Palmer’s pious prohibitions on pleasure [updated]
When he’s not debating me here on copyright, Eric Crampton can be found trying to restrain his anger over the leak of Geoffrey Palmer’s plans to inhibit your drinking.
The Unbridled Wowser (that’s Nanny Palmer, not Eric) wants you to be banned from buying off-licence liquor after 10pm; barred from entering a nightclub after 2pm; prohibited from being in a nightclub at all after 4pm; verboten from buying alcohol if you’re old enough to vote (but not yet old enough to punch Geoffrey properly in the face); and enjoined to cough up twice as much for every drink you take.
Geoffrey the Lemon Sucking Control Freak may have a personal problem with alcohol, or just a problem with those who don’t have any problem with enjoying it, but his problems should not be our problems—and his own values should not be inflicted on those of us who don’t share them.
There’s only one way to say this: ‘Geoffrey, fuck off.” Just leave us the hell alone.
UPDATE: Moe Lane at Redstate.com understand Palmer’s breed perfectly:
“Look, I understand that the nanny-state Left doesn’t trust its own judgment and ability to make informed decisions, and that’s fine. In fact, I agree with them: I don’t trust their judgment or ability to make informed decisions, either. But why do they insist on trying to interfere with my judgment or ability to make informed decisions? - Aside from them generally being annoying neo-Puritan gloom-magnets, of course.”
[Hat tip Jeff Perren]