I have long held the view that the whole country would benefit from a moratorium on new legislation for at least two years.
All is fair in love and war and Parliamentary procedure.
I desire their liberty and freedom, as much as anybody: but I must tell you, that their liberty and freedom consists in having the Government of those laws, but which their life and their goods may be most their own; 'tis not for having share in government, Sirs, that is nothing pertaining to them. A subject and a sovereign are clean different things.
King Charles I 30/01/1649
Any attempts by any government to change Community legislation to its own wishes are doomed to failure following the extension of policy areas now subject to majority voting... In our opinion, this must have serious implications for the traditional view of Parliament as a legislative body sovereignty.
Margaret Thatcher 1993
Report of The Hansard Society's Commission on the Legislative Process, 1993