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What laws would you change?

06:43 UK time, Thursday, 1 July 2010

Nick Clegg is to ask the public to nominate laws and regulations they would like to see abolished. What laws would you change?

The deputy prime minister is launching a Your Freedom website, in which people will be able to propose ways to reduce bureaucracy, make the running of their business simpler and suggest which offences should be removed or changed.

He will say these suggestions will be taken into account when the Freedom Bill is published in the autumn.

What laws would you change and why? How important is it for governments to consult the public in these matters? Can this intiative reduce bureaucracy?

This debate has now closed. Thank you for your comments.

Comments

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  • Comment number 1.

    Prison meant to be for punishment, but the so called Human Rightists plead for mercy to those who already voileted others rights and social harmony by committing crime. In this country prison is like a hotel or lodge on holidays, you will never ever bring prisoners number down unless you make it the place no one wants to go.
    Rehab should be for those who regret what they did and genuinely seeking modifications in their life.Rehab never works for serial criminals.
    I have heard by many that going to prison gives them some sort of peace of mind and better life.Is the government serious?

  • Comment number 2.

    My proposal would be for a new law. It would be illegal for a newspaper to publish "information" that they knew to be false; just as one can sue for libel if they falsely malign an individual, this should be extended and made a criminal offence when a paper invents, or, beyond reasonable doubt, twists, misquotes etc. So that the Sun and Hillsborough, for example, would have led to that paper's prosecution. And inventing interviews (a rather frequent occurence) and quotes would be illegal. Draconian? Surely the press are all in favour of the truth? And we know, because they tell us so often, how they are in favour of strong, effective pubishment. Weed out the rotten apples! Name and shame them, publish their addresses! Harass their families and friends! Lock up the editors and throw away the key! You know it makes sense.

  • Comment number 3.

    How about get rid of all laws and let people use common sense instead.

  • Comment number 4.

    Let us abolish our 'representive democracy' model and the politicians that represent us and move to self-regulation - that would clearly work as we know it did with self regulation regarding the financial sector...I always understood that we elected a Parliament to make these decisions..or did I miss something?

  • Comment number 5.

    I would like to see the laws that allow any UK government to withhold information "in the public interest" abolished. It is not for a government to decide what is in the interest of the populus. Maybe then we would get the truth about the death of Doctor Kelly.

  • Comment number 6.

    So where is this web-site? News of the launch of a web-site to enable people to say what laws they want to get rid of all over today's news media. Just try finding it.
    If I ever do find it I would put the total repeal of RIPA at the top and replace it with a Bill that restricts such as was in that Act to National Security and Prevention Of Terrrorism ONLY.

    No. 2. ABOLISH ALL QUANGO's

    No. 3. Repeal Human Rights Act

    Introduce a new law to make our own" Domestic Laws", Supreme

  • Comment number 7.

    I'd like Nick Clegg to address a couple of things; firstly decriminalise most prostitution. Allow licensed, regulated premises to operate a service. This would remove much of the incentive for the current sex-worker slave trade. It would provide prostitutes and their clients with a measure of protection and, since the whole service would be legal, it would provide revenue in the form of taxes.

    Secondly review the current drug/alcohol laws. The statistics relating to crime consistently show that a significant proportion of crime (and revolving door re-offending) are fuelled by drink and/or drugs. Rather than locking up offenders divert some of the money to rehabilitation. In order to do this we need to look at decriminalising the use of drugs so that addicts can look for help without fear of prosecution. The majority of addicts/alcoholics want to turn their lives around. So putting the emphasis on rehab rather than incarceration would help. For those people who'll say this is "bleeding heart liberalism" it isn't. It's far harder for an addict to turn their back on drugs/alcohol than to take the easy way out and let society lock them up, house and feed them.

  • Comment number 8.

    I would make being nude in public legal.

  • Comment number 9.

    It's not necessarily the law that needs to change as much as the way it is administered. The current system sees twelve ordinary members of the public called for jury service sitting for days listening to legal arguments that they cannot possibly understand and then deciding guilt or innocence based on no legal experience at all. Once they have, in their total ignorance decided the offender is guilty the burden then moves to a judge, a person who, generally has no experience of what normal life is all about deciding what would be a suitable punishment. No wonder there are so many miscarriages of justice.
    I would reverse the whole scenario so that it would be up to the judge, or a panel of judges to listen to the evidence and the legal argument and, using their thorough understanding of the law decide whether the suspect is guilty or not. I would then have the jury of twelve ordinary members of the public brought in and briefed as to the facts of the case and advised what the possible range of penalties are for the offence and let them decide the outcome.

  • Comment number 10.

    I would like to see the Human Rights Act re-draughted and renamed the Human Responsibilities and Rights Act. The emphasis should be on what your responsibilities are that, once met, entitle you to your rights. Without meeting your responsibilities you cannot expect to have your rights. Far too many people "know their rights" very few understand their responsibilities, that is a failing of the current legislation and needs to be addressed.

  • Comment number 11.

    A long overdue change is that regarding the possession of a British passport and the right to vote in British elections. There are too many people taking advantage of these privileges who are not prepared to pay their just share. Freqeuntly born, nurtured, educated and having had careers launched in this country when wealth accrues they suddenly beome allergic to pay into the British tax system.

    The law should be changed in order to make all persons holding a British passport and/or wishing to vote in British elections report themselves to the British tax authorities annually. They should be taxed according to British law, due credit being given for any tax already paid to foreign tax authorities. This is seen as just in other countries, notably the USA why not in Britain. Residence abroad it seems is not only a bolthole for criminals on the run it is also a means of dodging tax and yet when it suits, these same people wave a Brtish passport and ask for due protection to be provided by the British taxpayer/ diplomats/ armed forces even. How on earth persons living abroad and paying no taxes in Britain can exercise a vote in British elections is beyond comprehension.

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    Another area due for reform is in the National Health Service, this is paid for by British tax payers and those who pay their NHI contributions and yet it's services are available to anybody the moment they land on our shores; very charitable I am sure but not very pragmatic in these financially difficult times. Outside of the EU with it's (limited) facilities offered to all EU citizens, such is not the case, in many other civilised countries visitors are expected to pay for health treatment, and even new residents have to spend a certain amount of time within the country to qualify as a user of the system.

  • Comment number 12.

    The Human Rights Act in one form or another has to stay, unless we withdraw from the European Convention of Human Rights (which has no association with the European Union), simply because it would prove very costly to the country to defend individual claims in the European Court, the original reason for the act in the first place. To withdraw from the convention of human rights would leave this country in a dangerous position.


  • Comment number 13.


    Well said 7.Helen H I would also repeal the railway privisation act its costing the taxpayer too much to keep it and its makes life difficult for the suppliers of hardware for the railway ie rolling stock and locomotives ect.

  • Comment number 14.

    7. At 09:39am on 01 Jul 2010, Helen H wrote:

    I'd like Nick Clegg to address a couple of things; firstly decriminalise most prostitution.
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    Why "most"? Surely all or none?

  • Comment number 15.

    I would like to see the scenario whereby any new law introduced should have a 12 month probationary period after which time it should be renewed to determine if it is actually achieving it's objectives. If it is, fine but if it is not it should be either abolished or rewritten to take into account where it is failing.
    To give you an example, in 1971 when the Misuse of Drugs Act was introduced there were less than 50 registered heroin addicts in UK. We have had this legislation for nearly 40 years and the number of addicts is now counted in the thousands. Over that time we have spent billions of pounds of taxpayers money on the 'war on drugs' yet I am unable to recall a time when there was a shortage of drugs on the streets. Either scrap it or redraft it so that it acheives something rather than just absorbing vast amounts of public money for virtually no benefit.

  • Comment number 16.

    Allow singing in pubs.

    Repeal anything that stipulates that only metric quantities be used; make all goods sold by weight/qty use imperial standards.

  • Comment number 17.

    last winter people were not allowed to clear the snow from outside their front doors, and in front of local shops as it was the job of the council, if somebody slipped on the pavement you have cleared you would be liable to be suec, so the snow didn,t get cleared

  • Comment number 18.

    I hope they adress some of the imbalances at trial introduced by Labour in the CJA 2007 and other measures that followed Labour's 'Everyone is guilty!' approach to Law.

    It would be nice if 'innocent until proven guilty' actually meant something again.

  • Comment number 19.

    All legislation rushed through parliament without proper scrutiny and debate during a wash-up period should be reviewed without exception by the incoming government within a set time frame.

    eg Digital Economy Bill

  • Comment number 20.

    10. At 09:54am on 01 Jul 2010, Tio Terry wrote:
    I would like to see the Human Rights Act re-draughted and renamed the Human Responsibilities and Rights Act....

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    I agree. However I would suggest one change: We need to separate our human rights, which should be universal, from our civil rights, which are only conferred to people who adhere to our human, and civil responsibilities.

    The Law Lords and the European Court of Human Rights may disagree, but the right to vote is a good example, of a civil right, which should be lost for the duration someone is in prison.

  • Comment number 21.

    All the laws & silly little regulations & bye-laws enacted by Tony Blair & his government should be repealed.

  • Comment number 22.

    @17 Russ
    Actually this wasn't strictly true and was an unfortunate urban myths of sorts. You could only be sued if you have gone out of your way to make the path outside your house dangerous. So clearing snow and ice would not have meant this.

  • Comment number 23.

    Asking the general public is a bad idea. Sun/mail/right wing voters - the didn't do me any harm brigade will all want corporal punishment, national service and other such rubish brought back...

    Rules should be decide by educated informed people... not by people who think a newspaper isn't a newspaper unless it has pictures of double decker buses on the moon.

  • Comment number 24.

    Has Nick Clegg gone mad? Does he really expect to get any sensible ideas from the public.

    For instance:
    "Repeal anything that stipulates that only metric quantities be used; make all goods sold by weight/qty use imperial standards."

    Which means that anyone who went to school after the mid 70's has only a hazy notion of what the Imperial standards are and would cost us several billion pounds dumping tools, pipe fittings etc that have been made in metric for the past 30 years.

    I'm surprised we haven't had 'hang all child molesters but give teachers the right to whip kids'... doubtless its coming. Likewise 'bring back hanging but stop the government infringing our civil liberties'. I can promise there'll be a load of racist nonsense about immigrants and I'd bet next months pay that someone will want speed cameras banned.

    My favourite one so far is:
    "18. At 10:16am on 01 Jul 2010, Bollweevil wrote:
    I hope they adress some of the imbalances at trial introduced by Labour in the CJA 2007 and other measures that followed Labour's 'Everyone is guilty!' approach to Law. It would be nice if 'innocent until proven guilty' actually meant something again."

    Which wonderfully ignores the fact that only about 1 in 5 people tried by juries is found guilty and its more like 1 in 20 for rape trials.

  • Comment number 25.

    17. At 10:12am on 01 Jul 2010, russ wrote:
    last winter people were not allowed to clear the snow from outside their front doors, and in front of local shops as it was the job of the council, if somebody slipped on the pavement you have cleared you would be liable to be suec, so the snow didn,t get cleared

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    Daily Mail classic.

    You've been lied to.

    I can absolutely guarantee you there is no law against clearing the snow,ice or anything elese from outside your front door.


    As to laws that should be changed, RIPA is the obvious one. If councils want the right to spy & snoop on the generakl public then pass a specific law to that end.

    Using a loophole in the badly defined counter-terrorism legislation is morally bankrupt and undermines public trust in every law.

  • Comment number 26.

    6. At 09:34am on 01 Jul 2010, Delroy wrote:
    "So where is this web-site? News of the launch of a web-site to enable people to say what laws they want to get rid of all over today's news media. Just try finding it..."


    Took less than a minute to find it...

    http://yourfreedom.hmg.gov.uk/

  • Comment number 27.

    My proposal would be for a new law. It would be illegal for a newspaper to publish "information" that they knew to be false; just as one can sue for libel if they falsely malign an individual, this should be extended and made a criminal offence when a paper invents, or, beyond reasonable doubt, twists, misquotes etc. So that the Sun and Hillsborough, for example, would have led to that paper's prosecution. And inventing interviews (a rather frequent occurence) and quotes would be illegal. Draconian? Surely the press are all in favour of the truth? And we know, because they tell us so often, how they are in favour of strong, effective pubishment. Weed out the rotten apples! Name and shame them, publish their addresses! Harass their families and friends! Lock up the editors and throw away the key! You know it makes sense.

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    You dont make it illegal to lie because you could never prove that. You remove the freedom the press have in using anonymous quotes. Most news media in this country is based on anonymous offical sources allowing them to lie blatantly to you.......its a simple and obvious step

  • Comment number 28.

    Although there are a number of laws that I would like to see repealed, I think their is an issue in wider society which needs to be addressed first. There is no point tinkering with laws until you have a classless justice system. Until all members of our society are treated the same in the eyes of the law then you will only be changing laws which affect a certain segment of society. There is strong evidence to suggest that in our legal system the poorer you are, the more likley you are to be given a custodial sentence, whereas if you are rich you will be given the option of community service and a fine (the most extreme crimes are exempt from this rule e.g. murder). If any normal people had committed the fraud we saw in the expenses scandal they would have received a jail sentence, instead it is all presented as 'errors' or 'honest mistakes'. The people of the country know that this is not true but they see our 'honored MP's' get away with a slap on the wrist.
    While we have a society which has one rule for the rich and another for the poor you will struggle to gain the trust and respect of the populace which is required for any justice system to function effectively.

  • Comment number 29.

    8. At 09:50am on 01 Jul 2010, mandyshannon wrote:
    I would make being nude in public legal.


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    I'd make it compulsory.

  • Comment number 30.

    Either remove the terrorism laws or rewrite it to be specific as to what a terrorist actually is and not a vague definition that could be twisted to be anything.......the police can and do abuse this law as it stands

  • Comment number 31.

    I am amazed at those wishing to abolish the Human Rights Act, of course should they ever find themselves the victim of any form of ill treatment they would want it re-established.

    Legalise drugs, and tax them, if somebody is daft enough to want to seriously damage their health by taking them, let them. After all fags and booze have been about for ages, and nicotine is the most addictive substance known.

    I could go on, and on, and on and on, but time does not allow me.

  • Comment number 32.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

  • Comment number 33.

    bailiff activities (or fraud, depending on how you look at it) shoul dbe made illegal unless you have a CCJ against you for at least £2000.
    You can have a parking ticket and not even know about it and find your car missing from outside your home one day...without ever knowing why or being properly given the chance to pay up or rectify the situation. And if you can't pay their ridiculous £700-800 or more release fees...they can sell your car for whatever they like at auction...within days if they choose. Essentially, you can lose your car over a single £60 parking fine.

    This absolutely should be illegal. I would like to see bailiff laws changed.

  • Comment number 34.

    1. Where is the website?

    2. Where is the list of all laws still on the statute books?

    Once both of these are known then we can properly get started.

    mandyshannon at 8 - interesting, although not for everyone as some from both genders will be just too horrid a sight and would need to be "legally" covered!

  • Comment number 35.

    17. russ wrote:
    last winter people were not allowed to clear the snow from outside their front doors, and in front of local shops as it was the job of the council,
    _____________________________________________________________________

    Which law was this?

    I'm a health and Safety Officer and there is NO SUCH LAW!

    You have half-read a story in the daily wail and gone along with it's (wrong) conclusion.

    Can people who are posting here please state the EXACT law they want cutting, not what they 'think' the law is.

  • Comment number 36.

    #6 "No. 2. ABOLISH ALL QUANGO's "

    Do you even know what a QUANGO is? English Heritage is one. What have you got against them? The bank of England is also a QUANGO. What exactly do you propose replacing that with? In fact you could argue that the BBC is a QUANGO and Network rail is more or less one too (and no matter what you think of that body someone has to administer the rail infastructure and its not going to be cheap... you can't just abolish it and hope for the best)

    This just shows how stupid this idea is. Whats the point of asking the public what they want repealed when they don't even understand what they're asking to have repealed.

  • Comment number 37.

    Abolition of the Monarchy.

    Disestablishment of the Church of England.

    Prime Minister to become directly elected.

    Equality for fathers.

    Legalise, regulate and tax recreational soft drug use and prostitution.

    Legalise, regulate and prescribe hard drugs for addicts.

    Anyone standing in any election must either have been born and raised in the constituency they are standing in or they must have lived there for at least the previous four years (primary residence only, no buying a cheap second home that you don't live in to get around the rules).

    All elections to be held on a fixed term, four year basis.

    Any publicly listed company to have a wage regulation preventing anyone within the company from earning more than ten times the salary of their lowest paid employee, for example; if the cleaners earn £12,000 a year then the executives would only be able to earn £120,000 a year. All bonuses and any other financial remuneration to be regarded as pay under this system.

    All anti-terrorism laws brought in since 1997 to be abolished and all other security laws to be reviewed with the intention of ensuring the rights and freedoms of all law abiding citizens in the UK.

    Gun laws reviewed to allow Olympic and professional sportsmen and clubs to own and use sporting firearms in an appropriate location.

    Speed limits reviewed by local Police and transport groups and changed wherever appropriate.

  • Comment number 38.

    I agree with AlisonM; surely we elected a parliament to make decisions for us. During the campaign we were promised by the ConDems that they had the answers to the country's problems, but since taking power the Chancellor and now the DPM are asking for help and guidance.
    Of course, all politicans who ask the general public their opinion go on to completely ignore what is said and simply proceed down the path they were on in the first place.
    So which is it Nick; a genuine lack of ideas on your part, or a cynical game to play with the public? Either way, I think we should be told.

  • Comment number 39.

    Legalise all recreational drugs (canabis, cocaine, heroin, speed, methadone etc). All the manufacture, distribution, education and rehabiliatation would be out to public tender.With the winners awarded the contract for a defined 5yr period. Export of any of these drugs, except for medical use, would be banned

    This provision would make it illegal for any unlicensed; person, organisation, to sell (only via credit or charge card and finger print), distribute or manufacture any drug. All licensed manufacturers and agents would be required to make within each drug dose a unique "marker" with full track and trace.

    In this way drugs would be brought into the tax regime, with defined quality, delivery (syringes could be supplied as free issue) and strength. All tax revenues to be hypothicated to support; rehabilitation, education, quality control,health care, research and enforcement.

  • Comment number 40.

    Am the 100th or 1000th who recognises the idiocy of the “Human Rights Act”, but bet I’m the first to recognise it is the one that will not be repealed! Too lucrative for the lawyer, friends of Camers And Cleggwggy!
    Councils doing only want they were established for:
    1. kill rats,
    2. fill in pot holes,
    3. make roads safe,
    4. remove rubbish!
    This is beyond them at the moment, therefore it is unfair to burden them with extra skilled work, when they cannot do the unskilled!

  • Comment number 41.

    I would like to see Nik Clegg and others in government stop taking our vote for them and putting it into the hands of the US.
    By embroiling us in their war mongering ways.
    they have learned nothing from vietnam where they lost to an army who didnt even have shoes never mind helicopters.
    Cut them loose.

  • Comment number 42.

    Laws on squatting, those who squatt in buildings or on unusaed land.
    Just think about it, you go out for a few hours on a shop, or go away on a holiday and come back to find squatters in your home as has been highlighted just recently. A law is needed in effect to immediately evict that person or people and to criminalise them as well so as everyone gets the message loud and clear no squatting..abolish so-called squatters rights.
    A friend of mine for over two years years has been fighting the planning office to try and get permission to make a pathway at the back of his home on his own land and has been met with refusal and objection all the way. How often do we hear about the bank holiday raids of complete strangers turning what was once a green field into a building site and then applying for retrospect planning with it being generally granted. The law needs more than looking at in this respect. It needs changing.

  • Comment number 43.

    Council Tax needs a new system of funding. Whilst Central Government is a provider of the bulk too much is left to a small minority of the local populous to contribute to the rest. Why should the old person/couple on a small pension just because they also happen to own a property that was bought many years ago. Why should that single person/couple support a family of four adults living on benefits who are able to afford satellite T.V. new cars, who are out on the booze every night or slobbing out all day recovering from the previous night scoffing their burgers and pizzas. Why should that person /couple support them. It is skewed beyond fairness. What I would suggest as a consideration. That council tax be done away with and a new local VAT be introduced. The local council would set this tax. If it is too high then people will reign in their spending on goods and services and the local area will deteriorate. This will make the council reevaluate the tax to a sensible level and make the council accountable to the public. Areas of high visitor influx i.e. Brighton which sees its local services come under strain in the summer would have the visitors contributing to the local tax through their purchases in the town. Brighton could reinvest this additional wealth into the town to make it more attractive to visitors and thereby increase visitor numbers. But more importantly it would be fair, all would pay not just the few who happen to be in private accommodation both owned or rented

  • Comment number 44.

    Posts 10 and 20 - well said. The Human Rights Act should not and cannot be abolished but it does need a major overhaul. The rights that normal law abiding citizens have to walk freely and safely in our streets are compromised by misuse of this legislation.

    One rant from me -

    Legislation that allows key infrasructure industries such as Utilities to be owned by foreign companies, should be abolished!

  • Comment number 45.

    "For every new law introduced, two old laws have to be repealed."

  • Comment number 46.

    This is a no brainer. The laws covering the misuse of drugs are the clearest target. By treating drug misuse (as opposed to drug dealing) as a criminal rather than a health issue we have created what is universally acknowledged to be the biggest cause of crime in the country. Successive governments have known this for years but have been frightened to act because they fear the media backlash. What they should do is:
    1. Decriminalise the personal use (but not supply) of all drugs;
    2. Allow pharmacists to sell drugs to adults when packaged at known dosages with information on the risks, where to get help etc.;
    3. Tax the sales and use the money to finance awareness campaigns and clinics where people can get help to kick their habit.
    4. Dramatically increase sentences for illegal supply.
    If you want to reduce crime, take the supply of drugs out of the hands of criminals. Legalise, regulate and tax instead. Our country could be transformed. But will they do it? No. They're all too frightened of the Daily Mail.

  • Comment number 47.

    It is not a law I would like to change but I would like unions that represent professionals eg the Law Society and the GMC have a role more like the Teaching Unions. That is to protect and serve their members. At the moment there are shortages of doctors, dentist etc and because of they control the numbers to train and as a result they are over paid. It should be up to Goverment how many people train in these areas not these Trade Unions.

    I would also like garages to be licensed as some, I feel, do not do the work that is needed or charge for things which cannot be done on that model. I don't mind paying what is due but I do want to be safe and not break down.

    I recently did Jury Service, what and eye opener. I would like a review as to why Judges and Barristers are paid so much. Also I would like them to be brought up to speed and kept aware of the technology that is widely in use eg Facebook.

  • Comment number 48.

    Replace the seriously abused human rights bill by applying some common sense.

  • Comment number 49.

    6. At 09:34am on 01 Jul 2010, Delroy wrote:

    No. 2. ABOLISH ALL QUANGO's

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    Another statement parroted straight from the Britain-hating tabloids.

    Do you even know what a Quango does?

    I'll give you a clue, they pretty much all have different functions, some are probably a bit superfluous, whilst others are vital.

  • Comment number 50.

    24. At 10:37am on 01 Jul 2010, Peter_Sym wrote:

    'Which wonderfully ignores the fact that only about 1 in 5 people tried by juries is found guilty and its more like 1 in 20 for rape trials.'


    A comment which wonderfully ignores the point of the post that is adressing imbalances introduced in the CJA 2007 and other measures introduced by the previous Government.

    Or are you arguing that because juries are able to find so many defendants 'not guilty' that it is indeed, as Labour seemed to believe, a right of the Government to make it easier for the CPS to secure prosecution by lowering the standard of evidence required and shifting the burden of proof from the prosecution to the defence?

    Perhaps you would prefer that all children aged 10 serve a mandatory six month prison sentence just to get it out of the way??

  • Comment number 51.

    All laws tying this country to 'Europe'

    If we want to have trade and cultural agreements that's fair enough although it would be better dealing with Scandinavian countries.

    They seem to be the most honest in Europe and they believe in looking after their own people. Something British politicians forgot about a long time ago, assuming they ever had that intention

  • Comment number 52.

    I've spent a little time on this website...it looks like another waste of money/time. It's just a glorified HYS run by government (and most likely funded by us) and so far there are no coherent ideas being put forward and any justifications being made are weak.

    If I were to propose anything, it'd be that this loosely "elected" government govern and stop making the public do their jobs.

    It says a lot that a good number of the cabinet ministers have no clue about their own areas, including these important ones:

    -George Osborn, Chancellor, educated in HISTORY!!!!!!
    -Michael Gove, education, background in journalism
    -Andrew Lansley, health, educated in Politics

    No wonder they're begging the public for ideas...they haven't got any themselves!!!

  • Comment number 53.

    I would repeal the Serious Organised Crime & Police Act 2005 , which bans demonstrations outside Parliament & 10 Downing Street.

    I would also like to see a considerable curbing of police powers under Terrorism laws , which they have blatantly abused. No more Control Orders ; blanket stop and search or detention without charges being brought. Also scrap legislation that allows police to retain the DNA of innocent people.

  • Comment number 54.

    I'd like to change the law so that everyone knows exactly where they stand when it comes to 'adulthood'.

    At the moment it's legal to have sex (and children) from the age of 16 but illegal to marry without parental consent. Absurdly it's illegal for a 16 year old to view a pornographic video when they're legally allowed to perform the acts in them! You can join the army age 16 but cannot vote for (or against) the politicians who may very well send you to war (I know under 18s don't serve on the front lines). Buying a lottery ticket is fine at 16, but placing a bet in a betting shop or playing a slot machine is for over 18s only! Driving is legal from the age of 17, yet anyone who commits a motoring offence at age 17 is tried as a juvenile.

    It's a crazy situation.

  • Comment number 55.

    16. At 10:11am on 01 Jul 2010, David Dewick wrote:
    Allow singing in pubs.

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    again, not illegal- its entirely up to the landlord.

  • Comment number 56.

    It would be interesting to get statistics on how many persons are penalized by the justice system for 'procedural' crimes?

  • Comment number 57.

    I wish to see the RIP Act repealed. It allows surveillance of an individuals electronic communications & online activities without the checks and balances of the requirement for a court order to permit such surveillance or the opportunity to mount a legal challenge to it... indeed it is illegal to even tell someone that their activies are being monitored.

    I have already posted this on the government website, which is easily found by following the link provided with the news story.

  • Comment number 58.

    Firstly, repeal the Human Rights Act as it currently stands. It is used more by opportunists as a stick with which to beat others than it is a genuine tool of protecting rights for the majority. If no constraints are put on claiming individual rights you end up with a war of all against all.

    Second, if the European Convention on Human Rights cannot be repealed it must be made subject to our own Supreme Court as the highest interpreting authority.

    Third, the Civil Contingencies Act (2004) would embarrass leaders of totalitarian regmes. It has no place in our democracy and must go.

    Fourth, laws that conceal the workings of government from the public must be removed.

  • Comment number 59.

    Working in a jobcentre I hear horror stories every day about how employers have taken staff for a ride. But you can't take them to an employment tribunal if you've worked there less than a year [ I think that's the time limit. I stand to be corrected but I know there is one].

    I would like to see that lowered.

    Also the opposite of repeal the metric ones. Let's remove the laws that require imperial measurements. Time to progress in that respect.

    number one: final paragraph. 'I hear from many.' who? names and addresses please

  • Comment number 60.

    They, the Government, will pick the laws they want to change from all the ideas submitted, and then say we listened to the public and acted.

  • Comment number 61.

    I'd like to see the law quashed where you can be tried for defending your own property. I burgular should lose all his rights when entering someone elses property.

  • Comment number 62.

    47. At 11:00am on 01 Jul 2010, everybear wrote:
    "It is not a law I would like to change but I would like unions that represent professionals eg the Law Society and the GMC have a role more like the Teaching Unions...."


    The General Medical Council is the regulatory body for doctors

    It is not a 'union'

    Did you mean the British Medical Association ?

  • Comment number 63.

    The main reason For change is Common Sense

    If any person or persons who have disregard for Uk and persons are a
    threat to normal hard working folks of the UK PLC and deemed terrorist who seems like they can stay in UK. be a threat to you or I as they say they'll be hurt if sent back should be disregared as to our home land safer is paramount the should pretect us not them.

    Second law
    is Un elected unamed officials who make deicions in the health service Lothian Health who do things without total public agreement which put whole areas is danger due they deciding rather than a public decision
    when closing a trauma accident and Emergency sur. Department
    Also puts our emergency Services in more danger rather than possibly tying ambulance up for 10mins could take 1Hr maybe more when with the Wisdom of Un-elected no mames Officials
    put Folks in West Lothian at risk.

  • Comment number 64.

    Make every offence carry the death penalty. Would reduce offending rates!

  • Comment number 65.

    This will backfire on us, another way to say " we acted on your advise now live with it" and we only have their word it was our advise.
    If they take any advise it will be if it ticks the same boxs they have already ticked.

  • Comment number 66.

    They are only asking for the sake of PR its just to make clegg relevant and convince us this is an actual partnership and not a tory domination.....whats wrong with the usual tactic of using polls and groups to gauge public opinion? Their mind will already made up over what is to be included so this is a pretty pointless debate to be fair

  • Comment number 67.

    14. At 10:08am on 01 Jul 2010, D Dortman wrote:

    7. At 09:39am on 01 Jul 2010, Helen H wrote:

    I'd like Nick Clegg to address a couple of things; firstly decriminalise most prostitution.
    ------------------------------------------------------------------


    Why "most"? Surely all or none?


    As an example, I don't think child prostitution would be a brilliant idea or particularly popular so I think it's probably best to have a few caveats.

  • Comment number 68.

    Laws which have curtailed civil liberties such as those introduced after the fuel strike in 1997 which have meant we cannot demonstrate as we wish.

  • Comment number 69.

    Too many to list!

    Perhaps all laws should be repealed and a new, concise set of laws, be written.

    Generally there should be more self-determination and self-responsibility in my view.

  • Comment number 70.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

  • Comment number 71.

    14. At 10:08am on 01 Jul 2010, D Dortman wrote:

    7. At 09:39am on 01 Jul 2010, Helen H wrote:

    I'd like Nick Clegg to address a couple of things; firstly decriminalise most prostitution.
    ------------------------------------------------------------------


    Why "most"? Surely all or none?

    -----------------------------------------------------------
    Plying your trade outside licensed premises would remain illegal as would making use of non-licensed services. This would help to protect prostitutes, clients and the general public.

  • Comment number 72.

    #29 "29. At 10:39am on 01 Jul 2010, whiler wrote:
    8. At 09:50am on 01 Jul 2010, mandyshannon wrote:
    I would make being nude in public legal.

    --
    I'd make it compulsory."

    Two words. JOHN and PRESCOTT.

    Not a nice idea.....

  • Comment number 73.

    1. The Act of Supremacy.
    This law states that a lay person with no theological training is responsibile for the religious teaching of a church. (If that were to appear in a novel it would be derided as unrealistic).

    2. The Act of Settlement.
    This law ensures that no Catholic gets within marrying distance of the throne of England. I suspect that England is breaking its own laws in maintaining this highly selective and discriminatory law.

  • Comment number 74.

    Just registered to agree with #61

    Make it legal to shoot burglars

  • Comment number 75.

    President Obama had one of these little quizzes during his election campaign.

    He had a website so all of his supporters could log in and nominate what they would ask obama to do as soon as he got in office.
    Out of the top 10 recommendations, 9 were to repeal drug prohibition.

    There were videos on the internet of obama confessing to smoking cannabis, and speeches made by him a few years earlier, denouncing current drug laws as outdated, and acknowledged they breed more crime than prevent.

    After he became elected president, in a speech he was giving, a member of the public asked him how he was going to address the overwhleming majorities concern over drug prohibition.
    Obama dismissed it as an online group who got a little excited and flooded his website, and assured everyone that nothing would change. He did it very condescendingly.

    I am sure if Clegg/Cameron don't like what the public writes there, they too will surely claim that "a vocal online minority flooded our pages".

    I'm afraid I've already called them out on it now, if they do reject an overwhelming public support for something, you'll know precisely that they are the appeasement slaves that aren't allowed to change anything by their NWO masters.

  • Comment number 76.

    Common sense at last. AYERIGHTYANUMPTY comment 58, says it all. The longer we adhere to the EUs doctrine on Human Rights' the longer the Government will take to bring ''just a little'' justice back to this country.

  • Comment number 77.

    The laws of physics would be my first choice as that would be more useful than wasting time and money on this policy.
    If 51% want a law changed and 49% don't then you can see where the money goes. All talk no practical application

  • Comment number 78.

    "61. At 11:13am on 01 Jul 2010, Andy wrote:
    I'd like to see the law quashed where you can be tried for defending your own property. I burgular should lose all his rights when entering someone elses property."

    So you see no problem with a householder knocking a burglar unconcious, tying them up, sexually assaulting them, torturing them slowly over a few days and then executing them by burning in the back garden?

    Thats what removing ALL their rights would mean: the punishment for attempted break in would become execution without trial using whatever method of execution the daily mail readers here favour. Kind of ironic that people are complaining that CCTV violates their human rights while wanting the right to kill criminals. Its really ironic that the Daily Mail is so obsessed with Sharia law when they seem so keep on chopping the hands off thieves themselves!

    The law allows householders to use 'reasonable force' to defend their property. What you want is a law allowing 'unreasonable force'. There is nothing wrong with the law as it stands. You'll be hard pressed to find anyone convicted of killing an intruder on their premises with a legal weapon anyway.

  • Comment number 79.

    The laws I would like to be repealed:

    - every law brought in by NuLiebour as none were thought through properly;
    - the Maastricht & Lisbon Treaties - again badly thought out and catastrophic for the UK;
    - anti - terrorism - ineffective and used to bully law abiding citizens.
    - the Human Rights Act - the most discriminatory act ever, giving rights to all except the law abiding indiginous population.

    Laws I would amend:
    - immigration laws - it is stupid to let people in for whom there is no work, who prevent the indiginous population from getting work or displace a Brit from work.
    - benefits - increase JSA and basic income support so you can actually eat and look for work at the same time.
    - discrimination - stop age discrimination.
    - use of CCTV - restrict its use and put in place proper policiing.

  • Comment number 80.

    I'd like the Human Rights act to be extended to cover our soldiers. If all the wasters in creation can sit here and claim their 'human rights' then it's only just that our soldiers are given the same protection. Sorry if that inconveniences the army, but it's ridiculous to say they can't afford our lads the basic 'human rights'.
    If the soldiers can't have it, then dump the whole lot. A law is no good if it only serves some of the people.

  • Comment number 81.

    74. At 11:23am on 01 Jul 2010, halibut wrote:
    Just registered to agree with #61

    Make it legal to shoot burglars



    With what? An air-gun? Tony Martin should have got 5 years just for possession of that pump-action shotgun HE used. Making it legal to shoot burglars when it is illegal to keep most forms of fire arm at home is a pretty stupid law.

  • Comment number 82.

    a moratorium on the whole legislative process, with the possible exception of a finance act allowed every 12 months. NO MORE LAWS!!! there has been a succession of governments introducing poorly drafted, reactionary legislation for 20 years - PLEASE STOP!

    whether or not you agree with the suggestions above, the whole system for drafting and scrutinizing legislation is clearly “not fit for purpose!”

  • Comment number 83.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

  • Comment number 84.

    This is supreme irony. This new website that supposedly is going to stem the tide of government control over people's lives...requires registration.

    Fact is, governments don't improve civil liberties during economic austerity drives: they curtail them instead. Just wait and see, this time will be no different.

  • Comment number 85.

    The most damaging law ever produced was the Criminal Records Check.It was a law rushed through without proper thought of consequences for those who were innocent but had been arrested on allegations not found to be true.
    The CRB allows police forces to cast opinion based on interviews only.These opinions on any CRB can destroy any persons ability to work in many occupations where a CRB is required.The abuser or potential offender can always get round such procedures such as the CRB but the innocent have no choice and pay the price for the states inability to control/treat real abusers.Many thousands of innocent people have lost jobs,houses and had relationships destroyed because those who accuse(nearly always women/children against men)dont stop to think about their vindictive actions and what it actually means to totally innocent people.High profile cases where children were either abused or even murdered bring out emotional reaction(mob rule)which government have reacted to and encouraged by creating bad law to get tabloid headlines.This law needs to be repealed and constructed carefully to catch the abusers but also to protect the innocent.At present this does not happen and those caught in the minefield of the state are just viewed as collateral damage or a price worth paying. One solution would be the right to sue the police with mandatory state aid and the CRB with no time limit.At present you may have no criminal record of any description but be deemed a risk because of an interview with the police which goes no further and you might not even know that information is passed to the CRB if you apply for a job.So its innocent but guilty anyway.Dump this "communist" law.

  • Comment number 86.

    Legalise all drugs

    Make parties such as the bnp, national front and the english defence league illegal

  • Comment number 87.

    Any law that recognises the rights of victims of crime over that of the perpertrators of crime.

  • Comment number 88.

    You wonder if capital punishment should be brought back for serious serial offenders rather than let them go back to prison. This way prisons would naturally reduce in number due either to people being killed for their crimes or just the severity of the punishment being enough to stop them from re-committing.

  • Comment number 89.

    Can we add a new law please to make a condem coalition illegal.

    This is a cynical PR exercise to take peoples minds off the coming job cuts and VAT rise, welfare cuts etc. etc. and let you think that you have some say in matters of government. I am laughing till my sides split.

    They will repeal those laws that suit their agenda and ignore the rest - you are duped again!

  • Comment number 90.

    It's time to take a serious look at legalising drug use (oh Gosh!) -
    In a highly developped society such as ours there must be a reasonable way to go about this and thus cut drug-lords' revenues from under their feet. This issue really must be dealt with before our inner cities become a wasteland...

  • Comment number 91.

    24. At 10:37am on 01 Jul 2010, Peter_Sym wrote:

    Has Nick Clegg gone mad? Does he really expect to get any sensible ideas from the public.
    -----------------
    Why? You may not feel able to give sensible suggestions but there will be others in the Country who perhaps can. This is a part of democracy - he's just giving a louder voice to the people than has been given previously. Nonsense/unworkable suggestions will of course be heard along with good ideas. Leaders have to decide what is feasible. The public rarely get a voice/forum - the media/journalists opinions normally dominate (and they have their own agenda and spin) Do we actually have to go in the opposite direction and restrict the media lying/spinning in pursuance of it's own biased agenda and influence over the masses. Far too often we are subjected to propaganda which at times includes lying to the public. Do the media not have a responsibility to report fact? They seem incapable of reporting facts without 'spinning it' in their own biased opinion/commentary.

    Clegg's idea may not work and get out of control but I don't see the problem with pooling ideas, a good strong leader is not afraid to listen to ideas then takes the decisions. Poor leaders never listen they are often afraid to. However we should be considering RESPONSIBILITIES to our fellow human beings NOT just our rights. This is where we have been going wrong for too many years.




  • Comment number 92.

    All laws brought in by labour in the last 13 years. This is not a stab at labour but they created so many more laws than previous governments. unfortunately these laws were very specific and unfortunately they were often rushed and not well thought through.

    A personal favorite for a law change would concern self defence and the defence of others. There is too much question over what is reasonable force. Even the law has no idea what this means. I would also like to see the carrying of guns to be legal and a tool of self defence. But not everyone would agree

  • Comment number 93.

    Perhaps the economic crisis isn't as bad as I thought if the Government really has time to go back and start repealing laws about reporting squirrels in our gardens!

    If they want to do something really useful, how about withdrawing from the European Parliament where they debate such crucial matters as whether eggs should be sold by the dozen or not.

  • Comment number 94.

    I would bring in a law that makes it illegal for people from outside the UK to have free access to healthcare. Those of us who are genuine UK-born citizens, taxpayers and passport holders should get free healthcare since we are the ones paying for it. If you come to the UK from elsewhere, you should provide your own health insurance and be prepared to pay for your treatment. That's how it works when I leave the UK and visit other countries, I don't expect to be treated in their hospitals for free. Stop all this abuse of our NHS and get back to providing healthcare to those who have paid for it.

    Basically I'd like to see the UK taxpayer protected properly from the rest of the world's scroungers and leeches.

  • Comment number 95.

    1. Human Rights Act -( i.e. if you commit a crime then you waiver your human rights)
    2. Immigration law - if gained entry to UK illegally they should be deported and if they stay and appeal should receive accomodation and food in a hostel type place only - no right to benefits
    3. Benefit law - if able to work should do even if it is community work like cleaning up litter in a park, if caught claiming wrongly give tougher sentences, crack down on landlords who milk the system for housing benefit and give more support to people who HAVE paid their taxes and not penailse them if they have lost their jobs through no fault of their own. Give people who have worked all their lives a higher pension than those who couldn't be bothered.

  • Comment number 96.

    How about we don't change laws but impose the ones we have instead?

    I regularly see people skipping red lights, cars with the muffler taken out of the exhaust, teenage cyclists on a mission to injure as many people as possible, people allowing their dogs to mess everywhere, people playing very loud music with all their windows open and their guests lying semi-unconscious on the pavement in front of the house, etc., and not a policeman around to do anything (or worse, with policemen around who don't do anything!).

    Or is Clegg suggesting making all that stuff legal in the name of "freedom"? He and Geert Wilders (of the Freedom Party) would get along swimmingly.

  • Comment number 97.

    'What laws would you change'? is the HYS question. However, if you click the link on the HYS piece, Your Freedom, it will take you to the new Your Freedom website which is the gov site relating to this very question?

    The Deputy PM opens the agenda on law repeals and is responsible for this government site and we should all use it if we want to change or repeal the plethora of laws that not even the lawyers always understand, never mind actually know about, including local authorities who take cases to law because they can at your expense, not because it's right?

  • Comment number 98.

    "80. At 11:31am on 01 Jul 2010, The Fickle Finger wrote:
    I'd like the Human Rights act to be extended to cover our soldiers. If all the wasters in creation can sit here and claim their 'human rights' then it's only just that our soldiers are given the same protection. Sorry if that inconveniences the army, but it's ridiculous to say they can't afford our lads the basic 'human rights'.
    If the soldiers can't have it, then dump the whole lot. A law is no good if it only serves some of the people."

    The Human rights act guarantees 'the right to life'. Joining the military is the only job in the world where its fairly inevitable that someone will try and kill you (I did 4 months in Croatia and got snipped at twice and mortared once). Being able to sue the army because you get killed in battle is lunacy. It is not the same as being able to sue my current employer because I get electrocuted at work. Extending this law to the army wouldn't 'inconvenience them' it would cripple them. They'd be unable to send any troops into action unless they were certain they wouldn't get hurt. We'd be no better than the Germans (who aren't allowed out after dark in case the nasty Afghans hurt them..... Rommel must be spinning in his grave)

  • Comment number 99.

    86. At 11:37am on 01 Jul 2010, thelevellers wrote:

    Make parties such as the bnp, national front and the english defence league illegal

    ---

    Why, it keps all the nutters in one place, and even idiots need political representation.

    And if you disband the BNP there's always a danger that it might be replaced by something halfway fit for purpose and nowhere near as funny.

  • Comment number 100.

    "1. At 08:49am on 01 Jul 2010, k2as2001 wrote:
    Prison meant to be for punishment"

    Nope. In most cases it's meant for rehabilitation, so that when the person comes out they do not re-offend and actually become a useful member of society. The statistics show that short prison sentences (for minor crimes) don't aid with re-offending rates, therefore it's better for these sentences to be handled alternatively (rather than spending £38,000 per year on keeping a person in prison). There are a few prisoners in prison in order to keep the public safe, but this is a significant minority.

    If they want to save money and remove a law, legalise cannabis, tax it, kill off the gateway drug aspect (dealers replaced by retail stores) and allow the police to concentrate on more serious crimes.

 

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