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'A bonfire of unnecessary laws'

Liberal Democrat leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg promises a programme of political reform as ambitious and radical as the Great Reform Act of 1832, including

Scrapping the identity card scheme and second generation biometric passports

Axeing the ContactPoint children's database

Forbidding schools to take children's fingerprints without asking for parental consent

A bonfire of unnecessary laws [Those would be EU laws, Nick]

Those reforms could be helpful, particularly if the government burned to ash all the absurd EU regulations.

Others which Clegg suggested, such as removing limits on the rights to peaceful protest; a block on pointless new criminal offences; internet and email records not to be held without reason; closed-circuit television to be properly regulated; and new controls over the DNA database, including the storage of innocent people's DNA are in the eye of the beholder, aren't they?

What does the government think is peaceful, pointless, without reason, or properly regulated? And why should we feel comfortable leaving these decisions in their hands?


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