What a Daft Way to Stop Your Spaniel Eating the Milkman
England is spiraling into a complete socialist hellhole. Anyone who has traveled through Heathrow in the past five years is nodding solemnly at that statement.
(Quick fun game. Pick a destination worldwide. Compare what it costs to fly there if you avoid London Heathrow vs. what it costs if you go through London Heathrow. Calculate the average cost for Operation Heathrow Avoidance. I consider this cost to be a Keep-My-Sanity Tax and I happily pay it. That's how screwed up London is.)
The latest Do-Something-Now plan involves licensing all dog owners - apparently you need training to properly operate your beagle.
Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson has something to say about this moronic idea... and a few other things. I still don't know what 'daft' means, but it sure makes for a cool title.
David in Qatar
What a Daft Way to Stop Your Spaniel Eating the Milkman - by Jeremy Clarkson
As we know, one man once got on one plane in a pair of exploding hiking boots and as a result everyone else in the entire world is now forced to strip naked at airports and hand over their toiletries to a man in a high-visibility jacket.
In other words, the behaviour of one man has skewed the concept of everyday life for everyone else. And we are seeing this all the time..........
We seem to have lost sight of the fact that throughout history 90% of people have behaved quite normally 90% of the time. Agatha Christie, for instance, was home-schooled and at no point was she forced to eat breadcrumbs from her neighbour’s bird table.
Of course, at the extremes, you have 5% who are goodie-goodies and who become vicars, and 5% who build exploding hiking shoes and starve their children to death.
It’s this oddball 5% that is targeted by the tidal wave of legislation. But making it more difficult to teach your children at home will not stop kids being mistreated.
It just changes the pattern of everyday life for everyone else. This is what drives me mad.
We now think it’s normal behaviour to take off our clothes at an airport. But it isn’t. Nor is it normal to stand outside in the rain to have a cigarette or to do 30mph on a dual carriageway when it’s the middle of the night and everyone else is in bed. It’s stupid..
And last week the stupidity made yet another lunge into the fabric of society with the news that government ministers were considering new laws that would force everyone to take a test before they were allowed to keep a dog.
No, really. Because one dog once ate one child, some hopeless little twerp from the department of dogs had to think of something sincere to say on the steps of the coroner’s court. Inevitably, they will have argued that the current law is “not fit for purpose”, whatever that means, and that “steps must be taken to ensure this never happens again”.