Wednesday, February 22, 2006

FLAMING, PISSING, BLOODY SHIT ON A STICK IN HELL

Dear Mr. Grieve,

Re. the Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill

I urge you to ensure that this bill is not passed. The frankly astounding and disgusting powers that this legislation would allow threaten the very existence of democracy in the UK.

Permitting the government to alter the terms of any law after passing and without vote, no matter what qualifications are applied to these powers, is a repugnant betrayal of the due process of democracy.

In the name of sanity, I feel I must insist that you continue to do all within your power as a Member of Parliament to stop this immoral madness.

Yours &c.


(SXV to Dominic Grieve, MP (Con) for Beaconsfield)


Dear Mr. Goodman,

Re. the Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill

In the name of sanity in general, and continued democracy within this country in particular, I urge you to do everything within your power as a Member of Parliament to oppose this repulsive and dangerous Bill. This is a matter of the greatest urgency, upon which the Government must be challenged for its immoral and anti-democratic actions.

Yours &c.


(WSB to Paul Goodman, MP (Con) for Wycombe)


Confused? I refer you to the Abolition of Parliament Bill. Remain calm. Go here. NOW PANIC. 100% negatives from Lib Dem and Con seats is to be expected - but 100% AFFIRMATIVES FROM LABOUR SEATS IS NOT. Not ONE fucking rebel. If the PLP falls in line, this bill WILL be passed, the opposition be damned, sanity be damned, democracy be damned, and we'll all be damned.

Be prepared to descend on London and become EXTREMELY agitated if this bill is passed. Until then, write to your MP.


/SXV


Edit: A response from Dominic Grieve, MP

Dear Mr [SXV],

Thank you for your email of 22 February concerning the Government's Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill. I read with interest the points that you made.

Firstly, let me say that I fully support the aspiration to reduce the amount of regulation, red tape and bureaucracy in this country. Independent studies have shown that the UK's economic competitiveness has slipped in comparison to other countries, and that one of the key reasons for this is that we have become over-regulated over recent years. The British Chambers of Commerce has estimated the cost of new regulations introduced on business since 1997 is now approaching £40 billion. This is a heavy burden for British business to bear, and I firmly believe that this trend must be reversed.

I am not convinced, however, that the Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill is currently the best way to achieve genuine deregulation in this country. I accept that the Bill could provide genuine benefits for business, but believe that crucial changes must be made to the Bill before it can become law.

I am particularly concerned at the potential for Parliament to be by-passed by the order-making powers contained in Part 1 of the Bill. These powers are extremely constitutionally significant. There is a precedent for governments possessing the power to relieve burdens without full Parliamentary approval, but the Bill extends the powers available to Ministers while relaxing the constraints of Parliamentary scrutiny.

The Bill does not actually mention deregulation, so it is perfectly possible that the powers could be used to introduce new legislation and regulation, rather than to relieve burdens. It is imperative that the circumstances in which these powers can be used are limited and clearly set out in the Bill.

I would like to assure you that Oliver Heald MP, the Shadow Constitutional Affairs Secretary, and I, will be working hard to ensure that the proper safeguards are built into the Bill and that Parliament is not sidelined.

Thank you for taking the time to write to me on this important issue.

With best wishes,

Yours sincerely,

Dominic Grieve MP



Edit: our attention has also been drawn to this excellent site, which contains thirteen very important questions to put to your MPs. I urge you to read them, and include some or all in letters to your representatives.

3 Comments:

At 1:18 am, Blogger Talyn said...

Dear Paul Goodman,

It has come to my attention that a certain stealthy bill is about to
creep up and the powers granted by this bill are, frankly, terrifying.
The Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill would appear to grant the
power to create and change laws on a whim with as little debate as
possible. The Bill could even be used to change the fine print in
itself to be exploited further. I would urge you to do all in your
power to prevent this bill coming to pass as, even if the people to
whom it grants power now may be respectable and trustworthy, their
replacements may not be so trustworthy.
Thankyou for your time,

Yours sincerely,

Talyn

 
At 7:38 am, Blogger Serf said...

We have put together a list of 13 questions to ask MPs about the bill. Feel free to use them.

http://rightlinks.co.uk/linked/modules/AMS/index.php

 
At 3:41 pm, Blogger Sable X. Veins said...

Luckily, this is only first reading, which doesn't mean a great deal in parliamentary terms.

Also, there is little chance this bill would pass the Lords in its current state.

However, it must still be stamped on immediately.

 

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