This country is saturated with bad laws.
I doubt there is a single aspect of our lives that isn’t governed by some law or other. Whenever there is a problem, or even perceived problem, their solution is to slap a law on it like a sticking plaster on a broken leg. Too many deaths on the road? Reduce the speed limits even further and reduce the blood alcohol levels. People can’t afford rents? Slap on laws that just confuse everyone.
The latest “threat” to society is apparently ticket touts.
I believe there are a couple of concerts planned for this year – U2 [God help us] and Ed Sheeran [whoever he is]. Ticket touts have apparently bought up blocks of tickets and are selling them at ten times their face value. This, it seems, is something that requires new laws to be passed?
Let’s look at this rationally.
A ticket goes on sale for €70. Now no one is forcing you to pay that kind of money, but if you want to go, you’ll pay it. A ticket tout is offering the same ticket for €700. The same applies. If you want to go, you will pay it. No one is forcing you to go. No one is forcing you to pay that money. Now the ticket tout is asking that price because he reckons peope will pay it. If no one buys, then he is left with a load of dud tickets, so he sets his price at a level which is sustainable for him and where he estimates he can sell all his stock. It is called the law of supply and demand.
I would hardly call a trip to U2 or Ed Sheeran one of life’s necessities. It is a discretionary thing so no one is forcing people to pay anything. If they don’t like the price then don’t fucking pay it. It really is that simple.
It’s funny though that there are some items which are essential to some. There are people out there dying from some ailment who could be saved, or at least given some help by medication which they just cannot afford. Big Pharma can charge tens of thousands of euros for a course of treatment and no one suggests that a law should be passed there?
So a law should be passed so that people can afford to go to a concert, but no law is required when life is at stake? Does anyone see a slight anomaly here or is it just me?
The law is an ass and deserves to be treated with contempt.
And I wouldn’t go to a U2 or Ed Sheeran concert even if I was paid €1,300.