The importance of the repeal of the Hunting Act 2004

My idea is that the Hunting Act 2004 must be repealed at the earliest opportunity.  There are many reasons to say this, but I feel particularly strongly about the following:-

  1. It is bad law and as such should not be allowed to continue in a free society
  2. There is no evidence that hunting with dogs is cruel
  3. At the end of the process the previous administration admitted that it had nothing to do with animal welfare but everything to do with class
  4. Hundreds of hours of parliamentary debate were taken over this subject but only tens of hours about the war in Iraq which made it a wicked, scandalous waste of time and money
  5. Minorities must be protected by law not attacked.
  6. The people who follow hunts should not be subjected to the unwanted attentions of so called hunt monitors.
  7. The police should not have their time wasted trying to uphold a law that is neither easy to interpret nor simple to enforce.

 

 

Why is this idea important?

My idea is that the Hunting Act 2004 must be repealed at the earliest opportunity.  There are many reasons to say this, but I feel particularly strongly about the following:-

  1. It is bad law and as such should not be allowed to continue in a free society
  2. There is no evidence that hunting with dogs is cruel
  3. At the end of the process the previous administration admitted that it had nothing to do with animal welfare but everything to do with class
  4. Hundreds of hours of parliamentary debate were taken over this subject but only tens of hours about the war in Iraq which made it a wicked, scandalous waste of time and money
  5. Minorities must be protected by law not attacked.
  6. The people who follow hunts should not be subjected to the unwanted attentions of so called hunt monitors.
  7. The police should not have their time wasted trying to uphold a law that is neither easy to interpret nor simple to enforce.

 

 

Remove disabilites suffered by Roman Catholics and Jews

Roman Catholic Relief Act 1829 and the Jews Relief Act 1858 make it an offence for Roman Catholics and Jews to advise Her Majesty on matters to do with ecclesiastical offices which is a disability not suffered by all other non Anglican religions.  We should either remove the disabilities or rewrite them in a way that includes all non-Anglicans.

Why is this idea important?

Roman Catholic Relief Act 1829 and the Jews Relief Act 1858 make it an offence for Roman Catholics and Jews to advise Her Majesty on matters to do with ecclesiastical offices which is a disability not suffered by all other non Anglican religions.  We should either remove the disabilities or rewrite them in a way that includes all non-Anglicans.

Implement new thresholds for making / repealing new laws

Set the threshold for making a new law at 75% of those eligible to vote, rather than a simple majority, as any new law should have at least the support of a sizeable majority of the law makers.

All new laws to have a sunset clause whereby they are either reaffirmed as necessary or they are automatically repealed.

Set the threshold for repealing existing laws at 25% of those eligible to vote, as if a quarter of the law makers think it is unworkable / impracticable etc, then it deserves to go.

The current proposal for one in one out also makes sense.

Why is this idea important?

Set the threshold for making a new law at 75% of those eligible to vote, rather than a simple majority, as any new law should have at least the support of a sizeable majority of the law makers.

All new laws to have a sunset clause whereby they are either reaffirmed as necessary or they are automatically repealed.

Set the threshold for repealing existing laws at 25% of those eligible to vote, as if a quarter of the law makers think it is unworkable / impracticable etc, then it deserves to go.

The current proposal for one in one out also makes sense.

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.

non serious criminal offences

All laws relating to non serious offences that cannot be policed should be scrapped. Laws that cannot be policed achieve nothing except to bring the law into disrepute. The law should deal with that which can be achieved not that which can't.

Why is this idea important?

All laws relating to non serious offences that cannot be policed should be scrapped. Laws that cannot be policed achieve nothing except to bring the law into disrepute. The law should deal with that which can be achieved not that which can't.

All Legislation to Have Expiry Date

All Legislation to have expiry dates. Legislation to be broken down into differnt types each with an apprpriate validity period.

Only exceptions Common Law and Written Constituttion approved and or amended by referendum on an all or nothing basis.

Why is this idea important?

All Legislation to have expiry dates. Legislation to be broken down into differnt types each with an apprpriate validity period.

Only exceptions Common Law and Written Constituttion approved and or amended by referendum on an all or nothing basis.

Repeal the State completely

Repeal the State, push it back so that it is tiny once again. allow the state to only do the things necessary to protect life & property. Here is the bottom line, government are crap at running things, they do not have owners & shareholders to answer to & be sacked by, without golden parachutes either. Sell off every single government department except for Defense & Foreign Office. Local communities can decide how to protect themselves, etc.

We would all be better off financially, just a minor levy for defense & foreign office. Health, welfare etc can be taken care of by charities, they are really good at it already. schools would be better off out of daft left or right educational policies, learn this learn that.

roads work well as toll roads, M6 is great! more of that please. There is no money, the cupboard is bare, we need to look after ourselves, come on Britian we can do this.

Why is this idea important?

Repeal the State, push it back so that it is tiny once again. allow the state to only do the things necessary to protect life & property. Here is the bottom line, government are crap at running things, they do not have owners & shareholders to answer to & be sacked by, without golden parachutes either. Sell off every single government department except for Defense & Foreign Office. Local communities can decide how to protect themselves, etc.

We would all be better off financially, just a minor levy for defense & foreign office. Health, welfare etc can be taken care of by charities, they are really good at it already. schools would be better off out of daft left or right educational policies, learn this learn that.

roads work well as toll roads, M6 is great! more of that please. There is no money, the cupboard is bare, we need to look after ourselves, come on Britian we can do this.

Repeal the Law’s featured in the “10 most Stupid British Law’s” vote

1. Its illegal to die in houses of Parliament

2. It is an act of treason to place a postage stamp bearing the British monarch upside-down

3. In Liverpool, it is illegal for a woman to be topless except as a clerk in a tropical fish store

4. Mince pies cannot be eaten on Christmas Day

5. In Scotland, if someone knocks on your door and requires the use of your toilet, you must let them enter

6. A pregnant woman can legally relieve herself anywhere she wants, including in a policeman’s helmet

7. The head of any dead whale found on the British coast automatically becomes the property of the king, and the tail of the queen

8. It is illegal to avoid telling the tax man anything you do not want him to know, but legal not to tell him information you do not mind him knowing

9. It is illegal to enter the Houses of Parliament in a suit of armor

10. In the city of York it is legal to murder a Scotsman within the ancient city walls, but only if he is carrying a bow and arrow

Why is this idea important?

1. Its illegal to die in houses of Parliament

2. It is an act of treason to place a postage stamp bearing the British monarch upside-down

3. In Liverpool, it is illegal for a woman to be topless except as a clerk in a tropical fish store

4. Mince pies cannot be eaten on Christmas Day

5. In Scotland, if someone knocks on your door and requires the use of your toilet, you must let them enter

6. A pregnant woman can legally relieve herself anywhere she wants, including in a policeman’s helmet

7. The head of any dead whale found on the British coast automatically becomes the property of the king, and the tail of the queen

8. It is illegal to avoid telling the tax man anything you do not want him to know, but legal not to tell him information you do not mind him knowing

9. It is illegal to enter the Houses of Parliament in a suit of armor

10. In the city of York it is legal to murder a Scotsman within the ancient city walls, but only if he is carrying a bow and arrow

Breastfeeding in public beyond 6 months

Hi  at the moment in England we don't have protection for breastfeeding a child beyond 6 months of age I am choosing to feed my daughter beyond that as I agree with experts that there are significant health benefits in doing so.  Unfortunately there are some sectors of society whose attitude is less than you would hope it would be and you do need legal protection to prevent harrassment or discrimination – what am are you meant to say to a 7 month old?  sorry you're too old to feed in public ?  the law I believe should be changed to reflect WHO recommendations and the law currently in scotland which offers protection up to 2 years.

Why is this idea important?

Hi  at the moment in England we don't have protection for breastfeeding a child beyond 6 months of age I am choosing to feed my daughter beyond that as I agree with experts that there are significant health benefits in doing so.  Unfortunately there are some sectors of society whose attitude is less than you would hope it would be and you do need legal protection to prevent harrassment or discrimination – what am are you meant to say to a 7 month old?  sorry you're too old to feed in public ?  the law I believe should be changed to reflect WHO recommendations and the law currently in scotland which offers protection up to 2 years.