Crossing the line — 19 Comments

  1. Regulations? Nanny State? You´ve seen nothing yet. Whatever you do on your lovely island (my father lived i Dublin, Ballsbridge for 21 years so a now a thing or two) I´m convinced that  all stupid rules from stupid people in power is already in place in Sweden. 

    For example: in my country it is absolutely forbidden to cross a street when there is a red light, even in the middle of the night and not a car in sight. Penalty? None, not even a fine.

    Stupid? I just told you so!

    • As far as I know, we have something similar here though it's another one I just ignore.  Some laws are just designed for the brain-dead.

  2. I see prohibition in your future.  Minimum pricing seems like the first step.  Will your gubmint learn anything from history?  Our beer and liquor industry is growing like gang busters. 

    • There are many who would like to introduce prohibition, and I have lost count of the calls to make tobacco illegal.  It won't happen though – the gubmint makes too much money out of excise.

  3. Shame Ireland used to be such a fun place though when I was there last year I don't know how anyone can afford to get drunk. The prices are extortionate.

  4. Saw a classic example of why not nannying has better results in my town the other day.

    Traffic lights at a busy crossroads near all the town's schools were deactivated during roadworks. On any average day there's an accident or near miss also involving a kiddy or pensioner trying to cross the road. My Mrs reckons to report a twit a day for steaming through red lights, round a blind bend, probably while also on the mobile…. so you'd think no traffic lights would mean a 10-car pile-up, mass wipe-out of infants, Yes?

    Nope. Every car, every pedestrian taking more care. Not one incident all day. Make people have to take responsibility and they'll step up. Nag and nanny them and they act like smaller and smaller kids in response.

  5. I'm with Ipse. Sweden leads the planet in nanny statism, closely followed by Aus then comes Ireland and the United Kingdom.

  6. This minimum pricing isn't a problem at all. My bottle of Château Lafite Rothschild  1982 won't be affected price-wise in any significant fashion, so where's the problem? It's just the lager swilling lower orders who will be affected, and they're the ones who need controlling anyway.

    Dunno what all the fuss id about…

  7. <i> “ …. children were the main victims of the abuse of alcohol, whether in the home or elsewhere, and “that alone should make us more determined and courageous than we have ever been before on this issue”. “</i>


    There’s the <i>real</i> danger lurking!  If I hear the argument: “But there’s no such thing as ‘passive drinking …’” from any more complacent non-smoking drinkers, I think I’ll scream …

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