There are people who had high hopes for Steven Joyce when he entered government. He’d been a successful entrepreneur, he’d grown his own radio network, people who knew him told me he’d said things that indicated he knew something about freedom.
But then he got into government and the power went to his head. He’s enjoying spending a billion or two of your money laying a cable being broadband czar. He’s enjoying spending eight or nine billion of your money bowling homes and laying asphalt being the roads capo. And in his spare time, he’s quite enjoying being this government’s nanny.
He wants to stop you using your cellphone in your car.
He wants to stop you driving if you’re what he considers to be “too young.”
And now he wants to stop you driving even if you can hold your drink better than he can.
Steven Joyce can’t drink three-quarters of a bottle of wine in ninety minutes, and he doesn’t care if you can – over dinner last night he decided he wants to pass a law to ban you.
Frankly, I think he should have spent more time when he was at Massey at the Barbie-Grog. It might have been better for his liver – and our freedom.
It’s time for zero tolerance for nannies.
UPDATE: David Farrar says, “I see this going the same way as the cellphone debate – a kneejerk reaction with little proof it will actually make a difference to crash statistics.” He has figures.