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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Roll Back The Frontiers of The State

In December 2009 I wrote a number of articles about repealing the humongous number of laws made by Nanny.

Here is an extract from one of them:


Did you know that since coming to orifice in 1997 ZaNuLabour have, via its obsession with legislation, created new crimes at a rate of nearly one a day?

Hardly surprising that the police tend to appear heavy and handed and clueless, they simply can't keep up with the legislation and don't know how to interpret it.

Where were the Tories and "Liberal Democrats" during this period?

We have been let down big time by the "opposition".

Why have ZaNuLabour been allowed to get away with this?

You do realise folks that, as entertaining and cathartic as it may be to sit around saying 'isn't this awful?', unless we actually do something to reverse this trend we are up shit's creek without a paddle?

'What can we do?' I hear you cry...

1 Make a list of the laws that you want repealed....

In a later article, in December, I wrote this:

"I sent the following to David Cameron (copied to the Independent).

Politicians Have Failed The British People



Whilst my views, on their own, may not count for much; the fact that others agree with me (see the comments) ought to spur you to action, I hope, lest the "Repeal Party" actually takes physical form.

Kind regards

Ken Frost

Now, guess what?

Nick Clegg, known in Tory circles as "Number Two", is to call on the public to nominate laws that they think should be repealed.

Errmmm...could it be that someone somewhere may actually have woken up to the fact that we are fed up with the minutiae of our lives being controlled by the state?

As I asked for then, I ask again, please send in a list of the laws that you want repealed:

1 Stating, in a coherent well reasoned manner, why they should be repealed.

2 The exact legislation you are referring to, ie name and date of passing by parliament.

I am happy to collate a well documented list, coupled with a well reasoned case, and send to Clegg.

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  1. Lord of Atlantis12:22 PM

    What happens though, Ken, if the people select a law for repeal which Nick Clegg doesn't want to repeal, such as the Human Rights Act? In my opinion, this has been nothing short of a disaster for this country and should be repealed forthwith, as promised by David Cameron whilst Leader of the Opposition. However, not only is Nick Clegg reported as being very much for this piece of legislation, but it is also suggested that this issue may well be a major source of tension between the coalition partners.

  2. I think that you may end up with a very long list, but at the top of mine would be the rewording of the police caution.

    You do not have to say anything, but it may harm your defense if you do not mention when questioned something which you may later rely on in court. Anything you do say may be given in evidence

    The police, of course, are not the slightest bit concerned if you harm your defense or not, in fact, they would probably prefer if you did.

    The caution is worded to coax information from suspects who should be presumed innocent, and the police cannot anticipate how any court or jury might react to a suspect invoking their right not to answer questions.

    The caution is an entrapment for the ignorant, frightened, stupid and unwary, and in my mind, they are the very ones that need protection.

  3. Personally, I fear The Lord of Atlantis is correct; If Clegg doesn't want a law repealed, then it won't happen....Cameron gave way on far too much of our manifesto for him to be able to rock the boat now.

    I would like to see the Lisbon Treaty repealed which, I understand some backbenchers will effectively do, by forcing a debate and vote on some technical matters when the revised Treaty will need to be "re-rattified." The problem is that Clegg and Co want further integration into the EUSSR.

    I know my own MP, John Redwood was working on a repeal bill prior to the election....I don't know what has come of it.

    I feel it could be argued that ALL legislation introduced by Labour should be repealed and looked at again to see how much of it is really necessary.

    I won't hold my breath....This coalition and Cast Iron Dave's and the Harlot of Sheffield's behaviour post election day, has left me even more dissillusioned with politics in this country of ours. Going into partnership with the LibDems is like putting Myra Hindly in charge of the Child Safeguarding Authority.

  4. It's all looking good at the moment, isn't it? But why do I feel that we are being set up for a huge disappointment.

    I do hope they prove me wrong.

  5. Mr Potato Head1:06 PM

    Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000


    It is an intrusive act that allows the following powers (none of which should be possible in an open democracy):

    The right of public bodies to demand an ISP to release confidential information about its customers, with the customers knowing.
    Those same public bodies can also require an ISP to monitor its own customers behaviour.

    RIPA also forces individuals to hand over encryption keys. If the individual cannot hand over the keys, they are deemed to be hiding something illegal and can face lengthy prison sentences. No allowance is made for errors in memory.

    This last act is particularly pointless as the most determined lunatic can hide things in encrypted files that are invisible to anyone but their creator.


    RIPA is the Police State in all but name, it must go.

    Yes, crime can be committed via modern technology, but RIPA is not the right answer.

    It is particularly disturbing that a) large numbers of day-to-day public bodies can access private information as they please and b) of the many complaints made against public bodies using this private data, very, very few are upheld.

    Regulation of Investigatory Powers (RIP) Bill was introduced in the House of Commons on 9 February 2000 and completed its Parliamentary passage on 26 July.

    Following a public consultation and Parliamentary debate, however, Parliament approved new additions in December 2003, April 2005, July 2006 and February 2010.

  6. Mr Potato Head1:07 PM

    "The right of public bodies to demand an ISP to release confidential information about its customers, with the customers knowing."

    Obviously, that was meant to be "WITHOUT the customers knowing."


  7. Actually Ken, Carswell has already opened this up in a wiki, so have a look...

  8. Lord of Atlantis2:05 PM

    Tonk: I would very much like to see the Lisbon Treaty repealed too but, as Cameron (like Blair and Brown) has already welched on his promise to give us a referendum on the treaty, I shan't be holding my breath.

  9. Anonymous5:17 PM

    My prediction is that the process of nominating laws will be a complete dog's breakfast anyway, technology-wise. What are we going to get - something akin to the X-Factor??

    And have you ever read the text of an Act of Parliament? I challenge anyone without a law degree and several years of experience to even make head or tail of most primary legislation...

  10. Anonymous7:09 PM

    re your phrase "Stating, in a coherent well reasoned manner, why they should be repealed". People want to write in a coherent manner. However some of us have endured years of sophisticated harassment and smearing including meddling with mail, phone, computers, where we live, data about us etc in the UK and US by unknown sadists who get covered up. Some of us have even seen coherent comments mysteriously jumbled between pressing enter and display. Traumatisation as a result of sadistic illegal and unethical acts of others (including framing and threats of harm) leads also to typos. Yes, someetimes we look like idiots, but we know the effects of and the dangers of nanny-state laws better than many who have not endured them or been isolated. So Ken, thank you for this blog and when you see typos or incoherent comments, it may be that the author of the comment is traumatised or subject to unjust cyberwarfare which makes them look crazy or illiterate. Despots never change in their evil tactics.
    Please bear patiently with people like myself and thank you for your site.
    p.s. my Christian prayers are with any being picked on in this way. It is often those who try to live a quiet ethical life - whether Christian or not - who get targeted, or those who are vulnerable. Any laws which increase corruption or enable statist shenanigans results in wrong-doing and decreases the likelihood of people being foudn out who do bad stuff. However, even some sadists (or witnesses to their activities) may have a softening of consicence one day or make a mistake and indulge accidentally in a "stupid crooks mistake". While I choose (it is not easy) to work on forgiving the sadists who have traumatised me relentlessly, I am praying they will stop and do not wish to enable those who bring in or support unjust and unwise laws or diktats, including in the name of "good", which are ruinging both the UK and US and increasing corruption and suffering and ruining the rule of law and the ability of law-abiding citizens to put food on their tables and not be picked on. Also, if you don't rotect the rights of the "despised", then therest won't be protected eventually.
    Things like RIPA and ISA need to be greatly reduced lest evidence trails be trashed, harassment oand framing of indiviuals including based on hearsay and crime goes up. Any database can be hacked so putting data about all people together means that any corrupt or criminal (including white-collar) persons in the country and outside will do a lot of damage to real people who are worthy of protection. If the police forced everyone to remove their locks so they could check at any time if houses were broken into "to protect from criminals" few would support that policy, yet that is what is being done with databases in the UK and US. If policies and laws put indiviuals at risk of crime or injustice, they also put the country at risk for those who might not care abnout people.
    I hope that all laws and policies which harm will be removed or amendment, though with forethought.
    p.s. thank you for your blog again.

  11. Anonymous9:00 PM

    Tonk said
    "Going into partnership with the LibDems is like putting Myra Hindly in charge of the Child Safeguarding Authority."

    At the risk of digression, I'm just wondering aloud if Myra Hindley in charge of the CSA could be any worse than Labour making Margaret Hodge, friend and protector of paedophiles, its Minister for Children. Ick.

  12. Ken,

    I'm neither a citizen nor a resident of the UK, but as you know, that's never stoped me from bloviating on your website before. Anyway, at the risk of redundancy, I will reiterate my comment from your former post on this topic: new laws, government agencies and bureaucratic initiatives should come up for mandatory legislative review, debate, and re-vote every five to ten years.

    As things stand, once the government creates a new law or agency, it's with us forever, even if rational analysis indicates that it's wholly ineffectual and an utter waste of funds. Even if it's demonstrated to be counter-productive and a detriment to the interests of the general populace, you can't dislodge these otherwise incompetent functionaries with their reams of regulations.

    In any event, the thing that will ultimately stay Nanny's hand will probably be the global economic collapse that we are currently undergoing. Nanny's lines of credit are in jeopardy at the moment, and this may entail some sort of scale- back, much to the chagrin of the political class. Unfortunately, if history is any guide, even as Nanny's funds diminish she may - jiu jitsu like - make use of this crisis to accelerate her totalitarian ambitions. All for our own good, of course.

  13. smithy9:55 AM

    I would like to see the repeal of the law, unwritten I believe, which states that HM Immigration officers must be so officious, stony-faced, charmless, aloof and unwelcoming to holiday makers at regional airports returning to their beloved home country.

  14. Anonymous1:19 PM

    Please see

    Ken, it might be something you could attend.

    Regards, Peter