Brian Monteith is speaking at the moment on the Health and Safety ‘creep’ whereby a H&S measure is then applied inappropriately in another area, with add-ons so that we end up with a bizarre situation of banning Marmite for children because it contains too much salt.
The food police, said Roger Helmer, telling us how much alcohol we can take and the Food Police telling the Stilton Cheese producers they must reduce salt [currently 2.2%], have taken the nanny state to ridiculous levels.
So there is the spectacle of parents arriving at school near lunchtime and passing fish ‘n chips through the wire fence while the real police sit in an office ticking boxes and letting the ASBOs have a free run. The teachers, who should be enforcing the Food Police directives are sitting in the staffroom ticking boxes.
We can’t enjoy a drive without speed cameras, a constant threat, points on a licence [like children getting brownie points.], constant surveillance. – there are so many things challenging our right to free speech. There was, in Bedfordshire, a call for representations on ‘travellers’. 90% of respondents’ representations were discarded as ‘racist’. Prosecutions of some respondents was considered on the grounds of hate crimes.
ID cards – to be dropped in their current form. Smoking? Sadly, there does not seem to be much action there from the Tories. Simon Clark asked why we need one universal speed limit? Other countries can electronically display different limits throughout the day but we don’t – we have a 50mph limit on a motorway in the middle of the night with no traffic around – if caught, the book is thrown at you. The
Conservatives will change that, in line with their commitment to individual freedom, so they say.
Brian Monteith mentioned the seeming competition, lauded by the media, to introduce more draconian laws than the next city, e.g. in Liverpool. There are publicly funded quangos, e.g. the Scottish recommendation to ban kilts as … get this … wasteful!
Databases – with the Irish approval of the EU state, Brussels has now gone ahead with information sharing across Europe so your NHS details now go to Croatia and thus to the mafia – this is the EU panacea the Irish have ushered in.
In the centre here, the organizers went to shift chairs around. Oh no, they were told – Elfansafetee says someone might get hurt doing that. So the chairs had to remain higgledy-piggleby.
Freedom Charter – can create more problems than it solves. I can vouch for that with Bloghounds – less rules and stated ‘musts’ are better. That word again – common sense.
Courtesy of Andrew Allison