If you could pass one law, just one, what would it be?

(39 Posts)
kickassangel Sat 04-May-13 00:43:54

And it must be fairly specific, so can't just be that everyone must be nice to everyone.

Please state, law , purpose, possible complications/details as necessary.

Mine: any person who had sex and became a parent would be financially liable for 50 % of money to raise that person until they were independent.

Purpose: hopefully, people would not have unprotected sex but would think about the outcomes of their actions, and one parent couldn't bugger off and make the other live in penury whilst they dodged the CSA.

Details: DNA tests would be necessary, some parents would need benefits to help them pay, women would have to have private counseling before a termination to prevent coercion. The child would be considered independent at age 18 or when leaving school. I cases of rape, the rapist would be liable for 100% of costs to raise child. Absolutely no link between the duty to pay and any rights to see the child.

What law would you pass?

Dervel Sat 04-May-13 07:40:38

Very good post idea, hmmmm what to pick? Oh I know:

Mine: A law to address income disparity between men/women.

Purpose: To ensure men and women are paid equally for doing the same jobs, and to address the problem that low paying jobs have disproportionately more women working them than men, and that the reverse is true with high income jobs.

Details: In instances where men and women hold the same job position the company is legally required to ensure the wages match. In addition a government subsidy should be introduced to allow women working low income jobs to receive free part time education, to improve their marketable skill sets. This subsidy would exist for as long as the disparity remains, and would allow one applicant free education for one course of study.

OrbisNonSufficit Sat 04-May-13 08:24:36

Mine: a law stating that the make up of the House of Commons and House of Lords must reflect the country at the time (male/female, religion incl atheism, ethnic background, socioeconomic background).

Purpose: promote equality of legislature and governance through law-makers coming from a representative cross-section. Encourage genuine representation through varied viewpoints. Force political parties to abandon old boys networks.

Details: would need some leeway as there aren't that many parliamentarians and it would be ridiculous to argue over the 'token Sikh' for example, and obviously parties can't fully control who gets voted for. Could be a percentage tolerance and averaging over a number of parliaments. Should not be candidates submitted to elections though as minorities may just be given the seats that can't be won. Also might need to be introduced gradually, with full alignment taking a number of years, as sitting members can't be immediately removed without disastrously destabilising the country.

namechangeguy Sat 04-May-13 09:23:35

All UK earnings and income to be taxed in the UK. This goes for companies and individuals. No non-dom tax rates, no offshore accounting, no paying back of 'loans' or other financial arrangements to parent companies in tax havens abroad. If you don't want to do business in the UK, then don't let the door hit your arse on the way out. Bankers, oligarchs, multinationals who don't like it - bye bye.

SconeRhymesWithGone Sat 04-May-13 15:29:39

I would pass a law establishing marriage equality in my US state so that gay people would have the right to marry here. (Marriage laws, for the most part, are state matters in the US; currently nine states and the District of Columbia allow gay marriage.)

For my law to be fully effective though, the federal Defense of Marriage Act would have to be repealed or declared unconstitutional (currently before the Supreme Court).

MousyMouse Sat 04-May-13 15:33:14

mandatory (paid) paternity leave, so that women can go back to work earlier leaving dc at home (if they wish to)

Abra1d Sat 04-May-13 15:39:21

I believe there are too many laws as it is. I would prefer to abolish one silly and/or confusing law.

interestonly Sat 04-May-13 15:40:44

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dopeysheep Sat 04-May-13 16:10:14

Anyone with a child under a year old has to dress said child in an amusing animal costume at least once a month.

dublinrose37 Sat 04-May-13 17:08:03

I would legalise abortion on demand. Its makes me so angry that I live in a country where having an abortion comes with a 14 year jail term.

OvaryAction Sat 04-May-13 18:41:43

I'd like to introduce a law which moves the criminal justice system towards a more restorative approach.

Hopefully it would be more therapeutic for victims, would reduce repeat offences, free up prison spaces and give people a chance to correct and atone for their actions.

Childrenofthestones Sat 04-May-13 21:51:16

I would make it illegal to put a girl through the horror of female circumcision, and make it punishable by imprisonment of say...14yrs.

Oh wait!!!!

kim147 Sat 04-May-13 21:57:44

I'd pass a law that any Minister in charge of education should actually have extensive time as a classroom teacher. Same goes for OFSTED inspectors.

Why - so they can actually see and understand the reality.

(I know it's not very feminist but there we go).

Corygal Sat 04-May-13 22:00:50

Law: Knocking, pushing or shoving at people in the street should be made illegal and carry penalties similar to a low level of assault.

Purpose: to strip street-slammers and others who shove their way through life of money or respect.

Details: They either get a fine, or alternatively have to attend Pavement Safety, a one-day course run by Corygal. This course includes one sharp, very sore slap across the face or body. Followed with few spiteful smacks with a shopping bag that leave them shaken and trembling.

Then Corygal sends them home to be unsteadied, jolted and pushed on public transport. On arrival, they are advanced upon by a large child with a scooter.

Corygal Sat 04-May-13 22:04:22

Oh, and in support of my new law, I note that the police have arrested the 'rushed' commuter who shoved a man under a train on the tube last Xmas. He's up for murder.

Corygal Sat 04-May-13 22:07:40

interestonly - would you use the profits from cannabis sale to set up special psychosis units for those who get schizophrenia from using it?

And long-term housing units for the consequently non-functional mentally ill?

interestonly Sat 04-May-13 22:13:13

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Lorelei353 Sat 04-May-13 22:14:44

I'd like to see good relationship education become compulsory with a mandatory curriculum.

Purpose is to teach kids about healthy relationships with people and especially people they're in a relationship. It would empower young people to say no to sexual activity they're not comfortable with, it would teach them not to pressurise others into things they don't want to to, it would help identify controlling, abusive or bullying behaviour, it would teach young boys not to verbally harass girls... So many issues could be addressed.

notcitrus Sat 04-May-13 22:35:12

Probably relationship education as well. And remove the opt-out for sex/relationship education that parents can use at the moment.

SconeRhymesWithGone Sun 05-May-13 14:42:01

I'd like to see good relationship education become compulsory with a mandatory curriculum.

This is required in my state, I am happy to say:

"The health education curriculum for students in grades 7 through 12 shall include a teen dating violence and abuse component that includes, but is not limited to, the definition of dating violence and abuse, the warning signs of dating violence and abusive behavior, the characteristics of healthy relationships, measures to prevent and stop dating violence and abuse, and community resources available to victims of dating violence and abuse."

kickassangel Sun 05-May-13 15:16:33

I like the idea that parliament should reflect the population. Maybe to avoid the issues of being voted in, ther could be a super special secret grip which IS representative, who read all. Bills first and approve them before they get passed? There's a lot to be said for people not having to worry about gaining the popular vote and just making decision made on their principles.

Salbertina Sun 05-May-13 15:24:01

Free provision of sanitary products and condoms worldwide endorsed and promoted by the church inc the catholic church.. A v big ask, am aware and impossible to legislate for.

Imagine the results though- girls in developing countries wdnt miss school or get pregnant as young thereby massively improving their life chances. HIV rates would plummet. Longterm huge cost-saving on health/unwanted children/unskilled workforce oh to be president of the world!

Legalise all drugs. This will almost get rid of drug criminality.

Means test pensions.

All companies to publish ALL salaries.

<3 laws, I'm greedy> grin

FreyaSnow Sun 05-May-13 15:33:33

I would change laws around housing - Longer tenancies, some kind of rent capping, higher standards of new builds, improvement of current housing stock and creation of more social housing.

Sparrowp Sun 05-May-13 18:40:16

I agree with quite a lot of these!

Interest - yes good idea. I think we would gain a lot, and save ££, if people took this up, for example if everyone left the pub relaxed and chilled out, instead of looking for a fight.

CoalDustWoman Sun 05-May-13 19:11:50

Sexual offences trials to be inquisitorial rather than adversial.

Because , in effect, the current laws require the victim to convince a jury that they did not consent, rather than the defendant explaining how they thought they gained it. And juries seem to be shit at consent stuff when it comes to sex.

It would overturn our whole system of justice.

Before enacting that law, i would rather the whole populace were educated in the concepts of consent and enthusiastic participation, then perhaps it wouldn't be necessary, given that juries would then have a clue and the CPS would have more faith in bringing cases to trial.

beansmum Tue 07-May-13 00:16:36

Abortion on demand (with counselling/medical advice to ensure informed consent) until birth

Purpose: fairly obvious. So no one has to be pregnant if they don't want to be.

Complications: No one would ever pass this law.

BlackSwan7 Sun 12-May-13 13:55:14

A law that will give women absolute and complete control over their bodies.

No woman can ever be denied an abortion or any form of birth control. There will be no clause in my law to excuse doctors on the basis of religious/moral/personal beliefs. If a woman asks for an abortion or birth control they have to give it to her. There will also be no clause for spousal consent or right to in formation. Her body, her business, her choice.

A pregnant woman will be fully in control of her healthcare decisions and nobody can override her choices. She has control over how and where she gives birth- whether it's in the middle or a forest or in a high tech obstetric ward. Her decision is final- if wants a home birth, she gets one. If she wants an elective cesarean, she gets one. If she wants an epidural, they cannot deny her. This will extend to even small things like who can or cannot be in the room when she is being examined or giving birth.

NO MEANS NO. This needs to be understood by HCPs as much as by rapists and abusers. When a woman refuses to consent to a form or treatment, you cannot force it on her anyway. Similarly, when she requests treatment you have to agree to her demand unless it steps completely out of the bounds of safety.

The current model gives far too many rights to doctors and very little rights to women. I would want to strip doctors of the rights they have and give women the autonomy that they deserve. A medical degree should not give anyone the power to make decisions for a woman's body and health or to override her preferences in matters which affect her person.

BlackSwan7 Sun 12-May-13 13:57:35

I would also want to pass a law that would make it compulsory for governments to provide free childcare to all working women. No woman should have to give up her career and dreams because she is now a mother.

ithaka Sun 12-May-13 14:11:31

I would pass a law that being an MP was like jury service or national service - we all had to serve in parliament for a period of, say, 4 years of our life, whether we wanted to or not.

It would get ride of self serving politicians.
Get rid of policies pandering to prejudice in order to win votes
Ensure and equal and representative house
Anyone that wants to be a politician seems to be the worst person to actually be one, so this would solve it.
No more expensive elections. Job done.

BlackSwan7 Sun 12-May-13 14:14:56

^ Very interesting.

Startail Sun 12-May-13 14:32:58

All work places to offer term time only jobs, flexible hours and home home working if possible.
All work places to offer holiday jobs for students and mentoring for youngsters who find entering the work place difficult.

It is ridiculous that part of the workforce work insane hours while others are unemployed or want longer hours, but lack of flexibility their hands.

Startail Sun 12-May-13 14:38:00

Ties their hands.

Also OK I know I'm not allowed 2, but it's strongly related.

Sort out the benefits system so it isn't a barrier to work.

DF with depression wanted to slowly increase her hours. The 15hr rule made this almost impossible.

Lads next door do lots of temporary stuff and signing on and of benefits is the most ridiculous rigmarole, heaven knows who much the admin costs!

Greensleeves Sun 12-May-13 14:45:15

Law: make all physical chastisement of children illegal

Purpose: to give children the same protection as everyone else against being physically assaulted and intimidated

Zero tolerance - no smacking, hitting, yanking, shoving, putting soap in mouths etc. Same legal penalties as assault against other vulnerable groups eg the elderly and disabled.

Difficult to enforce, yes, but sends the right message and is long overdue imo.

50shadesofvomit Sun 12-May-13 15:04:46

Make non-payment of child maintenance a criminal offence.

JumpingJackSprat Sun 12-May-13 15:14:58

National curriculum to.include first aid for all children above the age of say 12.

50shadesofvomit Mon 13-May-13 17:46:03

I agree with loads of these. I think we need an MNer as an MP.

SconeRhymesWithGone Tue 14-May-13 19:08:27

From my previous post: "Marriage laws, for the most part, are state matters in the US; currently nine states and the District of Columbia allow gay marriage."

As of today, it will be 12 states.

exoticfruits Tue 14-May-13 19:19:21

I would pass a law that being an MP was like jury service or national service - we all had to serve in parliament for a period of, say, 4 years of our life, whether we wanted to or not

I can't see it would work-I would loathe it and so wouldn't make much effort-in the same way that I would hate National Service and not put much into it. Jury service is OK because I know very few people who have been called, I haven't, and it is short. A month of being an MP would be OK -but hardly useful.

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