Saturday, 4 March 2017
spidery laws and de-duplication
I'm still going through the archaeology expedition in the garage.
I've adopted an approach which has since been copied by the American government. I call it 2 into 1. It is an intermediate stage of rationalisation, which should really be using the full Marie Kondo Spark Joy method, but I need to make enough space for that to be viable.
Hence take two of something with similar characteristics and reduce it by half. The Americans are supposed to be doing it with their legislation. I completely get what has happened and how everything has increased, much like the way that EU legislation has blossomed.
It is a lot easier to get busy around a new thing than to worry about all the repercussions in already existing things. That's how new laws get made but ancient ones don't get repealed. Actually even some fairly modern ones are a bit weird...The Salmon Act of 1986 made ‘illegal to handle salmon under suspicious circumstances’ and there's still that 'don't shake a mat towards the street' after 8am law in London.
Of course they are the more well-known examples; when all the Brexit stuff has to be adapted I suspect there could be a n awful lot more overlapping legislation. Perhaps some of the legal eagles will see this as a new business opportunity in the future. Rule reduction. Law lessening. Act adjusting. It'll probably be called something more complex like non-destructive reductive de-obfuscation. NDRDO. There could be a whole department.
And why the picture of the railway? It's at the back of the garage, although my iPhone pictures show that the spiders have been having fun around it.