Four days ago (I think) the government launched its online Your Freedom initiative, asking members of the public for their ideas for cutting red tape, shedding burdersome regulations and repealing bad or unncesessary laws. Now, a cynic (read: realist) might suggest it has something of the publicity stunt or "consultation" sop about it, but, assuming it is at least somewhat on the level, is there any way this could be used to help cut out any rubbish affecting servicemen? There's a lot of stuff I can imagine people clamouring to repeal - the Murder (Abolition of the Death Penalty) Act, the European Communities Act and so on - but I'm thinking more specifically of things Arrse users might have particular expertise in. The late, great George MacDonald Fraser, for example, bemoaned the declining opportunities for veterans to pursue careers in private security companies in the UK, with the Third World having to turn increasingly to highly disciplined and scrupulous Bolivians and the like for its mercenary needs instead. It's not ot something I can say I know much about, but if there is legislation making it harder for people to set these firms up and train their people here as they do in the US I'd be interested to hear what it is. Then of course there's the almost too incredible stories of squaddies having their Leathermans taken off them by RAF police when they board aircraft - if this really does happen there's surely an amendment to something worth recommending there. A few veterans I know are very into shooting sports, too, which is something that's been under a lot of legislative strain. Others are very outdoorsy and enjoy things like wild camping - being Scots, my understanding is that our position is much more favourable than that of our Sassenach neighbours, but there are still a lot of people who complain that the position of enthusiasts is poor when compared to, say, the rights enjoyed by people in the Scandanavian countries - "Everyman's Rights". Would introducing similar regimes improve things, or would we just end up with a lot of eldery gentlemen in high socks and wooly hats sending hill farmers' livestock scattering to the four winds? Also, would you propose anything to make it easier for you to camp, build fires, cycle, ski, sledge or ride? If you enjoy a little bushcraft, do you find the legislation on carrying blades is particularly overbearing or ill-thought out? Perhaps the rules for buying and importing are as much of a pest as the rules on carry? I'd be very interested to hear any of your thoughts, and to see links to any proposals you do post on the site. You just have to register a username and password, there's no e-mail validation nonsense. It would at the least be nice to see a counterweight to all the people proposing the army just be abolished as a cost cutting measure. Nothing ventured nothing gained, and all that jazz.