Wednesday, March 15, 2006

The Totalitarian State Coming Soon Near Us

I missed this from the end of February. To be honest, there's such a constant stream of new legislation pouring from this Government that it is hard to keep up; yet it will soon stop mattering very much whether or not we keep our eye on the legislative situation if the proposed Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill is anything to go by. From The Times,

"The boring title of the Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill hides an astonishing proposal. It gives ministers power to alter any law passed by Parliament. The only limitations are that new crimes cannot be created if the penalty is greater than two years in prison and that it cannot increase taxation. But any other law can be changed, no matter how important. All ministers will have to do is propose an order, wait a few weeks and, voilĂ , the law is changed. "

That's it then. See you in prison, fellow HEors.

5 comments:

Daryl Cobranchi said...

Carlotta,

If worse comes to worst, you jsve friends in the US. We're at least a couple years behind y'all on the (evidently inexorable) slide into fascism/totalitarianism.

Carlotta said...

Thanks Daryl...yep, I reckon such a move would offer some respite. Will have to start thinking about what to do with this proto-zoo here though!

Tech said...

It's both interesting and terrifying to look at the Acts of Parliament that the government have refused to be made exempt from the powers of the proposed law:

Act of Settlement 1700
Anti-Terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001
Bail Act 1976
Bill of Rights 1688
Church of England Assembly (Powers) Act 1919
Church of Scotland Act 1921
Civil Contingencies Act 2004
Claim of Right 1689
Constitutional Reform Act 2005
Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994
European Communities Act 1972
Freedom of Information Act 2000
Government of Ireland Act 1920
Government of Wales Act 2006
Government of Wales Act 1998
Habeas Corpus Acts 1679 to 1862
House of Lords Act 1999
Human Rights Act 1998
Identity Cards Act 2006
Immigration Act 1971
Local Government Act 1972
Magna Carta 1215
Ministerial and Other Salaries Act 1975
Ministers of the Crown Act 1975
Northern Ireland Act 1947
Northern Ireland Act 1998
Official Secrets Acts 1911 to 1989
Parliament Acts 1911 and 1949
Parliamentary Constituencies Act 1986
Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984
Prevention of Terrorism Act 2005
Protestant Religion and Presbyterian Church Act 1706
Public Order Acts 1936 to 1986
Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000
Representation of the People Acts 1981 to 2002
Scotland Act 1998
Security Service Act 1989
Statute of Westminster 1931
Succession to the Crown Act 1707
Terrorism Act 2000
Terrorism Act 2006
Union with England Act 1707
Union with Scotland Act 1706
Welsh Church Disestablishment Act 1914

Really makes you wonder doesn't it?

Leo said...

Should I start packing already?

Anonymous said...

To what end, one can only wonder.

Blair... It's like the worst parts of Plato's Republic. I've a feeling when he does hand over the No 10 keys to Brown, it'll be because he's declared himself Philosopher King.

P