Absolutely brilliant post from my friend Brian Micklethwait on the British Attorney General, Baroness Scotland, being in trouble (or not) for hiring an illegal immigrant and why he objects to her and why he doesn’t:
I wouldn’t have any problem with someone hiring an illegal immigrant to look after their home. I may well have done this myself. All sorts of Eastern European ladies have had the grim task of cleaning up after me, over the years. If any of them were illegal, I don’t give an aeronautically unchallenged act of heterosexual intercourse. I did nothing wrong, and they were all excellent people, better people than me, every one of them, and more than worthy of the sums of money I happily paid them. If any policeman wants to make something of that, well, that could be just the injection of excitement that this blog has long needed to bring it alive and propel it towards the big time.
Which is all part of why the saner sort of policeman doesn’t want to enforce all these [Baroness] Scotland laws. Which in its turn is all part of how the law suffers. In theory, all kinds of things are now illegal. In reality, you can do them with impunity, so long as you don’t make the mistake of Looking At Someone Important in a Funny Way. Then, they find out what laws you are breaking, confident that you are breaking a few, and set to work ruining your life.
So, I really would not care whether Ms Scotland lied about seeing the relevant documentation of her maybe-illegal cleaner, were it not for the fact that she is part - rather an important part if her title is anything to go by […] - of this horrible law-machine churning out legal chewing gum for us all to get caught up in.
The true culprit here is an idea, which says that if there is a problem then the politicians must do something. They must “crack down”, “take action”, and so on. And the only way for them to crack down and take action is to pass a new law, forbidding more stuff, and obligating more stuff.
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