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Too many laws broken so easily

PUBLISHED: 11:20 26 September 2008 | UPDATED: 21:22 05 July 2010

IT might not get us a starring role on Crimewatch but, according to a new survey, most of us break the law every day.

Hardly Crime of the Century stuff but Mr, Miss and Mrs Average commits a crime at least once a day.

IT might not get us a starring role on Crimewatch but, according to a new survey, most of us break the law every day.

Hardly Crime of the Century stuff but Mr, Miss and Mrs Average commits a crime at least once a day. And most of the time we often don't even notice, or care, that we're offending.

It's so easy for us to fall foul of the law so effortlessly because there are too many laws restricting our every day lives.

We live in a law-mad society. Bans, restrictions and limits have been slapped on how we live at a ludicrous rate, telling us what we can't do, where we can't go and what to do when.

No wonder so many people are fleeing the country screaming enough is enough. We're paying sky-high prices to live in a nation with more restrictions than ever.

Then, to check we're doing what we're told, cameras are all around monitoring on our every move. A free and liberal society? In our dreams.

Surely if normally law-abiding ordinary people are breaking laws willy-nilly then most of these laws must be laws just for the sake of having a law, if you follow.

So much prohibition, restriction and penalties for actions perfectly acceptable in other countries.

Most new laws are for piffling offences - offences easy to solve. Good for police clear-up rates. Why wouldn't police concentrate on the easy-to-catch “criminals” who drive too fast, forget to clunk-click their seat belt or drop a cigarette butt on the grass verge if these “solved” crimes bring shining statistics.

Is it worth the effort to try to catch real criminals at all?

Only a couple of weeks ago a young mother was before the court for refusing to pay a £75 for dropping a piece of sausage roll on to a pavement as she tried to hand it to her four-year-old daughter.

The woman was charged with littering. There is littering - deliberately dropping eyesore rubbish - and accidentally dropping a bit of pastry. Pastry, if you please?

Mr, Miss and Mrs Average can tell the difference between pastry and rubbish. The law obviously can't. The law is an ass.

The case - how expensive was that? - was thrown out of court.

The top 20 crimes we commit daily include speeding (number one), speaking on a mobile when driving, dropping litter, illegally downloading music and cycling on pavements.

Taking a slug of water while driving or eating an apple at the wheel is another, parking on double yellow lines, cycling without lights after dark, smoking in a public place and not informing DVLA of a change of name or address.

Some people commit up to seven offences a week, according to the survey by www.onepoll.com . Its spokesman said it was worrying so many people weren't fazed by breaking the law.

Surely it's a case that too many laws have eroded their worth. Respect for upholding the law has been diluted because of the bombardment. Yawn. Yet another restriction. Am I bothered?

If we're becoming a nation of “criminals” isn't it time the government examined its gung-ho attitude to imposing even more? Like children, the more we're told we can't do something, the more tempting it is to do it.

We've had enough of being told what we can't do. Tell us what we can do, for a change. Like make some decisions for ourselves?

YET another tragedy of a vengeful father murdering his children purely to hurt his former partner.

This so-called crime of passion is the most evil crime. Declared by fathers separated from their children as final acts of desperation, they are becoming too common.

These men kill their children out of spite and deserve no sympathy, no empathy, no understanding.

In the latest tragedy of its kind, David Cass followed the actions of so many before him - he rang his estranged wife to taunt her, claiming he couldn't live without his two daughters and telling her they had “gone to sleep forever” before killing himself.

Two little girls, aged one and three, smothered by their father in revenge. Lives snuffed out to make their mother suffer.

Fathers separated from their children will claim he acted in despair. Despair, my eye. It is only ever pure spite.

He had the presence of mind to make a phone call, deliver the taunts, hear the terror in his former partner's voice and then kill in cold blood those tiny children he had a duty to protect.

No, these murders have nothing to do with love or despair but everything to do with selfish, self-obsessed machismo and pure anger and venom.

A GOVERNMENT priority is to give families £700 to get them on-line at home.

Considering how many children, already with Internet access, spend their time on-line, the money would be better spent paying them to avoid it and getting them outside to do something healthier instead.

SO we had our Indian summer of a couple of glorious days before the onset of autumn, although it was wasted on some.

“No one's bothered about summer now,” I overheard a woman this week talking to a friend enjoying in the sunshine. “It's long gone and we're all looking ahead to Christmas now.” Not all of us.

ONE in seven children struggles to write his or her name after a year at primary school, new figures show.

Hardly surprising considering teachers meet so many at the school gate who are barely toilet-trained, if at all, have never held a book or a knife and fork and are unable to string three words together.

SHE'S got trouble written all over her, that Jessie Wallace.

If anyone's going to set the feathers flying behind the scenes at this year's Strictly Come Dancing, it will be her. Watch out.

Already, she's apparently been bitching about her fellow “celebrities”, classier, slimmer and more successful than her.

Her claws are out. Even her hair's been cropped into the perfect villainess jet-black bob and her eyes have been kohl-lined to cat-like perfection.

Prepare for the sniping behind the sequins.

Let the showdowns begin.

CHANNEL 4's The Family was billed as a “fascinating insight into family life.”

As if we need to spy on another family for insight into the turmoil, stresses and angst that goes on around us every day at home.

But there is something weirdly compulsive about watching another family living out their humdrum lives.

Other people's dramas and traumas make us feel better about our lives. Watching the Hughes family is like looking in the mirror. They're just like us, we think - only worse.

Watching Jane and Simon Hughes fail hopelessly to get through to their wild child daughter Emily - and end up arguing with each other instead. Don't we all? - makes every other parent in the same boat feel a smidge more positive about his or her own situation.

But the best thing about it is that Channel 4 hasn't gone for the obvious dysfunctional family. It's chosen a (rare) long-married couple with four children of their own rather than be tempted by a complicated mix of families by various marriages and liaisons.

The Family will be a hit - although the Hughes family will probably rue the day they ever said yes to the cameras

YOU'RE a single woman struggling to pay the bills with no hope of owning your own home in a country with too much rain, winter on the way and too few prospects.

All the men you meet are weird, married or still live with their mum.

You see an advert for a new life in Australia. An advert promising good jobs, cheap property, warm weather, great beaches, quality lifestyle low crime and plenty of men - more than 50pc of its male population are single compared to 34.7pc here.

Why wouldn't you? Apart from the fact, of course, that antipodean men are among the most sexist, chauvinistic, bigoted and boorish in the world.

South Australia - with 300 days of sunshine a year and where the average house price is £182,000 - wants British women to seek new lives there.

What are you waiting for? Who needs the man bit with a package like that?

Go girls.

THE rules surrounding IVF treatment are about to change with couples entitled three free cycles.

Relationships come under certain scrutiny but the latest case of IVF “fraud” should set alarm bells ringing, particularly for men in two minds about their relationship.

One man discovered he'd become a “father” 10 years after giving sperm in a failed IVF bid with a former lover.

Desperate for a baby later, she went on to fake his signature and forged consent forms and had a son using previously frozen embryos.

He only discovered his existence when the CSA chased him for maintenance.

A case to ensure that everyone who goes into the traumatic and emotional cycles of IVF is aware of every possible outcome.

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