Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill

If you have never read a draft law before, have a go at this one. Then tell me that something is not rotten in the State of New Labour Britain. This Bill, if enacted, will give Ministers power to make law, without reference to Parliament.

Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill

7 comments:

Bishop Hill said...

This looks pretty serious to me - can you give us the benefit of your legal mind though: does this mean that the government can amend any legislation subject only to the restrictions in sections 3 & 4?

Tom Paine said...

Exactly. Our Poodle Parliament is evidently not productive enough for the apparatchiks. Norman St John Stevas (as was) commented that Parliament is struggling to cope because of the poor quality of the draft legislation submitted to it which needs lots of revision even if the principle is acceptable. Presumably this is intended to cut out even stylistic criticism!

Paul said...

OK. I've read it and I'm no lawyer so I don't pretend to properly understand its implications. A couple of blood curdling hypothetical examples of how this legislation might be applied would be very much appreciated.

Tom Paine said...

Paul, the job has been done for me. Please check out my post today here

steven said...

should this get enacted unamended, then the difference between the executive and a dictator would then be what exactly

Tom Paine said...

...only, Steven, that the dictator would be elected once every five years (max). However, like some highly-powerful "democratic" Presidents in our world, he would have great opportunities to impede opposition. For that matter, Blair has recently floated a trial balloon about "postponing" local elections. If those, then why not national ones? Fear of terrorism has already justified much that many of us could never have imagined. There is no guarantee that New Labour has run out of imagination yet.

Murky said...

Linked to you today from

http://www.murky.org/archives/2006/02/letter_to_the_lords_regarding.html