Derelict Law

We believe that many of the problems our society faces can be traced to legislators’ failure to ensure that laws are kept consistent with their original purpose. We define laws which have become detached from the circumstances that gave rise to them as derelict.

This applies most obviously in the areas of landownership and inheritance , where powers which were originally administrative mutated, over a period of centuries, into private rights. Those derelict laws underlie a steady flow of wealth from the poor to the rich and, as a result, they are one of the root causes of inequality.

It also applies in the area of constitutional law, where the doctrine of parliamentary sovereignty persists in a form which is contrary to the reasons which led to its development. This has resulted in a massive transfer of power from local communities to central government accompanied by a widespread sense of disempowerment.

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