The Slippery Slope In Action?

Kind, sweet and pure Eccentrica G (whom Ken so kindly informed me has a brother Kenny) has post up about some scary legislation being discussed in Britain.
Here’s the money quote:

The government estimates binge-drinking costs Britain about £20bn a year and MPs want pubs to pay more towards policing drink-fuelled disorder.

Under this rationale there is nothing that the government can not outlaw, in the interest of equity and cost savings.

9 Responses to “The Slippery Slope In Action?”

  1. Dave J says:

    “Under this rationale there is nothing that the government can not outlaw, in the interest of equity and cost savings.”
    Um, there indeed is nothing the British government cannot outlaw. That’s the peril of an “unwritten onstitution,” even though it worked rather well enough until now. Parliament is legally sovereign and omnipotent, which means in practice that the government can do anything it likes.
    If I had to bet, I’d say there’s a major constitutional crisis coming shortly in the UK: a Labour government reelected with a reduced majority of seats in the Commons, but the Tories actually getting the most votes, and getting a plurality of seats in England, thus forcing Labour to rely on Scottish and Welsh MP’s to stay in power even though English MP’s can’t vote on many issues in the devolved Celtic fringe.

  2. Ken Summers says:

    Oddly, even with that beard he looks like he has less testosterone than Eccentrica.

  3. Eccentrica G says:

    Eccentrica is of no relation to that devil’s spawn of a “musician”! Don’t make her sick her lawyers on you! Triple breasted whores from Eroticon VI have a lot of money to burn on legal costs, you know.

  4. Ken Summers says:

    Oh, you were Picasso’s model? I always thought he just couldn’t count.

  5. I thought he had cataracts. It’s good to know how wrong I was.
    And Dave, compared to the U.K. in it’s present form (just watch poor old DCI Jane Tennison trying to footsie around a suspect) my Celtic cousins would be ‘E’volved, having the good sense to break free…almost.

  6. Nightfly says:

    Alas, the Tories are such basket cases that I don’t see how they could do well in general elections. Apparently they thought they’d just clone Thatcher a few dozen times and all would be well.

  7. Dave J says:

    Nightfly, I resemble that remark. 😉 I worked for the Tories in 1996 when John Major’s government was in the midst of crumbling to pieces, and while they’ve been in awful shape since even before then, their situation is no longer as hopeless as it was even a few moths ago. They hired the guy who won John Howard a fourth term in Australia, and things have been looking up ever since. Don’t count the oldest political party in the world out just yet.

  8. Damn, Dave! You are one bizzy guy!

  9. Nightfly says:

    Dave – it’s nice to get an update from a fellow in the know. Thanks.

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