Monthly Archives: March 2010

To The Ends Of The Earth

One reason why I’m sure that the smoking ban will eventually be amended or repealed is because I simply don’t believe that cultural values can be changed by coercion. If people have to be forced to do something, it can … Continue reading

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The Mediaeval Mind

I dropped into the River this afternoon, and was told a sad story. One of the regulars said that someone he knew had just been given two weeks to live. She was only 39, and riddled with cancer. ‘Imagine it,’ … Continue reading

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Drifting to the Centre

Are we going to have an election? Everyone seems to think we are. But no date has been set. A lot of people seem to be sure that it will be on May 6. But I have my doubts. That … Continue reading

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The Petition of the Candlemakers

Frédéric Bastiat (1801-1850) was a French economist and politician. It was once proposed that a railway be built between France and Spain, passing through Bordeaux. A Monsieur Simiot wrote to a Bordeaux newspaper suggesting that there should be a break … Continue reading

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More Bad Laws

What is it with these people? The BBC reports: Doctors call for smoking ban in all enclosed spaces What, even in your own home? Well, not yet. Smoking should be banned in all cars, according to a leading group of … Continue reading

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Intemperate Temperance

One of the heart-warming features of the recent successful appeal to raise the money to free Nick Hogan was that quite a few non-smokers chipped in as well. I even read an antismoker declare that he was going to help … Continue reading

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Life Without Experts, Please

If there were no climate scientists, would we be facing a climate crisis? If there were no such scientists (and they’ve only been around for 30 years or so), then we’d only have our native reason and common sense. There’d … Continue reading

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