Sunday, May 4, 2014

Telling us what to do...

Political parties seem to attract bansturbators, authoritarians, idiots and unprincipled rogues who once in power tend to vote for any set of measures which force people into doing things their way rather than leaving us alone to sort out our own path. Take the current wars on alcohol, fatty food, tobacco, etc, all backed by the government and all lobbied for by groups more or less funded by the government to tell the government what they want to hear. The Tories are pretty bad, but when it comes to really wanting to control what we do with ourselves, well you need to see what Labour is planning...
The Labour party has drawn up tough new measures to limit the sale and promotion of cheap alcohol, unhealthy food and tobacco, leaked documents revealed
Ed Miliband plans to impose tough restrictions on the sale and advertising of alcohol, junk food and tobacco if he wins power, it was claimed.
The Labour leader’s plan would end the £300million sports sponsorship by drinks firms and impose minimum alcohol pricing to try cut down on the damaging effects of heavy drinking on people’s health.
The blueprint, revealed in documents leaked to the Mail on Sunday, also proposes new laws to limit the amount of sugar, fat and salt in food aimed at children, and a ban on advertising unhealthy products on TV before the 9pm watershed.
Drawn up by Andy Burnham, the shadow health secretary, the plans are reported to have sparked a backlash within the party led by Blairite Chuka Umunna, who has been tipped as a successor to Miliband.
Supporters of Mr Umunna are worried the plans will appear ‘anti business and interventionist’, the Mail on Sunday reported.
I think they ought to be more worried about what the general public think of their measures given Labours shrinking lead in the opinion polls, though I suspect what the actual public think never crosses their minds save occasionally at election time.
Minimum alcohol pricing as I've said in the past is a none starter, not unless the Labour Party are going to take us out of the EU, they aren't, so it's not going to happen, it's just words.
As for being anti-business, well these are leftards we're talking about, most have never run a business and a hell of a lot believe in magic money tree policies and spend money we haven't got because they can always get more by borrowing or stealing the family silver.
However it's the idea that they can force us to forego our pleasures by removing them from our grasp that gets my goat and the fact that it's the same tired old excuses they come out with. Why the hell can't they just leave us alone to sort out our own lives? Then again they've infantilised a lot of the population to expect the government to do something, to pay their benefits to help them out, however poorly the government seem to do it. They always penalise the majority to deal with a minority problem, they abhor drunken behaviour from a few, so they up the price of booze for all. They say there are too many obese people around, so they penalise the not obese by removing their pleasures too, they declared war on cigarettes, smuggling went through the roof.
Whatever the dead hand of government does always produces unexpected (to them) results as people fight back or find alternatives.
They should leave us alone to sort out our own problems...

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Mr. Morden said...

Would this be the same Labour Party that wanted extended opening hours ?