RNS Quote of the Day: 09/09/09

On the road, trying not to offend any of the onerous laws in CA,

Definitely won’t be reciting this one out loud one I get through the border guards

Imagine telling somebody twenty years ago that by 2007, it would be illegal to smoke in a pub or bus shelter or your own vehicle or that there would be £80 fines for dropping cigarette butts, or that the words “tequila slammer” would be illegal or the government would mandate what angle a drinker’s head in an advertisement may be tipped at, or that it would be illegal to criticise religions or homosexuality, or rewire your own house, or that having sex after a few drinks would be classed as rape or that the State would be confiscating children for being overweight. Imagine telling them the government would be contemplating ration cards for fuel and even foods, that every citizen would be required to carry an ID card filled with private information which could be withdrawn at the state’s whim. They’d have thought you a paranoid loon.

Samizdata commenter Ian B.

My, how time flies. Not to mention the rights of citizens.

You can find more of Ian B. at Counting Cats in Zanzibar these days.

On a side note, my employer has blocked both Samiz and CCinZ for the last two months or so. The reason given is that they are classified as their content violating the corporate “Weapons” policy (which my clip knife violates, though no one has noticed I’m carrying again as of late). Only Joe gets that same classification, and neither of the UK blogs have blown anything up in years.

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1 Response to RNS Quote of the Day: 09/09/09

  1. guy says:

    Samizdata does have a picture of a Sig in its title bar though, so that might be really scary.

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