One half of Dick Cleggerton was on BBC Breakfast this morning attempting to hype up their Great Repeal Bill and it’s associated website. All was going swimmingly until Bill Turnbull asked him:
“So if everybody said for example, ‘get out of Europe,’ the Government would have to do it, right?”
Dick’s answer? “No.”
So what exactly is the point? Apart from the fact that some of the public clearly don’t understand the concept of reducing regulation, so brainwashed are they by the steady drip-drip of increasing State interference (one respondent wanted to get rid of football!) the government have just flat-out admitted on national television they will ignore any suggestions they don’t approve of, so you can forget suggesting they repeal the firearms acts, the European Communities Act or the smoking ban. The concessions you might get included something about grey squirrels and assorted other unimportant things. Oh, and he managed to squeeze in that the Bill was important to “send a message” too.
Now where have we heard those words before?