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Old 02-22-2006, 11:11 PM   #1
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Enabling Act

When confronted with the need to push throw large ammounts of legislation that all need scrutiny and take a lot of work the solution is to be more picky in what to bring forth and to continue to preserve the checks and balances, right? Wrong
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Some have called it the Henry VIII bill; one MP thought Stalin would be a more appropriate dictator to put his name to it. A leading academic refers to it as the "abolition of parliament bill". You get the point. The bill's real title is bland and boring to the point of soporific, which may be why it hasn't been much noticed; but underneath the benign facade of the legislative and regulatory reform bill lurks a machinery that would give the government the power to pass far-reaching laws without the bother of getting the approval of parliament.

On the surface, the bill is aimed at removing regulatory burdens on business by using short-cut procedures which wouldn't require parliamentary debate. The same process would also put into law uncontroversial recommendations by Britain's law commissions, the government's legal thinktanks. All that seems not only reasonable, but positively helpful to the efficiency of law-making.

But look again, and Henry VIII comes into the picture. What the government has inserted into the bill is a way of allowing laws to be passed by a minister's order, which bypasses parliament altogether....

It will become possible for the government, by ministerial order, without a debate in parliament, to create new criminal offences, punishable with less than two years imprisonment. It could also, according to Cambridge law professor John Spencer (who is not alone in his analysis), introduce house-arrest, give the police stronger powers of arrest and interrogation, set up new courts, and in effect re-write the rules on immigration, nationality, divorce, inheritance and the appointment of judges.
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Surely with the best of intentions though
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seems like the u.s. and russia aren't standing alone as countries whose executive branch is looking to seize power any way it can.
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I think that V for Vendetta may not be far from the truth in future, strangely funny that it wasn't Thatcherism that brought this to be.
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other than having a terrible name i know nothing about the film.
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Graphic novel set in a late 1990's police state Britain after a limited nuclear war where you have an elaborate police state excercising tools such as CCTV and mass propaganda to control the population. The state is right wing fascism and they liquidated the blacks, asians and homosexuals. V is a survivor of experiments in one of these camps who is somewhat cryptic with a flair for the dramatic embarks upon a campaign to kill those responsible for his torture and smash the state.

The pieces for such an apparatus such as CCTV and national ID Cards are frightening and should be fought off. Once in place they become very difficult to remove.
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It's a film I'm really looking foward to. Natalie Portman helps as well...
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