November 08, 2006

How to label a goat

This soon to be published book about the lunacy of over-regulation sounds like a must read. At a guess there will not much there that is new, but it will be handy to have lunacies brought together, and if it generates more press articles that will be welcome too.

Good also to see the EU mentioned in the review, and it will be interesting to see how largely it figures in the book.
In the 12 months to May 2006, the Government passed 3,621 separate pieces of legislation. That's 72,400 pages, plus a further 26,200 pages of explanatory notes – around 100,000 in total. Just 29 were acts of parliament, while 3,592 were so-called 'statutory instruments', new laws passed without any reference to our democratically-elected representatives. Red tape, arbitrarily handed down from on high.

In September 2005, Jose Manuel Barroso, head of the European Commission, announced a crackdown on nonsense regulation. He said 69 proposed laws would be reviewed and some might be scrapped. This piffling bureaucratic bonfire will leave around 22,000 EU regulations, a number that continues to rise exponentially.
I'm hoping the book will add that Commissioner Verheugen can't deliver even this pathetic aspiration.

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