LibDems in Liberal “Freedom Bill” Shocker!

Maybe there is something to this “the Orange Bookers are taking-over” story. Nick Clegg plans to get rid of the following top-ten illiberal laws:

1. Restrictions on protests in Parliament Square – Sections 132 to 138; Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005
2. Identity Cards – Identity Cards Act 2006
3. Extradition to the US – Part 2, Extradition Act 2003
4. Conditions on public assemblies – Section 57, Clause 123, Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003
5. Criminalising trespass –Sections 128 to 131, Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005
6. Control orders – Section 1, Prevention of Terrorism Act 2005
7. DNA retention – Sections 78-84, Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001, Sections 9-10, Criminal Justice Act 2003
8. Public interest defence for whistleblowing, Official Secrets Act 1989
9. Right to silence, Sections 34-39, Public Order Act 1994 – England and Wales
10. Hearsay evidence, Sections 114-136, Criminal Justice Act 2003

You can suggest an illiberal law to repeal online here. Guido would like to see the repeal of income tax, it was after all introduced as a temporary measure to help finance the war against Napoleon in 1799.

Cameron’s Liberal Conservatives would be wise to support the bill, it would be good practice for a future governing coalition… you don’t think that was Clegg’s intention by any chance?



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