Tuesday, June 17, 2008

3,000 New Crimes

Brendan O'Neill on Spiked:
More than any other government in history, New Labour has used the law to proactively shape people's behaviour. Its feverish legalism — with the creation of 3,000 new crimes in its first 10 years in power — is frequently designed to 'send a message' to the public about our attitudes and how we think and speak. Like kings of old, the state is using the law as a personal stick with which to beat the errant public. Such politicisation of the law can only undermine objectivity and fairness in the courts.
His screed includes "an urgent 10-point action plan for rescuing our legal rights." We could use a bit of that here.