In case you have ever worried that Parliament does not do very much, take a look at the volume of legislation that afflicts us these days. If you wonder why your best friend requires a copy of your passport before he will sit and drink a glass of wine with you, or why your partner will not let you eat your dinner until you have identified yourself with your postcode, the first line of your address and your date of birth, look to legislation. Legislation was once the reluctant last choice for dealing with any issue, now the phrase “there ought to be a law against…” has been taken to heart by our leaders.
I remember reading that someone had worked out that in the ten years from 1997 to 2007, there were more new laws introduced by Parliament than had been introduced in the entire century from 1897 to 1997. Perhaps that does depend on what you mean by a “new law”, but the point is quite clear. In 1997, my books of tax legislation took up less than half the shelf space than they do today.