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Instant Police State. Just add water.

Posted by Jason O on Jan 27, 2010 in British Politics |

From the British Civil Contingencies Act 2004. You can see it here. With the stroke of a pen, a British government can do the following. I particularly like the “other specified activities” whatever that means. Reading The Guardian? 

“(b) provide for or enable the requisition or confiscation of property (with or without compensation);

(c) provide for or enable the destruction of property, animal life or plant life (with or without compensation);

(d) prohibit, or enable the prohibition of, movement to or from a specified place;

(e) require, or enable the requirement of, movement to or from a specified place;

(f) prohibit, or enable the prohibition of, assemblies of specified kinds, at specified places or at specified times;

(g) prohibit, or enable the prohibition of, travel at specified times;

(h) prohibit, or enable the prohibition of, other specified activities;

(i) create an offence of—

(i) failing to comply with a provision of the regulations;

(ii) failing to comply with a direction or order given or made under the regulations;

(iii) obstructing a person in the performance of a function under or by virtue of the regulations;”

1 Comment

Wan
Jan 28, 2010 at 8:19 pm

“Instant Police State. Just add water” Very good description and quite scary. Does the bill delegate the power to a minister or does the use of the provisions need to go through Parliament? If it goes to a minister, the minister in question could be the next supreme ruler of the U.K.! It really does show you the value of a written constitution.


 

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