PM “trying to legislate his way in to history”

Leader of the Liberal Democrats Menzies Campbell has accused the Government of ‘statutory addiction’ and commented that this Queen’s Speech was ‘remarkably similar to those which have gone before’.

Menzies Campbell said:

After nearly ten years in office the government and the Prime Minister are still chasing the same elusive goals and the same elusive headlines.

This is a rush from judgement towards legislation. The government suffers from a statutory addiction.

This is a Prime Minister trying to legislate his way into history.
Before the Prime Minister was elected he told us that his priority was education, education, education.

Since he was elected his priority has proved to be legislation, legislation, legislation.

Menzies Campbell emphasised the need for the government to legislate less and better. Specifically focusing on Home Affairs he stated:

Devoting time, resources and scrutiny of complex problems such as anti-social behaviour could be more effectively addressed by one piece of legislation rather than the four already passed and the one proposed in this Queen’s Speech.

As a solution for increased legislation he called for a Freedom Act that would instead seek to repeal particular legislation, he said:


We need a regular effective system of repeal of legislation which has served its purpose.

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  • I live in hope that the Queen will say “this year my government will bring no new bills forward, but concentrate on getting the last lot to work properly.”

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