I wish I hadn't bothered.
What is wrong with these people?
Have a look at this. This list is from 1987 to the end of 2011. Something changed in 1986/7 but I haven't pinned it down yet.
Take a close look at the first full year the coagulation were in power. They managed to outdo Labour when they were in full flood! So much for less government, eh?
2011-4116-most "laws" enacted, ever! Thanks Dave. Thanks Nick.
In 1986 just 355 pieces of legislation were enacted. Prior to that the average was less than 100 per year.
From 1900 to 1985 6,141 pieces of legislation were enacted. Compare that to the four year period above (1987-1990) when they vomited out 6,433 new rules & regulations.
The very best years of all were 1265 and 1266. (The first parliament was created in 1265). Full of newbies, they did not draft any legislation at all for the first two years, and they only managed to pump two out in 1267.
Notably, between 1716 and 1765 they produced a grand total of 17 new "laws" in that 49 year period.
If you feel you really must depress yourself further, the source is here. To begin with I was scrolling through each page of 20 Acts and SI's but there were just too many, so I used the "Legislation by year" information on the bottom left of that page.
By my tally we have in the region of 68,000 statutes and statutory instruments on the Rolls.
That is a humongous amount. In one way, shape or form, each & every one of them will or can have an effect on every one of us.
Appoint me King Shit of Turd Mountain and I will wipe them all out. All 68,000 of them. Treaties and Declarations will remain. (And no, I do not mean the EU Treaties. I mean the proper ones that form our Constitution).
With me you will get just one law: do no harm.
Break this one law and elected judges have a free rein on sentencing and punishment.
There is one small change: we will no longer need MPs or solicitors.