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These ludicrous, and sinister, snooping laws

Source: Daily Mail

In our long climb out of the darkness of despotism, some moments shine out particularly brightly. One of these was Sir Edward Coke’s majestic judgment in 1604 that ‘The house of every one is to him as his castle and fortress, as well for his defence against injury and violence as for his repose.’

Without a private place in which to live his life and raise his family, a man is not free. If the State can march in when it feels like it, then we live in a tyranny.

We all accept that sometimes the police may need to force their way into a house. But it is hard to see why we now need 1,043 separate laws allowing thousands of State inspectors to enter our homes against our will.

Among the pretexts for these State-sponsored home invasions are the supposed need to check that unregulated hypnotism is taking place – or if rabbits or dancing bears are present. Various bodies are also empowered to examine pot plants, fridges and hedges.

This dangerous, nosy-parker rubbish results from the simple-minded good intentions of politicians, who pretend to be able to solve all the problems of the world but in the end can only pass new laws for others to implement and suffer. Yet, as it mounts up into a substantial hill of new powers, it ceases to be silly and becomes sinister.

The time has come for a bonfire of such powers – and a resolve by Ministers to think before they regulate.

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