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Stupidity is catching and infecting our criminal laws

Upsettingly, parliament legislating with a flirty wink to the popular press is not a rarity as perhaps it should be, writes Secret Barrister

22 March 2016

To anyone clinging to the naïve belief that the enlightenment project is succeeding, I recommend observing the standard of private member's Bills proposed by our elected representatives. In particular, this month's highlight comes from backbench Conservative MPs, and professional trolls, Peter Bone, Philip Hollobone, and Philip Davies.

Their Bill - officially the Foreign National Offenders Bill, but introduced by Mr Hollobone in parliament as the 'Send Them All Back Bill' - provided for the automatic deportation of any foreign national convicted of an imprisonable offence.

The misspelt Bill specified that it mattered not whether the defendant actually received a prison sentence, the test was simply whether the offence carried a theoretical sentence of imprisonment, however remote the possibility of it being imposed. The effect would be that someone taking their child out of scho...

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