UK Liberty

The Honest and Straightforward Titling of Legislation Act

I call for a bill to require our great leaders to honestly name their legislation.

I like things that do what they say on the tin.

Here are some examples:

(Ok, that was a bit long-winded)

  • The Terrorism and Anti-Heckling and Possibility of Being Arrested for Wearing a T-Shirt Act
  • The Serious (except for Armed Robbery) and Not So Serious Crimes Such As Unauthorised Salmon Fishing Bill
  • The Anti-terrorism, Crime, Security, and Indefinite Detention of Foreigners Without Trial Act
  • The Prevention of Terrorism and House Arrest Without Trial Act
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  1. Watching Them, Watching Us said, on May 7, 2007 at 2:12 pm

    “Open Government” the very first episode of “Yes, Minister” broadcast by the BBC on 25 February 1980 contains the quote:

    Sir Humphrey Appleby: “Always get rid of the difficult bit in the title – it does less harm there than in the text”

    Also in the same episode is:

    Sir Arnold Robinson: “My dear boy, it is a contradiction in terms: you can be open or you can have government.”

  2. ukliberty said, on May 8, 2007 at 9:07 am

    I keep forgetting there are valuable lessons to be learned from “Yes, Minister”.

  3. […] Or eat a cake, or wear a T-shirt? … […]


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