Friday, April 27, 2007

Ten years of legislative diarrhoea

It is no secret that the current Labour Government has legislative diarrhoea. With every new story that breaks the Government, in its obsession to control perception and be seen to be doing something, another piece of legislation of statutory requirement is written down in haste.

When history comes to judge this period by comparing the laws passed to how often they are actually used, we will undoubtedly find reams of laws, regulations and the like that are pointless words on paper.

We already have many hangovers from history where laws exist that have never been repealed even though they are no longer relevant (taxis requiring roof racks for hay springs to mind), and the Labour Party is adding to these as it spews out Act upon Act that is ill-thought, poorly worded, and often utterly wasteful.

In the last time years we have seen the addition of 29,848 pages of legislation and 74,748 pages of statutory instruments added to the ever growing state. How many of these will be looked back on with amusement by our descendants God only knows!

4 comments:

Colin Moore said...

No wonder it was getting expensive to print all these acts on vellum - just one of many time honoured traditions done away with by this government.

Anonymous said...

Too many lawyers in power in Parliament. Over many years of observation I have found that people with a legal training tend to prefer to make rules for dealing with a problem rather than actually dealing with it.

Colin Moore said...

Speaking as a law student & having spoken to a number of politicians it is clear that is it becoming ever more necessary to be a lawyer in order to understand the drivel coming out from the government

Hawthorne said...

Just look at the number of Criminal Justice Acts during Labour's Government. Under the Conservative it was roughly one every decade, under Labour it has been one a year, a touch excessive methinks. As for SOCA....no protesting in Parliament Square without permission........a bit of C U Next Tuesday's springs to mind (good old phonetics).