Over the last 12 years, this Labour government has passed nearly 500 Acts of Parliament; six on immigration, eight on terrorism, twelve on education, eleven on health and social care, and twenty-five on criminal justice. It has created new criminal offences at a rate of nearly one a day (helpfully pointed out yesterday by Philip Johnston) and over 1000 quangos.
As citizens we are entitled to ask, does all this extra legislation make our country any better-governed? Has this legion of new laws solved the problems in our society? Has more government action been the answer?
Or is it more evidence of that New Labour trick of always wanting to be seen to be acting, or announcing or re-announcing a new policy or initiative, rather than actually doing something that will make a real difference to people up and down our country?