Public takes up Clegg’s call to cut through red tape

IT must have seemed a good idea at the time.

British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg invited the public to nominate unnecessary laws they would like to see repealed.

He launched the government’s Your Freedom website at which people can propose ways to get rid of pointless regulation and unnecessary bureaucracy.

He said: “The traditional way of doing things is that government tells people what to do. That is the old way of doing things. We are saying, ‘Tell us what you don’t want us to do’.”

Yesterday the website was plagued by technical problems as thousands logged on to submit ideas — attracting a wide range of suggestions.

Among the most discussed in its opening hours were a call to reintroduce the death penalty and to end the ban on smoking in public places.

Others proposed capital punishment should be brought back for mass murderers, drug barons and paedophiles. More called for cannabis to be legalised and taxed, for restrictions on “extreme” pornography to be eased and even for people to be given the legal right to marry their horses.

One asked for the Human Rights Act to be scrapped, while another asked to abolish the law which enables citizens to shoot dead a Welshman within the city walls of Chester.

Well, Nick, you did ask.


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