I see that Nick Clegg, Deputy PM, is inviting the public to nominate unnecessary laws that they would like to see repealed.
Nanny has introduced the "Your Freedom" website, which allows people to propose ways to get rid of pointless regulation and unnecessary bureaucracy and reduce state intrusion into everyday life.
This is an initiative that is worth applauding.
However, be aware of the following:
1 It will only work if ministers are sincere in their stated desire to follow what people propose. Clearly proposals to abolish certain laws will receive much opposition from various vested interests (civil servants, certain ministers, single issue groups, knobheads etc). Ministers will need to overcome that opposition.
2 Allowing the "people to voice an opinion" must not be allowed in itself to become a distraction, or a side show to the underlying mission of repealing Nanny's laws.
3 The proposals need to identify the specific law, and reason for its repeal. Simply using the site to "mouth off" will not do anyone any favours (aside from those who want to obstruct the repeal process).
4 Sadly the British public have become so "Nannyfied" that there are proposals on the site (allegedly made by members of the public) for even more laws (eg hang drug dealers, more rules on placement of signs, national service etc). How worrying is that? Coming across as unhinged will merely play into the hands of those who want to obstruct the repeal process.
Please use the site sensibly, coherently and rationally; only then will there be a chance that Nanny's laws will be repealed.
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