A libertarian returns to Scotland
"Freedom and Whisky gang thegither"
- Robert Burns
"Freedom and Whisky gang thegither"
Friday, 23 June 2006
Sunday, 18 June 2006
Into the Kingdom
For those who don't know, Glenrothes is in the county of Fife...
Glenrothes 13th May 2006
Originally uploaded by David Farrer.
I told you so!
And today there's an "exclusive" in the Scottish Mail on Sunday:
Scotland is set to become the first country in Europe to ban alcohol for under-21s as part of a radical shake-up of licensing laws.So, we become an international laughing-stock, we kiss goodbye to much of the Edinburgh and Glasgow tourist business and, just like 1920s America, we create a vast criminal class. The tyrannical morons who propose things like this have no understanding of human behaviour. The insane "war on drugs" is the biggest subsidy to crime in history, and now some idiots want to expand it!
The controversial crackdown would also see all members of the public limited to only four alcoholic drinks per visit to a pub or club.
Restricting freedom merely drives the target underground. Does anyone think that the five-pints-a-night man will refrain from upgrading to a higher-strength beer? Will those of us who prefer something less powerful find that our's is the one to be dropped by the breweries?
Then the "human rights" lawyers will have a field day. Poor old Joe Bloggs in his one pub village is limited to four pints. He realises that his cousin in Edinburgh can buy 2,400 pints a night quite legally - there are around 600 pubs in Edinburgh. This is discrimination against those living in the countryside. Ruralism, we could call it. At least it's another earning-opportunity for the likes of Cherie Blair. In fact, Joe's Edinburgh cousin may well decide to get as many in as possible before ID cards or forehead bar codes limit him to four drinks a night.
To hell with betting on the World Cup - I'm off to place a bet on when Scotland will see its first lynching of a politician.
Friday, 16 June 2006
Councillor Rev Dr George Grubb writes at length about the "good old days" when the police were usually on the side of the law-abiding and hadn't yet become Gramscian tyrants. In general, I agreed with the Councillor until I came to this bit:
It is impossible to turn back the clock. Police discretion may be the casualty of too much legislation on individual rights.What rubbish. The legislation that's caused so much trouble (supported by the LibDems) hasn't been in favour of individual rights, but against them. That's what the Gramscian project is all about. "Individual rights" aren't about doing whatever one wants, but about doing what one wants as long as one doesn't infringe upon the equal rights of others. In the good old days Liberals understood such matters.
Friday, 9 June 2006
Vote blue, get red?
Tuesday, 6 June 2006
Would such an outcome be attributed by the conspiracy buffs to:
(a) Jacques Chirac?
(b) Osama Bin Laden?
(c) Hugo Chavez?
(d) Karl Rove?
(e) The luck of the draw?
Monday, 5 June 2006
Now hear this
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SOMEONE with too much time on their hands once discovered that "Tony Blair MP" is an anagram of "I'm Tory Plan B".Actually, that's not the priceless bit - I read that one years ago.
But how about this:
one anagram of "Conservative" is "craven soviet".
Sunday, 4 June 2006
The coming closure of Scotland's pubs
Alcohol misuse has been identified by ministers as Scotland's next major health issue, it has emerged.This is from the SNP:
"Simply legislating against irresponsible drinking will not work. A comprehensive solution will only come from a co-ordinated approach from all of these groups.And the second step? It's going to be legislation or, as we say in Scotland, a ban.
"That's why I'm calling on drinks companies as a first step to follow a voluntary code of conduct regarding children and the advertising of alcohol.
It's Scotland's whisky? You'll have had your dram.
Saturday, 3 June 2006
Macs in Scotland
As I was walking along the Great Western Road I spotted and called into the Glasgow Apple Shop and had a wee peek at the new MacBook. I'd quite forgotten that I had my Nikon dangling from the neck when the salesman came up to me and asked, "Do you have your USB cable with you?" After a quick double take I realised that he wanted me to download my pictures onto the MacBook and perhaps be inspired to buy one of these desirable machines there and then.
I responded: "It's not a digital, it's a film camera."
You could have knocked him down with a feather.
"Eh, you mean, like it's using emulsion? It looks just like a D1." As if I'm from the stone ages, or at least 2004.
"D1," I countered. "That's been replaced by the D2, and the D2x, and this week, by the D2xs."
"Oh, I didn't know about that." He was so 2005.
I didn't buy the MacBook and ended up here instead where I read my pre-digital newspaper.
The travelling blogger
I've visited the counties in yellow.
Which counties have you visited?
made by marnanel
map reproduced from Ordnance Survey map data
by permission of the Ordnance Survey.
© Crown copyright 2001.
Must get to the Isle of Man.
For the record, Dumfriesshire was the first and I eventually got to Orkney in 1985. I've also been to all six counties in Northern Ireland.
Thanks to this blog.