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Government's legislative hyper-activity must be stopped

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posted on Jan, 22 2009 @ 05:22 AM

From the former Lord Chief Justice, Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers, comes a long overdue blast of common sense over the Government’s legislative incontinence.

Lord Phillips said that the work of judges was becoming harder because of a 'ceaseless torrent of new legislation', much of which is hard to justify.

He gave as an example sexual offences which have been sub-divided into an 'astonishing' number of different offences, many of which have never been used to charge anyone.

His intervention is timely. It emerged recently that since Labour came to power in 1997, 3,600 new offences have been created by Parliament. Even more astonishing is the fact that of these, no fewer than 1,036 can result in the imposition of a prison sentence.

In other words, Labour has put a new imprisonable offence on the statute book on average every four days since it came to power.

What is the point of such legislative hyper-activity? Many of the measures are pettifogging in the extreme – covering such 'crimes' as offering for sale a game bird killed on a Sunday or Christmas Day, or disturbing a pack of eggs when instructed not to by an 'authorised officer'.


As the credit crunch bites harder, and we again bail out the banks, we start to see more of the effects of New Labour spending, and the makework needed to keep going the army of civil servants employed by labour as a blatant attempt to buy votes through secure jobs.

Lord Jones recently said that the civil service was immensely overstaffed, inefficient and wastefull, adding that the same work could be done by half the people, and that employees who weren't up to a particular job are routinely moved into "non posts"

Browns solution to this is to expand the civil service - in other words buy more votes for the election which will surely be looming soon.

This collossal waste of money shows where taxpayers money has been spent, with little or nothing to show for it except armies of "co-ordinators" and "out reach workers" with local authorities as guilty as the government in making up non jobs to fudge the employment figures.

Brown would do well to remember that the government works for the people, not the other way round.

But of course by this time, it's probably too late.

It is also going to be massively expensive for a likely incoming conservative government to cull the service - but this could be the way to cut taxes, reduce the deficit and perhaps provide stimulus to the ailing economy.

Labour pretty much bancrupted the country in the 70's - New Labour looks to have done the same with reckless fiscla policies.

Prudence my ass.

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