Voltaire and John Stuart Mill insisted there should be an ideological chasm between disapproving an act and wanting it halted. In modern Britain this chasm has become a skip and a jump. Whatever we dislike we require the government to ban...We really do seem to be sleepwalking into a totalitarian, health-and-safety-fascist society.
...There is a case for educating the public to eat, drink and smoke less, drive more carefully and not to rampage through town centres at night. But there must be a limit to the translation of disapproval into repression.
Sunday, 21 October 2007
Better safe than free
Excellent article in today's Sunday Times by Simon Jenkins.