Corona virus regulations
A ‘motion of regret’ directed at the Covid-19 regulations (the Lords way of giving the government a slap on the wrists) was rejected by the Lords despite a lot of angry Conservative peers as Labour abstained.
that the coercive elements of the Act should be repealed (Section 51 and Schedule 21). They are no longer necessary, arguably were never necessary, and have never been used lawfully
. The Crown Prosecution Service took the unprecedented step of regularly reviewing every prosecution made under the Act, and not a single prosecution was lawful. People have been wrongly prosecuted and wrongly convicted under this rushed and chaotic legislation and Jenny maintains that any law which results in 100% wrongful convictions should be immediately repealed!
The government is using draconian powers to deal with the Covid-19 crisis instead of putting its energy into generating agreement. The result has been rushed laws that are a 100% misapplied, along with whole blocks of legislation that have been passed but never used. Parliament was bounced into passing the laws without scrutiny and the government has then never allowed for any. At no point in the last six months have the Lords debated the current rules on Covid-19, as by the time they are scheduled for discussion, the government are already operating under a new set.
for the repeal of those sections in the Act that allow the government to delay the local and Mayoral elections, instead calling on the Government to publish a plan for elections to go ahead safely in 2021.
We should be seeing significant elements of the Act repealed now, replaced by an economic plan and a way forward. Where is the thinking about how this is a chance to support small independent businesses up and down the land and flourishing newly peopled communities?
What were once commuter centres empty most of the time are now humming, with chances for outdoor cafes, catering vans, print and home-office services and computer support, with something like a 15-minute commute - a social and community environmental ideal - to level up by spreading economic activity to every community in the land?