I could not prove the point but I just felt that The Labour Party, New Labour, spent most of their time legislating to get things in the order they wanted. In the world of carrots and sticks this would be the stick.
Then I tripped over a great little quiz about law on the BBC website. One of the questions asked was, “How many Acts of Parliament have been passed since 1801, based on estimates calculated by House of Commons researchers?” The answers is 3,679, but that is only a best guess. Nobody is quite sure.
So, how many have been passed by Labour since it came to power in 1997? The answer is a truly staggering 460. Put another way that is 12% of all legislation since the 1801 Act of Union.
Yes, you can feel the stick now can’t you?