Should we scrap this law

#2
Yes, Yes and again very Yes, a stupid law brought in by very stupid people.
 
#3
It was very strange listening to Mr Peter Tatchell on Radio 4 this morning as he explained why the law should be changed. He wasn't very convincing!

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#8
The UK "doshocracy", like any other undemocratic, oligarchic system, thinks that all it has to do is introduce a law banning this, that or the other and the problem's solved. A very good example being the gun ban introduced by the last useless gobment. The method's never worked in the history of mankind, so why they think it'll work for them is beyond me.

MsG
 
#9
The purpose of this law was for it to be a "catch all" that could potentially cover absolutely anything a police officer might take a disliking to.

It's a remnant of the Thatcher era and unsurprisingly Blair didn't get rid of it.
 
#10
The UK "doshocracy", like any other undemocratic, oligarchic system, thinks that all it has to do is introduce a law banning this, that or the other and the problem's solved. A very good example being the gun ban introduced by the last useless gobment. The method's never worked in the history of mankind, so why they think it'll work for them is beyond me.

MsG

At least the haven't reached the levels of Commie thought control yet eh Bugsy.
 
#11
Radio 2 sort of debating this at the moment (badly debating it if I'm honest).
 
#12
At least the haven't reached the levels of Commie thought control yet eh Bugsy.
I actually wonder just how much you know about "Commie thought-control", apart from what you've heard. But apart from your ignorance on that subject, how long will it be before some Plod somewhere arrests a bod and says: "S/he looked as if s/he was about to call me a prize prat". How can you defend yourself against an accusation like that? Especially when it comes from the Old Bill. An earlier poster was right: it's a catch-all for when the Old Bill don't like the look of you but can't find anything plausible to nick you for.

MsG
 
#13
At least the haven't reached the levels of Commie thought control yet eh Bugsy.

Oh Yeah! dont be to sure about that one matey, now that you,ve just mentioned it, some clever git will now start R&D on it.
 
#14
Communist states never controlled the thoughts of their luckless subjects; they just made the people too scared to express them. Soap operas, overpaid mongs kicking balls, and Britain's Got Apprentice X-Dancing on Fame seem to be keeping the masses nice and compliant over here, though.
 
#15
Communist states never controlled the thoughts of their luckless subjects; they just made the people too scared to express them. Soap operas, overpaid mongs kicking balls, and Britain's Got Apprentice X-Dancing on Fame seem to be keeping the masses nice and compliant over here, though.
That and a ludicrous welfare system, Hmm..."bread & circuses" Bread and circuses - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia the Romans have a lot to answer for!!
 
#16
No.

Many Laws are formed to reflect society and as such repealing a law can reflect further changes in society where there is no longer a requirement or that law.

So has this law been surpassed or has it simply been applied incorrectly, thus making it appear an inadequate law?

I would suggest the later and I would also suggest that this law is required in today's society as many of its members are lacking respect, self discipline and low morals.
 
#17
Scrap it....... along with half the laws brought in over the last 20 years or so that have not improved society in general but have made the legal proffession even more powerful and wealthy.
 
#18
Strange how the DHate didn't come up with any examples of where the law was applied correctly and effectively.

There's 'thought control' for you.
 
#19
The purpose of this law was for it to be a "catch all" that could potentially cover absolutely anything a police officer might take a disliking to.

It's a remnant of the Thatcher era and unsurprisingly Blair didn't get rid of it.
Absolutely goddamn right, to quote Captain Willard. However it seems that there has been a clear abdication of common sense in some of the more extreme examples of it's misuse as shown in the article.
The whole legal system needs a good coat of looking at IMO with some of the more pointless and outdated laws being repealed, ditto for many of the ill considered laws brought in by the last government, whose default position was to Ban and punish.
As another poster has already alluded to. You can make as many laws as you like but if they are unfit for purpose or misused then they become increasingly irrelevant and resented.
 

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