Since coming to power in 1997 the British Labour Government has introduced 3,605 new offences – an average of one every day!

You really have to wonder what on earth any government thinks it is doing by introducing a new criminal offence every day. Are they necessary? Are they desirable? Have they made the public safer?

The answer is a fairly resounding NO!

Let’s have a look at some of the offences introduced by the Labour government:

  • Creating a nuclear explosion
  • Entering the wreck of the Titanic
  • Importing potatoes grown in Poland into England. (Makes you wonder why it is OK to import them into the rest of the UK?) 
  • Selling types of flora and fauna not native to the UK, such as the grey squirrel, ruddy duck or Japanese knotweed
  •  Wilfully pretending to be a barrister
  • Wilfully pretending to be a traffic warden
  • Disturbing a pack of eggs when instructed not to by an authorised officers
  • Obstruct workers carrying out repairs to the Dockland Light Railway
  • Offer for sale a game bird killed on a Sunday or Christmas Day
  • Allow an unlicensed concert in a church hall or community centre

These of course are only the tip of the iceberg but they are indicative of a government which wants to control everybody and daft though they are I’m much more concerned about the measures they have introduced to quash any opposition to themselves.

Remember Walter Wolfgang, the lifelong socialist Labour supporter who shouted out “nonsense” during Jack Straw’s speech on Iraq at the 2005 Labour Party Conference. This frail elderly man was physically ejected from the conference and when he tried to re-enter the building he was arrested under section 44 of the Terrorism Act.

Then there was Maya Anne Evans, a vegan cook from Hastings, who was found guilty of breaching Section 132 of the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act. Her offence was to read out names of soldiers killed in Iraq at central London’s Cenotaph, the place of remembrance for the war dead.

For centuries it has been possible for British citizens to walk into the House of Commons and ask to see their MP. I’ve done it myself. It’s also been a right for citizens to demonstrate in Parliament Square. I’ve done that too.

Then there is Brian Haw, an anti-war protester who demonstrated peaceably in Parliament Square for four years. Labour introduced a law to stop him and anyone else doing this not because he or they were terrorists but because it embarrassed them. For me that’s not a good enough reason.

Brian fought his case through the Courts but every time the Courts found against the Government they came back with yet more legislation.
Have a look at Brian’s website for more info: http://www.parliament-square.org.uk

So whilst we can laugh at the most of the 3,605 new offences some of the legislation is much more worrying. Not only do they not make us safer or even help enforce existing laws, they actually reduce our civil liberties and make criminals of us for doing or saying things that are not dangerous at all.

While real terrorists call for armed struggle against Britain and America and noting is done about it, an elderly socialist is held under the Terrorism Act for shouting “nonsense” at a Labour Minister and a vegan cook is convicted under “Organised Crime” laws.

Will someone wake me up – this has to be a bad dream!

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