How many unemployed would like to contribute some piece of work/project but are hindered by bureaucracy and lack of official interest? How many on good pay might contribute some of their time without the pay dividend always attached if it became easy and normative to do so?

Why is this idea important?

Before making or abolishing laws, this needs to be based on something.  As a country we are in a mess because the wrong values have been followed.  We can get out of it by substituting the right ones.

When Maggie Thatcher spoke out for competition and the profit motive, greed became aceptable overnight.  And it ushered in an era of stress and unsustainability.

Government could reverse this by speaking out for ETHICAL STANDARDS, CO-OPERATION and MEANINGFUL CONTRIBUTION. Not everything of importance in life is about money. Doing qualitative work, for instance, and contributing to the community is rewarding in itself. People themselves are more important than money. A mutually supportive society would provide better inter-relationships and quality of life for all.

Further,PEOPLE ARE OUR BEST RESOURCE – not money or oil. It is people who have ideas,who create and who solve problems – and we have around 60 million of them in this country.

How many unemployed would like to contribute some piece of work/project but are hindered by bureaucracy and lack of official interest? How many on good pay might contribute some of their time without the pay dividend always attached if it became easy and normative to do so?

Add or amend laws

Whilst this forum at least give the public to voice concerns of unnecessary laws, a number of ideas seem to be about changing existing ones. Why don't you add another forum off the home page for suggestions about adding or amending existing laws.

If this is only for relealing laws, are any ideas put forward to add or amend existing ones going to be ignored?

Why is this idea important?

Whilst this forum at least give the public to voice concerns of unnecessary laws, a number of ideas seem to be about changing existing ones. Why don't you add another forum off the home page for suggestions about adding or amending existing laws.

If this is only for relealing laws, are any ideas put forward to add or amend existing ones going to be ignored?

Repeal all Misdemenour Laws & By-Laws with one simple category – “Don’t be a Prat”

I have to admit this is not my original idea but I can't recall where it came from.

Quite simply there are too many laws that in essence describe various degrees of Pratdom.

Repeal them all and put in one category – guilty of being a prat.

 

 

Why is this idea important?

I have to admit this is not my original idea but I can't recall where it came from.

Quite simply there are too many laws that in essence describe various degrees of Pratdom.

Repeal them all and put in one category – guilty of being a prat.

 

 

Codify the Criminal law

Our Criminal law has become an absolute mess, it is far too complex, fragmented and totally unitelligible to most. The proliferation of offences by the last government has not improved things at all. A modernisation and simplification would be a good way of saving money by making the law more transparant

Why is this idea important?

Our Criminal law has become an absolute mess, it is far too complex, fragmented and totally unitelligible to most. The proliferation of offences by the last government has not improved things at all. A modernisation and simplification would be a good way of saving money by making the law more transparant

Repression breeds irresponsibility and worse

Having lived in the UK for all my 57 years, it seems evident that the laws restricting personal behaviour DON'T WORK!  Never mind whether you agree with their intent, they DON'T WORK!  All they do is provide business for criminals, criminalise ordinary citizens and leave a trail of mayhem.  What am I talking about?  The deranged prohibitions on prostitution and 'drugs', of course.  Why don't we have a bit of faith in our collective maturity, and see whether, maybe, just maybe, less harm might arise by legalisation than currently arises through illegality? 

Why is this idea important?

Having lived in the UK for all my 57 years, it seems evident that the laws restricting personal behaviour DON'T WORK!  Never mind whether you agree with their intent, they DON'T WORK!  All they do is provide business for criminals, criminalise ordinary citizens and leave a trail of mayhem.  What am I talking about?  The deranged prohibitions on prostitution and 'drugs', of course.  Why don't we have a bit of faith in our collective maturity, and see whether, maybe, just maybe, less harm might arise by legalisation than currently arises through illegality?