Thursday 1 July 2010

Your Freedom

Nick Clegg launches the 'Your Freedom' website today, a website where you can tell the coalition which stupid laws can be added to the "Great Repeal Bill" and scrapped. He says:
We want to restore Britain’s traditions of freedom and fairness, and free our society of unnecessary laws and regulations – both for individuals and businesses.
Naturally of course this won't include exit from the biggest lawmaking system in the UK, so it already begins limited in scope. It's hard to see this anything other than a PR exercise. How many of the ideas will be taken up? Especially if they go against coalition policy? I don't imagine anything other than some minor laws, that no-one really cares about, being repealed, which of course will be spun along the lines of; "Look how we listened and consulted you. Your opinions count etc etc". puts the point nicely:
...the public may come up with some unwelcome advice for Mr Clegg on treasured Lib Dem policies. For example, who's to say Eurosceptics won't bombard him with calls to get out of the EU because they believe it has eroded traditional British freedoms.

That's the danger with consulting the public. They don't always tell politicians what they want to hear.

I'm not going to waste too much time on this website other than add the ECA, and various other EU treaties - just to inconvenience them. I don't expect any progress.

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