I see the Nanny State has been flourishing in my absence?
One of the days, I caught a glimpse of Fatso Reilly on the news bragging about bringing in the plain packaging laws. Mentally I switched off when he came on but two things did strike me.
The first thing was the man's breathing. Jayzus but he had to pause a few seconds in front of the cameras just to catch his breath. I don't know whether it's his obesity problem or the fact that he doesn't smoke but that rasping laboured breathing really sounded terrible.
The second was his mysterious claim that plain packaging would save four thousand lives a year. Where in the name of blue fuck did he get that idea? The man is either severely deluded, insane or an egregious liar. Actually he is probably all three.
Then I saw an item where the Irish Heart Foundation is demanding a ten percent tax on sugary drinks in the next budget. In a survey they claim that 53% of the population are in favour of this, so it seems that 53% of the population are in favour of a Nanny State? Apparently by increasing the price of a Coca Cola, Ireland will have ten thousand fewer fatties next year. Delusion reigns supreme once again?
Then there is yet another "study" that claims that 1.3 million Irish are "harmful drinkers". I confess that one had me really intrigued. What the fuck is a "harmful drinker"? I know a "binge drinker" is anyone who dares drink more than three pints [pause for laughter] but a "harmful drinker"? Does a hangover count as "harm"? I'll let you decide for yourselves.
On the other side of the coin, the gubmint has been repeatedly assured that increases in tobacco prices do not cause an increase in smuggling. Isn't it very strange then that in the last month three tons of tobacco and 32 million cigarettes have been seized? On the valid assumption that this is only a small percentage of the actual level of smuggling then all I can say is that the smugglers must be holding all night parties and rave celebrations at the prospect of plain packaging and further hikes in tax?
The Nanny State will never learn. Will it?