Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Department of non-joined-up thinking

Ecuador has temporarily banned the production and consumption of all alcoholic drinks after 12 people died drinking contaminated bootleg liquor. Now, let’s think this through. The measure will be a strong deterrent to consuming legal alcohol, where there is no evidence of contamination. But given that consuming bootleg liquor is already illegal, it will make no difference to that. Indeed, in effect it will encourage the consumption of illegal as opposed to legal alcohol. Now, they really thought that one through, didn’t they?

(H/t to Mark Wadsworth)


  1. It's a classic example of the fallacy of Prohibition, really.

  2. This is a classic example of politicians who don't know there head from their arse. Well done chaps, well done.

  3. This made me chuckle. The sad thing is, I could see a british politician coming out with it. Despite the fact the commons bar is still one of the cheapest pints in London...


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