July 1, 2010: Freedom To Change The Law?
The coalition government has offered the chance for any citizen to nominate laws we would like to see abolished.
The Cabinet Office has launched the Your Freedom website so that anyone can suggest ideas on restoring liberties that have been lost, repealing unnecessary laws.
The website states that it "Your ideas will inform government policy and some of your proposals could end up making it into bills we bring before Parliament to change the law." One the first day of the website, 2,205 ideas, 7,419 comments and 18,000 votes were submitted.
One of the ideas suggested by a website contributor is that the government "legalise cannabis for over 18's, allow companies to cultivate crops and sell (including VAT) for less than the going rate on the illegal drug market. Price the dealers out of the market."
Everybody is invited to submit their ideas, comment on other people’s ideas and rate suggestions. It is suggested that relevant departments will consider all suggestions and respond to the most popular workable ideas, with a Freedom Bill expected in the autumn that will take into account the views expressed on the Your Freedom website.