Three controversial Bills which we have been commenting on have now gained their Royal Assent and are now the law of the land. Will any of the Opposition parties make manifesto commitments to repeal these Acts in part, or entirely ?
It is utterly depressing that the Terrorism Act 2006 and the Identity Cards Act 2006 have now passed into law when they are such bad written pieces of legislation which will criminalise innocent people, but will fail to catch many of the serious criminals and terrorists which the Labour Government pretends to itself that they are aimed at.
They are another "rod for our own backs" in the hands of a future, even more repressive Government than this Labour one, which seems to be proving that "the road to hell is paved with good intentions"..
Why are they letting the terrorists and other enemies of this country win a propaganda victory, by destroying the freedoms and liberties which used to differentiate us from authortarian police states ?
Mr. Deputy Speaker (Sir Alan Haselhurst): I have to notify the House, in accordance with the Royal Assent Act 1967, that the Queen has signified her Royal Assent to the following Acts:
Appropriation Act 2006
Council Tax (New Valuation Lists for England) Act 2006
Merchant Shipping (Pollution) Act 2006
Criminal Defence Service Act 2006
National Insurance Contributions Act 2006
Terrorism Act 2006
London Olympic Games and Paralympic Games Act 2006
Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006
Consumer Credit Act 2006
Identity Cards Act 2006
Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act 2006
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