Simplify the Statute Law (including the Statutory Regulations that flow from it) and make it understandable, without paid legal help, by ordinary people with, say, a GCSE in English Language.  Enact  a constitutional right to this, so that judges can't frustrate it, minister's  and their advisers can't frustrate it, and most important of all local government officials can't frustrate it.

There will have to be exceptions in technical areas, I realise, but not for the things that regulate ordinary people's lives.

In order to facilitate this, I believe we need a Written Constitution.  It should not run to more than 20 sides of A4 paper with single-spaced 10 point text (see, you understood that!).

Why is this idea important?

Over many years, successive governments, have patched the Statute law with amending act after amending act.  It is not a trivial exercise even for a lawyer to find out what the statute actually is – and if we add in judicial precedent, nigh on impossible.  This is made even worse by the use of "Enabling Legislation", which seems to me to be just a grab for autocratic power on the part of ministers, and is shorthand at best for "We can't work out how to phrase this now, so we'll worry about it later when parliament isn't looking over our shoulder".   Ministers should not have autocratic power and, even worse, non-elected officials should not have the right to frame regulations.

And this is the main problem,  the power that electors think they have given to Parliament, parliament has given away to ministers and they in turn to petty unelected officials.  This leads to such anomalies as the use of Car Parking Regulations as a means to trap motorists into huge penalties rather than to allow the smooth flow of traffic, or the imposition of pettifogging, and incidentally extremely expensive,  regulation of home-owners wanting to add an electric socket in their own kitchen.

Another good example is the belief, very prevalent in the Police, that it's illegal for a member of the public to photograph them on duty.  It's a kind of reverse thinking, where the official, a police-person in this case, thinks that even if there isn't such a regulation, there damn well should be.  Whatever happened to "anything that isn't illegal is lawful"?

I believe it should be a fundamental constitutional right for a citizen to understand the regulations by which his liberties are constrained.  It's at least as important that those employed by us to exercise that constraint should understand the regulations.

We made a big fuss about ceding sovereignty to the continentals, well, I'm not happy about that either, but far far more important is to get the Statute Law back into a state where the ordinary Joe and Joanna can understand what they can and cannot do.

I'm sorry that I can't tell you to repeal the XYZ Act and everything will be fine.  It isn't like that, you need to get in there with the scythe, not the secateurs.  And somehow avoid cutting your own and my legs off while doing so.

This is why I think only a Written Constitution will do.  There are some good models about, the Treaty of Lisbon isn't one of them.

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