I’m sure a good number of you know about this already, but give the discussions of “V for Vendetta” recently, this is perhaps an appropriate time to flag this one up, just in case anyone has missed it:
The Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill.
This is a bill that will, broadly, allow ministers to change the law without requiring the changes to be ratified by parliament. Students of history may remember that similar laws were passed in Germany in the 1930s. Now, it’s only fair to point out that this bill has a number of curbs in place, like for example, ensuring that any term of imprisonment resulting from crimes arising such change not exceed 2 years.
Shall we just look at that again?
Under this bill, it would be possible for a minister of the crown to criminalise almost anything they felt like, provided the sentence wasn’t greater than two years.
Is there anyone here not boggling at that?
And it can get worse, but I won’t ask you to take my word for it.
Just go and read one MP’s view of the subject.
I cannot urge you strongly enough to stop by WriteToThem.com and ask your MP to vote against this bill.