Thursday, December 12, 2013

Safe at last

Well I'm off the hook, a law which pretty much describes me has been taken off the statute books, although only the description applies...
Incorrigible rogues can sleep safely at night - it is no longer a criminal offence to be one in England and Wales.
''Being an incorrigible rogue'', under the Vagrancy Act 1824, is one of 309 offences to be repealed and removed from the statute book in the year up until May. This is compared to 201 offences repealed in the previous 12 month period.
Other crimes removed in the period include ''solemnising marriage outside specified hours'' under the Marriage Act 1949, which was repealed by the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012, which removed restrictions on the time of day marriages or civil partnerships can take place.
The figures released by the Ministry of Justice show only one offence - ''conspire to sell/transfer a pistol it being a prohibited weapon'' - had any prosecutions from January 2008 to September 2013, with a total of 16 prosecutions between 2011 and 2012.
Mind you, I suspect there are any number of other laws I could be found guilty of, that's what's unique about UK justice, if the police wish to arrest you, they can, they may not be able to hold you very long, but yes, they can arrest you.
So yes my family see me in part as an incorrigible rogue, if only because of my political views and libertarian leanings. Mostly they think I'm a daft old bugger of course and I'm pretty sure that one is still an offence on the statute books.
Of course the really bad thing about losing 309 laws which had little or no meaning or use in today's society is that...
A total of 327 new criminal offences were created in the same period, a 12% increase compared with the previous 12 months.
And I rather suspect that most if not all of those 327 laws will be used to full effect and many were EU laws passed on the nod by our feckless MP's.
Thing is, we mostly do not need specific laws targeting areas that existing laws already cover, this is why hasty law is bad law. All we need are a few laws properly applied, but sadly politicians are control freaks and will simply not leave well enough alone.
Still, at least I can get on with being an incorrigible rogue in peace now...

2 annotations:

James Higham said...

Bound to be a dozen new ones you've broken. See you inside.

Anonymous said...

You, like me and others that read and post here are guilty of the most terrible crime that our slave master cant think of - Free born Englishmen, oh and Englishwomen.

Ditto James Higham