Wednesday, April 2, 2008

The Mis-Rule of Law

I thought the Sunday Independent was trying to get away with a pre-emptive April Fool story last weekend when they ran two items in the same edition. The first informed us that politicians were thinking of raising the legal drinking age to 21 and making parents legally liable for the behaviour of their adult children aged 18-20; and the second story told us that the Gardai can't handle all the new laws the politicians are introducing ...

Which got me thinking: have we too many former solicitors and barristers in government, suffering from a version of Field of Dreams: 'make it the law and they will comply'?

What about a compromise: make it the law that you can only introduce a new law if you remove an old one from the statute books? It might even help the Gardai do their job more effectively (as they would wish to).

1 comment:

  1. "What about a compromise: make it the law that you can only introduce a new law if you remove an old one from the statute books?"

    I've been saying this exact same thing about American lawyers and lawmakers for several years.

    Hope you have better luck than I have!

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