On Sun, 08 Jun 2008 02:18:43 +0100, FatBoySlimFast
Post by FatBoySlimFast
Whether you think it's bollocks is irrelevent as to whether you need
them. If you gig without them you are breaking the law. If you choose
to break the law then it's your choice and your responsibility.
Well, yes, I'm not disputing that and I think I stressed the fact that
no matter what one's opinion was of the regulations then failure to
comply with them or, indeed, sheer ignorance of them was really no
But aren't we touching on something vastly more significant here?
It seems to me that over the last 10 years or so - not an entirely
coincidental period - our personal liberties have been eroded by a
series of laws, rules and regulations foisted upon a largely apathetic
public by a government and a 'public' service infrastructure seemingly
hellbent on controlling the population with sticks rather than
Let me take a recent incident, council officials in a London borough
have banned dustmen from putting teddy bears on view in their vehicles
in case a child dashes out into the road to grab one.
Now, I appreciate that it would be tragic indeed if that happened, but
it doesn't seem to have yet, so we have a regulation that is being
applied pre-emptorally (is that a real word???) without any basis for
Thus bad rules are introduced and there's a real danger that with so
many rules coming into force, the good ones will also be seen as bad,
On a more serious level, take the 42 day detention in custody debate.
No-one's ever needed more than the current 28 days before, but yet
again an untested need has 'justified' the actions of the supporters
of the 42 day law and polls suggest that the British public actually
supports this move.
In the final analysis you have to reach some sort of compromise
between protecting the public from risk and harm and creating a
society in which personal liberties are upheld. My contention is that
the balance has shifted to such an extent that we are now but a few
steps away from a police state and that by and large people seem to be
happy to allow this to happen.
I'd further assert that this is being done with the full knowledge of
the government and with its blessing. An underclass has been
successfully created which is quite content to allow the government to
do anything it likes as long as it is fed a steady diet of reality TV
and cheap Stella.
The supreme irony of all this is the fact that to a great extent the
authorities are allowing this group to behave largely as it wants
without enforcing the law. After all, it's a cheap price to pay for
And no, I'm not sporting a tin foil boater this summer ;)