Apparently our government has run out of ideas as to what to do with itself in the final parliamentary term before the next election. Given this I thought I’d be very public spirited (how is the Big Society going?) and help them out by offering up some useful ideas to start them off:
- Repeal lifestyle laws, e.g smoking ban
- Repeal the handgun ban
- Decriminalise drugs
- Decriminalise acts associated with sex-work, e.g brothel-keeping
Feel free to add your (non-authoritarian) suggestions below.
According to leaked information about the forthcoming Queen’s Speech, the government wishes to close a ‘loophole’ in the law which allows paedophiles legally to download manuals on how to groom children by treating those who download such material in the same way as those who download material which might be used to build bombs are.
This is not the criminalisation of actions which cause non-consensual harm but the criminalisation of viewing information which the government objects to.
Information is neutral. It can be also be distasteful but knowledge of bomb-making (i.e. chemical reactions) does not make one a terrorist. Neither does knowing how those who do wish to abuse children might operate make one an abuser.
Deciding what people can (or can’t read) is censorship.
Yesterday the excuse was terrorism. Today it is paedophiles. What will it be tomorrow?