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"The UK police often use laws in ways that their originators never envisaged, and in ways specifically denied by parliament"

Not true in any meaningful sense. Most of the law the UK police actually use is current and extremely purpose-specific: and it's a very rare thing indeed that a UK Court, the DPP or the CPS will try and shoe-horn a current offence into an archaic piece of legislation it wasn't intended to cover.

The idea of old laws - like the one allowing pregnant women to urinate in a policeman's helmet - still being is a funny meme, but complete cobblers, for the most part.

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