Since Navtej Singh was shot we've been hearing calls for bottle stores and their opening hours to be capped, banned and regulated into non-existence -- it was Mr Singh's own fault for being shot, say the wowsers, and bans on bottle stores and their opening hours are urgently needed.
This, it seems, is their idea of 'fighting crime.'
On Wednesday last week, we were told that using our cellphones while driving would be banned. We're not to be trusted in our own cars, so the government's big stick is coming out, we've been told.
This, it seems, is their idea of 'road safety.'
And today we hear that the government is going to ban incandescent light bulbs from the end of next year, so if we want light in our homes we will have to use the mercury-filled spiral windings that have been struggling for consumer support -- and with good reason.
This, it seems, is their answer to so called 'market failure' -- ie., consumers who show a dislike for products the wowsers insist they should be buying.
Nearly every day we're assaulted with would-be wowsers who know better than we do how to live our own lives, or who think they do. Every day we hear a new bastard who wants to ban products or behaviour that for some twisted reason they just don't like. And nearly every second day we're assailed with a politician who's seen an opportunity for headlines by picking up one of the wowsers' favourite schemes to decrease our moral space.
And so it is that our freedoms shrink incrementally, one ban, one regulation, one imposition at a time.
It's often said that the end result of banning foolishness is that we'll end up with a nation of fools. It's increasingly obvious that it's the fools who have taken charge.
PS: I wonder if the wowsers have considered that the ban on light bulbs is symbolic of the wider wowserism? After all, since cartoons often use a thought bubble of a cartoon to signify a good idea, what to do you think a ban on lightbulbs symbolises?
UPDATE 1: New links added.
UPDATE 2: To celebrate the new light bulbs we're all going to be forced to use, here's Graham Parker's 'Mercury Poisoning.'