Shops in England and Wales will no longer be allowed to display tobacco openly. This is the latest in a series of attacks on an apparently still legal product. There are two problems with this new legislation. One is the obvious one; namely the attack on the right of shopkeepers to display legal products that they are allowed to sell.
The other is the money spent on this legislation. The ‘survey’ used to justify it cost money. Someone had to write it, cross-reference it and money will have to be spent on enforcing it. Yes, this money is likely to be a drop in the ocean in terms of government spending. And yes, calling for the money to be returned to its rightful owners (i.e. us) never seems to attract much support. But what about the areas that this money could have been spent on, but wasn’t? What about the lack of spending on domestic violence shelters, or the lack of help given to people released from prison? Unless we stand up to the small abuses of taxpayers’ money, the state will continue to spend money on what ideological whim of the day it is enthused by, rather than on services that really matter.
(Via The Filthy Smoker)
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