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'The life of the law has not been logic; it has been experience. The law embodies the story of a nation's development...it cannot be dealt with as if it contained the axioms and corollaries of a book of mathematics' - (Oliver Wendell Holmes - 1841 to 1935).
Thursday, 13 May 2010
A Tsunami of Law
In the period 1998 to 2010, some 480 Public Acts of Parliament were passed. These have made major changes to the constitution, to the criminal law, to civil liberties and to many other areas of the law. If the 480 Acts are combined with the many thousands of Statutory Instruments through which Acts are implemented and the detail filled in then the nation has been subjected to an absolute tsunami of legislation. Almost no area of either the law or our lives has been left alone. This tsunami is largely home grown. A slow down combined with better thought out and scutinised legislation would be welcome. I am not holding my breath !