Thursday, February 23, 2006

Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill

If you haven’t done so already, get along to Right Links and gen up on the Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill which, if passed, will give ministers the power to bypass Parliament.

Here a couple of points to consider -
"Legislation will be introduced to streamline regulatory structures and make it simpler to remove outdated or unnecessary legislation" (Queen's Speech May 17 2005, proposing the Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill.)

"necessary… (for) the principles of common sense in the organization and conduct of business". (Adolf Hitler during the debate on the Enabling Act which gave him dictatorial powers, March 23 1933.)

"Ministers have denied fears measures intended to cut red tape could give them wide-ranging powers to change laws without needing Parliament's approval." (BBC report on the Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill.)

"The government will make use of these powers only insofar as they are essential for carrying out vitally necessary measures." (Adolf Hitler during the debate on the Enabling Act, March 23 1933.)

Nothing to worry about. Move along now.

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