election debate

If I could repeal one law...


As part of our Election 2015 State of the Nation debates, we've asked a variety of commentators to suggest the one law or policy - existing or proposed - they would like to scrap.

We'll be adding a new contribution to the debate every day for the rest of the election campaign.

Join the debate

Have your say on each of the suggestions to date via our Facebook page. If you've got your own idea for a law that should be confined to the legislative dustbin of history, contact Rob Lyons.

Thursday 7 May 2015

Don't lower the voting age to 16

Simon Knight

When younger teenagers aren't trusted to buy booze or cigarettes, how can they choose the government? READ MORE

Wednesday 6 May 2015

Scrap the Curriculum for Excellence

Penny Lewis

The fine tradition of academic education in Scotland's schools has been demolished in favour of 'transferable skills' and therapeutic self-esteem boosting. READ MORE

Tuesday 5 May 2015

The Equality Act: unequal and unfair

Fiona Bulmer

Far from tackling prejudice, this misguided law makes it official policy to distinguish between us based on our age, gender, race and sexual orientation. READ MORE

Tuesday 5 May 2015

Turning teachers into warders

Tom Strong

The Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act is creating a climate of suspicion in our schools. READ MORE

Friday 1 May 2015

Scrap the National Student Survey

Ruth Mieschbuehler

Universities should be built round knowledge, not the 'student experience'. READ MORE

Thursday 30 April 2015

A state-appointed guardian for every child? No thanks.

Stuart Waiton

Scotland's 'named person' legislation means constant intrusion into family life. READ MORE

Wednesday 29 April 2015

Imprisoning football fans for singing the wrong song

Kevin Rooney

Scotland's Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications Act is an astonishing assault on free speech. READ MORE

Tuesday 28 April 2015

The law to end all laws

Frank Fisher

UK elections are largely pointless now because we have handed sovereignty over to the EU. READ MORE

Monday 27 April 2015

Mandatory reporting of FGM is a bad idea

Brid Hehir

The Serious Crime Act could undermine the relationship between professionals and the people they are trying to help. READ MORE

Friday 24 April 2015

A dangerous redefinition of rape

Luke Gittos

A New Labour law designed to make rape convictions easier undermines a crucial principle: only punishing people for what they intend to do. READ MORE

Thursday 23 April 2015

Give us back the freedom to build

Paul Reeves

The Town and Country Planning Acts turned planning from a vision of how to build into a framework for constraint. READ MORE

Wednesday 22 April 2015

A law without limits

Josie Appleton

The Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act is the biggest threat to civil liberties in Britain for many years. READ MORE

Tuesday 21 April 2015

Time to apply some peer pressure

Colin Tweedy

A second chamber may be a good idea, but Britain's unelected House of Lords is an undemocratic anachronism. READ MORE

Monday 20 April 2015

A terrifying anti-terror law

Tara McCormack

The Counter-Terrorism and Security Act undermines the democracy and freedoms it claims to defend, says Tara McCormack. READ MORE

Friday 17 April 2015

A threatening and abusive law

Tom Slater

By criminalising our words, the Public Order Act 1986 is undermining free speech, says Tom Slater. READ MORE

Thursday 16 April 2015

Patients should not be coerced into treatment

Dr Alex Thomson

Those with mental-health issues deserve the same rights as everyone else. We must scrap the Mental Health Act 1983, says Dr Alex Thomson. READ MORE

Wednesday 15 April 2015

The dangers of anti-bullying policies

Helene Guldberg

Efforts to guard children from unpleasant experiences have gone too far. READ MORE

Tuesday 14 April 2015

The equality law that reinforces discrimination

Adrian Hart

The Equality Act 2010 is utterly divisive, says author Adrian Hart. READ MORE

Monday 13 April 2015

Scrap the Climate Change Act

Ben Pile

Researcher and writer Ben Pile says the CCA is the worst example of how politicians have distanced government from democracy. READ MORE

Friday 10 April 2015

The state should butt out of our bad habits

Christopher Snowdon

The smoking ban is the pinnacle of authoritarian puritanism. READ MORE

Thursday 9 April 2015

Human Rights Act? Wrong.

Jon Holbrook

Barrister Jon Holbrook on why the HRA needs to be scrapped for the sake of democracy. READ MORE

Wednesday 8 April 2015

Abolish Ofsted!

Dennis Hayes

Professor Dennis Hayes argues that it's time the government's education inspectors got the chop. READ MORE

Tuesday 7 April 2015

It's time to decriminalise abortion

Ellie Lee

In the first contribution to our Election 2015 debate, Ellie Lee argues that it's time to repeal an out-of-date Victorian law. READ MORE