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Legally Stunned – Silly Laws in UK
This is part 2 of Legally Stunned. Part 1 was Legally Stunned – When the legal system doesn’t make any sense
Councils in UK are soon getting the power to revoke outdated Bylaws and create new ones. Laws are to be taken seriously, but you will understand why some laws are referred to as “silly”. I mean no disrespect. It's just the way most people refer to them. Some are set out below:
Some current Laws as at 04 Sept 2010
Whistable 1956 – Drying Clothes
In some areas of Kent, Whistable, people are not allowed to dry clothes outside the house.
Blackpool 1887 – No Carpet Beating
Blackpool - Tourist place. (has a promenade & beach) This law prevents carpets from being beaten on the promenade.
Gloucester 1968 – Frying Fish
This regulates the frying of fish
Over 100 years
Aylesbury - No Music
This law makes it illegal to play a musical instrument within 100 yards of a Hospital.
All of the laws above are in place now but look like they will be abolished and new ones implemented.
Some other Silly Laws we have had in the UK but thankfully have been abolished are:
- Scolding Law - 1585
This made it illegal for women to “cause a nuisance with abusive or argumentative language”. A woman guilty of scolding had to wear a scold’s bridle, or metal cage, enclosing her head. The Criminal Law Act of 1967 finally abolished the punishment, and women may now scold freely. Lol.
- Kind laws towards women.
In London it had been illegal for a man to hit his wife after 9pm. A wife needs some time for rest. A very humanistic law. I can’t find the year it was implemented but it is documented.
- Also, by law it was legal for a pregnant woman to relieve herself anywhere she wished.
- Tarrot card readings and fortune telling were classed as illegal. They were seen as forms of witchcraft, but the law has since been abolished.
There are many more, which include an executable offense to allow your pet to mate with a pet of the royal house without permission. As stated above, thank goodness all these laws have now been abolished.
Are there any laws you would like to see abolished in your country or any laws you would like to see introduced?
Ps. (May I also use this opportunity to thank readers who take time out to read my articles. I appreciate you all)
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