Parliament legislates too much. I am not looking for another long list of Bills regulating too many things. Indeed, top of my list are the Bills I do not want to see get the light of day.
I do not want a Bill to enshrine levels of overseas aid in law. These should be settled each year in the Budget like other spending. I want us to get the deficit down before committing more cash to this cause.
I do not want a Communications Bill offering government surveillance over our use of the internet. The authorities should snoop under warrant on those who may threaten our society, not on everyone else.
I do not want a Bill to impose a minimum alcohol price. Whilst too many getting drunk does cause problems for our society, a minimum price only stops the poor and honest from getting drunk, not the rest.
I do not want a Bill to regulate cigarette packets.
I do not want a Bill to undertake the next stage of HS2. I want this delayed until the structural budget deficit has been removed.
I would like a Referendum Bill, a Repeal Bill to remove needless and costly regulations, and a Bill to free us to have an energy policy based on cheaper energy.
Government needs to spend more time sorting out public sector management, standards, quality and extent of its functions rather than adding more laws to the Statute book. It needs to redouble its efforts to curb spending to get the deficit down.
What would you like? And Yes, you can say repeal of the 1972 European Communities Act.