Kudos to Lord Judge (yes, that really is his name!), the Lord Chief Justice, who has issued a very prescient warning during his annual address to the judiciary at Mansion House on Tuesday about the "Henry VII" clauses tagged into our legal framework by the previous government.
Off topic: Having scan read some of Lord Mandy's "kiss and tell" extracts of life in government it seems that we were "governed" (if that is really the word for it) during the years of ZaNuLabour by a bunch of unstable, paranoid, bullying hysterics. Quite how they found the time, in between their personal vendettas, to make the mess of this country that they did is beyond me.
Anyhoo, Lord Judge is scathing over the widespread use of Henry VIII clauses. This is where provisions are added in to legislation that enables a Government to repeal or amend laws after they have been passed.
He said he was "astonished" to find there were 120 such clauses in one parliamentary session alone. He noted that the proposals by the coalition for the "Great Repeal Act" provided an excellent opportunity to do away with these clauses.
By the way folks did I not propose on this site, way before the election, that a Repeal Party be formed in order to rid ourselves of all the crap that ZaNuLabour had created?
Could it be that someone in our new government is actually reading this site?
Lord Judge also went on to condemn councils for their overzealous use of surveillance laws, and their ability to enter people's homes without a warrant.
Good for Lord Judge!
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