Wednesday, 18 May 2011

We've got too many laws

I suspect I may have covered this before, but Ken Clarke getting himself all in tangle today over sexual assault versus rape kind of makes my point.  If the ones making the laws don't know what they are, what hope have the rest of us got?

My suggestion, for what it's worth, get each MP to state, in full, every law they can remember.  The laws that they can all remember, we take forward, everything else gets dropped.  If there are any left at this point, it shouldn't take too long to review them and re-write them in terms that real people can understand.  After that if you want a new law, then fine, but you kill an existing one off first.  On this basis we shouldn't have situations where somebody is ignorant of the law, because by now it's sufficiently simple for 600 odd MPs to understand after all.  Until that point, ignorance of the law should be a justifiable defence, I for one have no idea what most of the laws in this country are.

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