Len Dastard asks… what's your favourite stupid law?

9 May 2011

Bitterwallet - Len DastardAtención! It is I, Len Dastard, a full time litigation executive writing under the guise of a retired Mexican lucha libre. I am taking a short break here from fighting your corner and instead highlighting the ridiculous side of the law. Some of these made me choke on my refried bean enchilada.

In a not so recent public survey of the most ridiculous laws, the law voted to be the most idiotic was "It is illegal to die in the Houses of Parliament." Not such a bad thing, surely. Now, I have not trawled through every Act ever passed to see whether it is genuine so I must take their word for it.

I recognise that the avid Bitterwallet readers are keen students of both the idiotic and the law, so I thought it worth asking for your opinion on which of the following laws you might consider your favourite. Many of these laws are archaic so it will be almost impossible to trace them. However, I would be incredibly impressed by anyone who is able to put a law to an Act. It would also be interesting to see why you think these laws possibly came about.

Vote below please, and as always, for any other consumer advice or to vent your anger, get in contact with me, Len Dastard at [email protected] Until next time, permanezca hermoso!


8 comments

  • Dick
    You missed some of the other good ones, from that 2007 Times list: Under the UK’s Tax Avoidance Schemes Regulations 2006, it is illegal not to tell the taxman anything you don’t want him to know, though you don’t have to tell him anything you don’t mind him knowing. In the UK, a man who feels compelled to urinate in public can do so only if he aims for his rear wheel and keeps his right hand on his vehicle. In London, it is illegal to flag down a taxi if you have the plague. In Chester, Welshmen are banned from entering the city before sunrise and from staying after sunset.
  • PaganWolf
    Don't forget the one that says Hackney Carriage Drivers in London must have a bale of hay in their boot.
  • Boris
    That last one is wrong because murder is illegal. It might be legal to kill the bloody Scott but it would not be murder. Anyway. I love the law of diminishing returns.
  • Josh
    You missed the most ridiculous...The Digital Economy Act
  • Dick
    I thought the York / Scotsman one was actually to kill a scotsman, not murder him. That is, it is not murder if you kill him and he is carrying a bow and arrows.
  • H
    The policeman's helmet one isn't true. A pregnant friend recently asked 2 policemen on the street about this and they were adamant it was just an urban myth. Although, then again, I guess they would say that..!
  • charitynjw
    @H - They weren't taking the piss, then?
  • charitynjw
    "However, I would be incredibly impressed by anyone who is able to put a law to an Act." Good idea, as anyone could make up any stupid statement & say it is a law......eg - tenants have a legal right to keep rabbits & hens, haha..........hang about, the Allotment Act 1950! (incredibly impressed, eh!! lol)

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