Further to the previous post about Evidence Based Policy, it has a corollary. The way that new Labour has used odd byways to achieve what it wants.
They wanted to ban smoking in public places. Instead of saying "we won the election, lots of people want smoking banned and we agree with them", they came up with a cockamamie health and safety justification for it.
Rather than exercising democratic prerogatives, they looked to make a judicial case to achieve what they intended.
Now, in Northern Ireland, I think you'd agree with me that a few harmonious years of quiet from religious evangelists wouldn't go amiss. Even the outgoing First Minister has been too busy chuckling - and he's stopped finding time to tell Papists that they need to repent.
But now, the Old Bill are getting in on the act.