Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Today's word is "Draconian"

After Draco, the Greek scribe who made some really harsh laws, a bit hackneyed in my opinion but a favourite for describing state imposed restriction? My favourite use of the term has to be...

"Repeal of the ban on full automatics -- ownership of which requires some of the most draconian screening procedures on the federal books"

From the site of the Constitution Party's 2004 Presidential Campaign.

On Christmas eve, the Daily Telegraph chose to use the word to describe the potential £1,000 fine that could be levied for failing to inform the NIR of a change of details.

The article is creating a fair deal of alarm about about it, aand is accompanied by an even more disapproving leading article. Perhaps, they should be a little more shocked about fact that another government agency has been getting away with a similarly "draconian" policy for years.

Can anyone tell me how is this dramatically different to the set of fines imposed by the DVLA? The one potential difference I can think of is if there is a charge for doing this. Since forcing people to pay each time they move house, or in the situation of a death or marriage will be quite restrictive (although the charge for making an update will determine how restrictive).

I would hope that this cost has been factored in to the initial cost, I've sumitted a question on the government site about it since it's not something they answer on the site itself. I hope that if there is an associated cost, it is quite small but I'll have to wait to find out.

citizenandreas [at] slick47 [dot] co [dot] uk

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