"Ban the ban" cried the fantail (updated)
Another day, another ban, this time on using a hand-held mobile phone in your car. Libertarianz spokesman Luke Howison tells Morning Report here that this is a "knee jerk response" and yet another example of the proliferation of nanny state: the government feels the need to ban everything bad and make everything good compulsory. Audio here.
UPDATE 1: You know, if you don't like drivers using cell phones, there's no need for government to pull out the big gun -- which all those in support of a ban are supporting.
If, for example, insurance companies
were to review their actuarial figures for accidents (which are more accurate than the politically massaged figures quoted in support of the government's ban) and find that cell phone use was consistently linked with accidents, then they're always able to inform holders of insurance that, for example, accidents involving or caused by cell phone use will not be covered under their car insurance policies, just as accidents involving a drunken driver are presently not covered by the driver's policy.
So there's no need to leap to bans, which is the nannying knee jerk response one expects when the solution to everything is thought to be bigger government.
UPDATE 2: I assume most of you will have got the hippy reference in the title?