I heard on the radio this morning that the Department of Culture, Media and Sport want to reduce the size of the Teddy bears given away at fairs, in order to avoid enticing children into gambling. Well, it's about time! I personally know hundreds of gambling-addicted children. Some, sadly, have taken to selling drugs to afford another round of baseballs to toss at the plastic ducks, in hopes of scoring another giant Teddy bear.
Don't get me wrong. I think a primary role of government is to protect its citizens. But this, coming from a government that allows those citizens to drive on the WRONG side of the road?
I smell disingenuity. (It smells a bit like baby's nappies.)
And while I'm at it, how about the Department of Culture, Media and Sport try enforcing a speed limit or two? Many's the time I've been happily driving along, at a sedate pace of 50 mph, when a car whizzes by at 90, the driver shaking a fist at me. Don't even try the motorway, unless you're trained in NASCAR racing and have a fully paid up life insurance policy.
So where's that Nanny State when you need them? Wrestling Teddy bears from children, and trying to keep us from electrocuting ourselves in the tub, that's where.