I Fought The Law Paperback – 2 Jun 2008
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"From cake-eating protests to roof-clambering OAPs, this book uncovers the UK's weirdest oddball laws - and the even odder folk who rally against them." (MAXIM - June 2007)
"Inspiring" (Independent on Sunday)
"Should be on the top of [Tony Blair's] reading list" (The Times)
"Absolutely fantastic! Everyone in Britain should be made to read it!" (Carol McGiffin, LBC Radio)
A unique and often hilarious travel memoir covering Dan Kieran's satirical 'crime spree' around the UK as he uncovers fascinating and disturbing truths about the state of post-Blair Britain.See all Product Description
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Dan Kieren looks at real problems and talks to the people who are trying to do something about them. Not the politicians, the professionals or anyone in power, but the people who are standing up for what they believe in - despite having no real voice and despite being at odds with a government whose current thinking labels them as crackpots and troublemakers.
If you're despairing at the current state of the UK, if you have even an inkling of a doubt that the government has its citizens' best interests at heart or if you've ever wondered at the sheer crassness of the legal system, then read this book.
It's refreshingly truthful, funny, warm and full of commonsense.
This book is funny, but it's also scary; it shows us how we're sleepwalking in (not into, in: we're already there) a situation where anyone can be stopped and searched for no reason (the Government enacted legislation enabling the police to stop and search anyone for no reason under exceptional circumstances for a month at a time: that legislation has been renewed every month in Greater London since 2002!)
He also lists the ten most ridiculous laws, not saying that they are rdiculous per se, but that the heavy-handed and ill-thought-out laws have unintended and ridiculous consequences:
'Sex Offences Act 2003... Section 9 prohibits sexual contact with a child (obviously not ridiculous) 'but when applied with Section 13... it actually makes it a criminal offence for two teenagers to snog'. This was bad enough, but when I mentioned it in passing to a solicitor friend, she said that she had personally dealt with people actually prosecuted for, basically, a teenage snog in the park.'
It's a real eye-opener. Anyone who has given any thought at all to the disregarding of 800 years of legal rights as enshrined in the Magna Carta will read this and realise that it's much worse than they thought.
But (of course) I was wrong. I Fought the Law is more than entertaining; it's also wise. It is clear-eyed in its assessment of how badly Britain's communities need fixing, and espouses an uncomfortable and far-reaching solution which is self-consciously at odds with so many of our other current cultural influences, but it is also radically hopeful about the possibility of social change. It centres personal action, individual empowerment and individual connections, at the heart of political progress. And so despite all my preconceptions, I actually found this book remarkably inspiring. I'd strongly recommend it.
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Starts off a bit slow - i thought it would be more exciting and it's out of date now as we are in a new Government.Published on 4 April 2014 by mary-ann fudge
When picking up some books from the library recently I was intrigued with I Fought The Law by Dan Kieran. Read morePublished on 15 Dec. 2012 by C. Kidd
Published in 2007 under a "New" Labour government, this work complains (rightly) about the excessive measures taken for our own good against civil liberties in order to defeat a... Read morePublished on 22 April 2012 by tonyinselby
I feel a bit underwhelmed by this book. It would have made an excellent essay no doubt, but the author digresses far too much into other topics, and thus ends up exploring none of... Read morePublished on 19 Feb. 2011 by Jools