13 comments on “Timmy Elsewhere

  1. Angling licences appear to work well as a method of raising extra money to benefit the sport without animal-rights nutters arguing against general taxation plus it makes anglers more aware of their responsibilities. And many anglers pay twice more through membership of eg, The National Federation of Anglers, and by buying tickets or joining clubs to fish specific waters.
    Why not introduce licences for drink, drugs and gambling so that those indulging in them can pay a fairer share towards the costs of such activities.
    And by the way, sea angling, which doesn’t at present need a licence, has a greater economic benefit than commercial fishing. Coarse and game angling benefit employment in tackle shops and tourism similarly.

  2. “Why not introduce licences for drink, drugs and gambling so that those indulging in them can pay a fairer share towards the costs of such activities.”

    Oo, that word “fair”. Very New Labour.

    If we tied the licences to ID cards, we could in real-time use a central database to check the licence, withdraw it for “inappropriate” (another New Labour word) behaviour. And we could put a limit on the number of drinks bought, and tackle “binge drinking”. Obviously middle class wine drinkers are the worst, because they have greater opportunities for “social responsibility” (wheeee, let’s play New Labour buzzword bingo).

  3. Or let’s not tie the proposed licences to ID cards.

    Fair is also a Tory word I think you will find.

    Is it a good idea to limit the pack sizes of paracetamol to reduce overdoses? Um, yes the number of suicides has declined partly due to this but it’s still a shocking erosion of liberty, don’t you think?

    Why not be really libertarian and allow teenagers to buy machine guns legally? I’m sure the free market would reach a satisfactory solution: the invisible finger on the trigger.

    Oh, I forgot to mention introducing a bicycle licence and zero tolerance of riding on pavements and ignoring the highway code.

  4. “Is it a good idea to limit the pack sizes of paracetamol to reduce overdoses? Um, yes the number of suicides has declined partly due to this but it’s still a shocking erosion of liberty, don’t you think?”

    Yes, it is, actually. I needed a whole load of pills to stock my cupboard, travel bag, car, camping kit, and cycle kit recently. I tried to buy them and they are limited to 10. I had to make a number of separate transactions, it was a total waste of my time. But my time is free, isn’t it? The time of millions like me is free, isn’t it? Punishment of all for the sake of a few. That’s New Labour’s idea of individualism.

  5. “Or let’s not tie the proposed licences to ID cards.”

    Yes, let’s not. But you and me, we don’t get to decide that. And it’s a delicious proposition to ministers hooked like junkies on state control. Can you imagine just a tempting fruit left unpicked?

  6. “Punishment of all for the sake of a few. That’s New Labour’s idea of individualism.” Or a description of the privileged treatment accorded to and arrogantly expected by bicyclists.
    The time of those who overdose is priceless. Sorry Kay Tie, but it’s a society thing not a state thing that other people’s lives are more important than a few minutes of ours.

  7. “Or a description of the privileged treatment accorded to and arrogantly expected by bicyclists.”

    What on earth are you talking about? You want to punish all cyclists because a few behave illegally? Yep, collective punishment.

    “The time of those who overdose is priceless.”

    Fine. You believe that. Donate half your pay to the Samaritans. Your choice. It’s nothing to do with me.

    “it’s a society thing not a state thing that other people’s lives are more important than a few minutes of ours.”

    Funny how people who attempt suicide are “priceless”, but the DfT puts a life at about £1.4m, and the life of a patient in a hospital isn’t even worth the cost of cleaning the fucking wards.

  8. Anybody’s life is priceless, even a cyclist’s, although that can be more accurately calculated by adding up the world market price of transplantable organs that can be scavenged from its cadaver after a failed attempt to whizz past drivers at a junction (Stupidicide).
    I say to all cyclists: donate half your pay to provide cycle lanes for your use but don’t expect the rest of the country to pay or look twice. It’s nothing to do with me: canis canem vorat.
    The DfT sets a notional value on a death when analysing the costs and benefits of a proposed improvement.
    And cleaning hospital wards is contracted out to public spirited private cleaning companies.

  9. “Anybody’s life is priceless, even a cyclist’s”

    You’ve got real issues about cyclists. Were you a bike saddle in a former life? I suggest getting on the waiting list for a mental health professional now, then eventually you can do that regression thing and work out what it was earlier in your life that caused this irrational hatred of an entire category of people. You should be thankful you weren’t fiddled with as a kid by someone Jewish because a full on bender about “the Jews” really wouldn’t go down well at all.

    “I say to all cyclists: donate half your pay to provide cycle lanes for your use but don’t expect the rest of the country to pay or look twice.”

    Okily dokily. Give me my tax back and I’ll happily pay an access fee.

    “The DfT sets a notional value on a death when analysing the costs and benefits of a proposed improvement.”

    And it’s a pity that no-one did the same for recycling edicts (my time: zero cost), paracetamol edicts (my time: zero cost), police shutting motorways because someone dropped a crisp packet on the hard shoulder (hours of my time: zero cost).

    “And cleaning hospital wards is contracted out to public spirited private cleaning companies.”

    He who pays the piper is responsible for the tune. You don’t shirk responsibility by “outsourcing” the work. Ask yourself this: why does a pool of urine stay uncleaned in hospitals for hours or days, but in the checkout in Tesco’s it’s cleaned up straight away? Hint: They both have to deal with incontinent old ladies, but only one of these organisations is run by a New Labour Government.

  10. You should be thankful you weren’t fiddled with as a kid by someone Jewish because a full on bender about “the Jews” really wouldn’t go down well at all.

    Roffle.

    [however, I suspect the paracetamol size restrictions are actually positive in B/CA terms – if it saves 60 lives per year, that would be roughly equivalent to the cost of everyone in the country spending 10 extra minutes a year buying paracetamol. I’ve not spent a single extra minute buying paracetamol since the rules came in, and I’m sceptical that it’s particularly common for people to go on the kind of painkiller-re-equipping spree you mention above…]

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