In my previous post, I invited suggestions for new laws or changes to the law that would be desirable but which are not likely to figure in the debate between the parties. Some of you have already come up with valuable suggestions. I plan to invite further comments shortly on some of those suggestions. However, as various readers have previously argued, we have a problem in that there is too much legislation. There is a marked tendency to introduce a law whenever we have a problem, even though the problem may not be amenable to resolution by legislative means and the legislation may be poorly drafted and produce unintended consequences.
In the last Parliament, a measure was passed getting rid of a lot of obsolete legislation from the statute book. However, there is a difference between obsolete laws and those which are useless, undesirable or having negative effects. Should we have a cull of the statute book? Are there any particular laws that you feel justify being repealed?