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Date Posted: 12:10:38 11/22/04 Mon
In reply to: Ed Harris (Venezia) 's message, "What were the 1999 and 2000 pieces of legislation about?" on 12:00:23 11/22/04 Mon
The 1999 regionalisation of the UK for the Euro elections and the reduction in age of consent amongst other things.
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Date Posted: 12:17:56 11/22/04 Mon
I can vaguely see some justification in the use of the Parliament Act for those two. The first one deals with the electoral system, and the second with consolidating the individual rights of minorities. But using it for foxhunting strikes me as being for the exact opposite purpose: restricting the individual rights of minorities. A bit sinister, that.
The thought occurs, though, that if they wanted to make the age of consent the same for homosexuals as heterosexuals, then they could have proposed raising the heterosexual one into conformity with the homosexual one, i.e., 18. Alternatively, they could have gone with the Portuguese option and made both so young that no-one is worried about equality, since 12 and 13 year olds are very rarely imbued with the "Wilkes and Liberty" rhetoric!
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