I’m feeling sorry for Nick Clegg.
Pity the poor Younger Twin. It was a good idea, that Your Freedom website, even if it did go tits up almost immediately because it couldn’t cope with the traffic. But it’s real problem is that it relies on a democratic process where anyone can chuck in whatever thoughts are fizzing around their brain as a serious suggestion. In turn this means that there have been suggestions for the repeal of laws that don’t actually exist, suggestions that are totally irrelevant and suggestions for new laws to be brought in instead of existing ones to be repealed, and more often than not these tend towards the illiberal. I read through a few and just shook my head with despair.
Under the section ‘Restoring Civil Liberties’ (and these are all copied and pasted with absolutely no adjustment on my part, just some bracketed comments here and there) we have such gems as:
- “Magic Eye” PIR switches to turn off escalators when no-one is using them!
- Restriction on sale of tobacco and alcohol products only to non-welfare recipients
- we should change the silly rule in some leisure centres in this country alone that doesnt allow you to take a photograph of your own child when they go for a swim.
- Restore Christmas Decorations
- ban ratzinger
- Support Hollobone’s fight to ban Burkas’ in public places.
- Make it law that labour can NEVER take office in Britain EVER again!!!!!!
- Abolish height barriers to car parks
- Abortion is an international disgrace which must come to an end.
- No one person should be allowed to own more than two residential properties.
Under the section ‘Repealing Unneccesary Laws’:
- Re-nationalise the Railways
- repeal the Abortion act (again – AE)
- Introduce Caning for Minor Offences and Anti-Social Behaviour
- Raise the drinking age to 21
- Bring back Hard Labour for Prison Inmates
- Tax Caravans
- STRICT DOG LAWS NEEDED NOW
- Capital punishment (he wants to bring it back, natch – AE)
- Death Penalty (ditto)
Under the section ‘Cutting business and third sector regulations’:
- Bring Life back to the High Street and Local Store (by capping numbers of out of town shopping centres, free High St parking etc – AE)
- Death Pentalty (another one, but unusually this one seems to think it would help businesses – AE)
- Automatic Copyright for 3D Products, Inventions etc. like Books etc. Patents cost too much (fucking cheapskate – AE)
- Ban sub-contracting
- Scrap RIPA’s (not clear if this is something about the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act in the wrong place or what – AE)
- Creating high streets for communities (by doing what exactly – AE)
- Cut leisure facilities in prisons
- Force supermarkets to charge for their car parks to help support high street shopping
I’m not saying it’s all bad or even that I disagree with all of the above. Far from it, there are some great suggestions about liberalising gun ownership, scrapping the ridiculous and hopeless prohibition of drugs, repealing the smoking ban and so on, none of which is at all likely to happen and has attracted the all too predictable comments from hoplophobes, busybodies and anti-smoking zealots respectively. There are even some well intentioned ideas up there, though usually with no clear idea what piece of law that want repealed and/or stuffed in a section where it makes no sense and is going to get moderated out. But reading an awful lot of it is like being inside Paul Dacre’s head. It says Freedom, right? It asks for laws to be scrapped and how civil liberties can be improved, and what happens? Along come thousands of fucknuts with lists of the things they want other people banned from doing. You could almost think that people tend to be narrow minded, prissy, bigoted nimbys or something. So you see, Cleggy, your idea for a democratic style approach to increasing liberty was nice, but flawed. Democracy really is the worst system apart from all the others. At worst the tyranny of the majority and at best a genteel form of mob rule.
If you’re really serious, Nick, I suggest you tear down the law. Seriously, scrap every last law, rule, statute and regulation, the whole fucking lot to cease effect at, say, one second before midnight on a given day. And start again from scratch from 00:00 with the Zero Aggression Principle at it’s heart. You ought to be able to get all the law an ordinary citizen will ever need to know on the back of a fag packet. The only question is whether you, Dave and your respective parties have the balls to do it.
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