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The Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill

Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
I'm just going to give the links...I'm finding it hard enough to comment without a string of expletives coming out too...

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,21129-2040625,00.html

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,59-2042165,00.html

http://www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/regulation/bill/index.asp

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/4683726.stm

http://www.cbi.org.uk/ndbs/press.nsf/0/47955ba090fb200d8025710d00513728?OpenDocument

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2006/02/09/nlaw09.xml&sSheet=/news/2006/02/09/ixhome.html

http://www.guardian.co.uk/Columnists/Column/0,,1709926,00.html
Now I know what I am about to tell you is difficult to believe (Why isn’t this on the front pages? Where’s the big political row?) but I promise you that it is true. The extraordinary Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill, currently before the House, gives ministers power to amend, repeal or replace any legislation simply by making an order and without having to bring a Bill before Parliament.The House of Lords Constitution Committee says the Bill is “of first-class constitutional significance” and fears that it could “markedly alter the respective and long standing roles of minister and Parliament in the legislative process”.

There are a few restrictions — orders can’t be used to introduce new taxes, for instance — but most of the limitations on their use are fuzzy and subjective. One of the “safeguards” in the Bill is that an order can impose a burden only “proportionate to the benefit expected to be gained”. And who gets to judge whether it is proportionate? Why, the minister of course. The early signs are not good. Having undertaken initially not to use orders for controversial laws, the Government has already started talking about abstaining from their use when the matter at hand is “highly” controversial.
It will become possible for the government, by ministerial order, without a debate in parliament, to create new criminal offences, punishable with less than two years imprisonment. It could also, according to Cambridge law professor John Spencer (who is not alone in his analysis), introduce house-arrest, give the police stronger powers of arrest and interrogation, set up new courts, and in effect re-write the rules on immigration, nationality, divorce, inheritance and the appointment of judges.

Comments

  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    There seems to be law after law in this country which are truely frightening and the general public has no interest.

    Democracy truely is dead here, if it were ever really functioning.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Why indeed is this not headline news, shame on the media........

    New Labour must be voted out at the next elections, i would rather have Tories god help us.........
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Toadborg wrote:
    Why indeed is this not headline news, shame on the media........

    New Labour must be voted out at the next elections, i would rather have Tories god help us.........



    i know, slightly bad economic policy is like short term compared to removing rights


    hundreds of years to get rights, only a few years to lose them :(


    i'm looking at countries to move to already btw
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    New Labour must be voted out at the next elections, i would rather have Tories god help us.........

    What vote? We won't be getting one at this rate. :no:
    i'm looking at countries to move to already btw

    Forget it mate, all the traditionally "free" countries are off down jackboot ally at the moment.

    Scary, scary shit is just around the corner. :nervous:
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Thats the sound of Doom in the air alright....even though I plan to get out, I may stick around for a few more years just because of this...Man the possibilities for fucking around with the Government are near limitless if this passes. The Discordian in me is telling me to confuse and mess with the bastards no end, while the Subgenius is hollering about smashing the CoN...oh yes, this could be fun indeed, so long as the people willing to fuck around with it have places to run. Too bad for those of you who don't, but its understandable if you dont want to join in...
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