Here in Greece, bureaucracy is so excessive that nobody has anything to do with it if they can possibly help it. The only way for Greeks to live a semblance of a normal life is to be the least law-abiding nation in Europe. The British need to learn the same lesson: don't let the state know what you're doing and you can get on with your life.Routine disregard of the law, as an accepted state of affairs for respectable people, is simply not a recipe for a successful representative government. It may be a recipe for surviving tyranny, but it is not what the Greeks had in mind when they invented their democracy millennia ago.
Laws that are out of touch with social norms and societal expectations would seem strong contenders for undermining rather than strengthening the rule of law, clouding rather than illuminating approved notions of justice, and reducing rather than safeguarding liberty.