Stop the Abortion Inequality in the UK

Abortion continues to be illegal in Northern Ireland, despite being a part of the UK. This leads to unnecessary trauma to women (not to mention expense) forced to travel to the mainland for abortions. It's a disgrace that the UK Government is quite happy to restrict the rights of women in this part of the UK. 

Why is this idea important?

Abortion continues to be illegal in Northern Ireland, despite being a part of the UK. This leads to unnecessary trauma to women (not to mention expense) forced to travel to the mainland for abortions. It's a disgrace that the UK Government is quite happy to restrict the rights of women in this part of the UK. 

Repeal s57 of the Finance Act 2010 which allows opening of postal mail without a warrant

A powerful change to the law was made in the rush to pass the Finance Bill at the fag-end of the last parliament.  Section 57 of the Finance Act 2010 amends the Postal Services Act 2000 to allow post to be opened without a warrant and without the presence of the recipient.

To hide such a wide-ranging change to the law in the budget and to rush through parliament during the wash-up I see is itself an affront to our parliamentary democracy.

Furthermore such intrusive surveillance powers should, if a law is absolutely necessary, be limited by the same approval process for telephone surveillance and interception of other communications such as email.
 

Why is this idea important?

A powerful change to the law was made in the rush to pass the Finance Bill at the fag-end of the last parliament.  Section 57 of the Finance Act 2010 amends the Postal Services Act 2000 to allow post to be opened without a warrant and without the presence of the recipient.

To hide such a wide-ranging change to the law in the budget and to rush through parliament during the wash-up I see is itself an affront to our parliamentary democracy.

Furthermore such intrusive surveillance powers should, if a law is absolutely necessary, be limited by the same approval process for telephone surveillance and interception of other communications such as email.
 

Defamation and Personal Injury laws

I hope the Government will act swiftly to amend defamation laws.  

I hope also that the Government will repeal legislation which makes possible claims for personal injury compensation.

Why is this idea important?

I hope the Government will act swiftly to amend defamation laws.  

I hope also that the Government will repeal legislation which makes possible claims for personal injury compensation.

Abolish legislation that ministers have branded as “trivial” or “petty”

Recently a number of ministers (from both this and the previous government) have "advised" enforcement bodies to take a light approach, or a common sense approach to certain legislation, or even to ignore it altogether.  If this legisaltion is trivial or petty, then it should be removed.

It's not for enforcement bodies to decide what legislation is worthwhile, and what isn't; that's what we pay politicians for.  So if health and safety legislation is petty, get rid of it, and leave the non-petty regulation in place; then support enforcement authorities, when they enforce it.

If weights and measures legislation is draconian and petty, get rid of it.  Allow sellers to use whatever units they like – the pound, the drachm, the bowl, the handful, but don't leave it on the statute books, then demonise officers for caring about compliance with the law.

 

Clear out the dross, so that everyone knows that the law, is the law.

Why is this idea important?

Recently a number of ministers (from both this and the previous government) have "advised" enforcement bodies to take a light approach, or a common sense approach to certain legislation, or even to ignore it altogether.  If this legisaltion is trivial or petty, then it should be removed.

It's not for enforcement bodies to decide what legislation is worthwhile, and what isn't; that's what we pay politicians for.  So if health and safety legislation is petty, get rid of it, and leave the non-petty regulation in place; then support enforcement authorities, when they enforce it.

If weights and measures legislation is draconian and petty, get rid of it.  Allow sellers to use whatever units they like – the pound, the drachm, the bowl, the handful, but don't leave it on the statute books, then demonise officers for caring about compliance with the law.

 

Clear out the dross, so that everyone knows that the law, is the law.

Reform of Non Fatal Offences, Offences Against the Person Act 1861

Dear Nick Clegg and other members of the Government,

I understand that this part of the site has the aim of repealing unnecessary laws; however, in this case I would like to suggest you reform a Law. The Offences Against the Person Act 1861 (OAPA 1861) is now 149 years old. The non Fatal offences contained within it use archaic language and words of which modern understanding of them has changed since it was passed, such as the words of Assault and Battery.

The Law Commission produced a report in 1993 to advise them to reform this Law and the report included proposals for reform.

Again, in 1998 the Home Office produced a report on the OAPA 1861 and drew similar conclusions to those found by the Law Commission in 1993. A draft bill was produced also in 1998 but has never gone through Parliament.

OAPA 1861 has been criticised by many times both by academics and members of the Judiciary.

Jack Straw the former Justice Minister and Lord Chancellor described the act as "Outmoded and unclear Victorian legislation."

Also, Lord Ackner in the case of Savage(1991) described OAPA 1861 as a "'rag-bag' of offences"

Why is this idea important?

Dear Nick Clegg and other members of the Government,

I understand that this part of the site has the aim of repealing unnecessary laws; however, in this case I would like to suggest you reform a Law. The Offences Against the Person Act 1861 (OAPA 1861) is now 149 years old. The non Fatal offences contained within it use archaic language and words of which modern understanding of them has changed since it was passed, such as the words of Assault and Battery.

The Law Commission produced a report in 1993 to advise them to reform this Law and the report included proposals for reform.

Again, in 1998 the Home Office produced a report on the OAPA 1861 and drew similar conclusions to those found by the Law Commission in 1993. A draft bill was produced also in 1998 but has never gone through Parliament.

OAPA 1861 has been criticised by many times both by academics and members of the Judiciary.

Jack Straw the former Justice Minister and Lord Chancellor described the act as "Outmoded and unclear Victorian legislation."

Also, Lord Ackner in the case of Savage(1991) described OAPA 1861 as a "'rag-bag' of offences"