When It Comes

Mail:

Nanny state capital of the world: Another day, another rule in ‘carefree’ Australia as smoking is banned OUTSIDE – following laws on drinking after 10pm, e-cigarettes and even children playing football

Freedoms increasingly restricted in Australia with a thicket of regulations
Latest ban forbids smoking outside in many public areas of Queensland
Authorities imposing rules on leisure activities as well as traditional ‘vices’
Drinkers cannot access bars or pubs after 10pm in central Sydney
Even e-cigarettes are banned at railway station in anti-tobacco clampdown
Owners fined if dogs are not on a lead – and cyclists for not having a bell
Senator has set up parliamentary inquiry to investigate the ‘fun police’

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In August, New South Wales was formally hit with another new law that has drawn an angry backlash – the banning of greyhound racing, once the shared heartbeat, with horses, of the nation’s betting industry…

The ‘DON’T’ factor, rules based on health and safety, hits just about every aspect of what used to be carefree living – drinking, smoking, children tucking into fast foods, driving, cycling, popping down to the bottle shop after 10pm, late night clubbing in certain parts of Sydney, tossing a shrimp – Paul Hogan style – on the barbie close to a neighbour’s property, pitching a tent in a clearing in the woods, cooking a sausage on a fire that is not in a designated area, swimming out of the sight of a lifeguard and so on…

An Australian senator, David Leyonhjelm, has seen the writing on the wall about the death of fun.

Setting up a parliamentary inquiry into the transformation of the country into a nanny state, he says its once adventurous spirit has been paralysed by rules and regulations – and millions of dollars are being sucked up by bureaucracy.

It’s quite promising really, because it’s not just smokers who are getting it in the neck. Everyone is.

The backlash will be ferocious, when it comes.

And that’s always the caveat: when it comes….

One day the rain will come, and there will be a flash flood and an unstoppable torrent that will sweep everything away overnight. It will sweep all this garbage away. All of it.

The rain comes in its own time. The clouds grow heavier and heavier, blacker and blacker, pregnant with rain.

And then, when it comes, there’s one hesitant raindrop, and then another, and finally the burden is released.

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18 Responses to When It Comes

  1. Smoking Lamp says:

    It looks like Australia has fully embraced its place in Oceania. Hopefully the break will come soon and the four ministries of the totalitarian mega-state in formation will collapse.

  2. harleyrider1978 says:

    Nigel seems pretty confident the whole house of cards of the world order is fixing to collapse under its own failures.

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  5. waltc says:

    Here’s an Aussie who’s sick of it and sees Brexit as the beginning of its end. The article’s a little too long but you can comb it for some real jewels. BTW, yesterday when Harley mentioned Elba, I almost posted that Australia, once a prisoners island, had seemingly reverted.

    http://brendanoneill.co.uk/post/149746175394/the-beauty-of-brexit-or-how-british-voters-just

    • nisakiman says:

      I actual fact, Walt, I believe he is British. He is the editor of Spiked, an online political magazine which is probably the most libertarian magazine in UK, and essential reading for those interested in current politics.

      Interestingly, ‘Spiked’ rose from the ashes of a printed magazine called ‘Marxism Today’ (or something similar), which I find rather odd. However, the writers make a speciality of puncturing PC received wisdom wherever it raises its ugly head.

      Brendon O’Neill writes very well, and although I don’t always agree with him, he does have a knack of cutting through the bullshit to get to the heart of the subject on which he writes. I’d definitely recommend adding ‘Spiked’ to your bookmarks list. I read it on a regular basis. The comments are very often as interesting as the articles, too, as is often the case when you have an intelligent and engaged readership. It’s why I return to this and other blogs a few times a day; to read the additional comments that have arrived during the course of the day.

      • waltc says:

        Ah. I assumed he was an Aussie not only from the content but the Canberra in the. byline. Snowdon often links to Spiked so I’ve read some from there.

  6. Some French bloke says:

    the banning of greyhound racing, once the shared heartbeat, with horses, of the nation’s betting industry

    In the meanwhile, in the parallel wonderworld of lifestyle epidemiology in which we’re all supposed (or rather compelled), to accept to live in at the moment, the losing betters – assuming they’re also our ‘betters’, in the more general sense – are forever rewarded not only with sumptuous jamborees in exotic locales, but with the final say on our everyday personal choices!

  7. Some French bloke says:

    The forward slash key is playing up on my machine, so here goes the correct version:

    the banning of greyhound racing, once the shared heartbeat, with horses, of the nation’s betting industry

    In the meanwhile, in the parallel wonderworld of lifestyle epidemiology in which we’re all supposed (or even compelled), to accept to live in at the moment, the losing betters – assuming they’re also our ‘betters’, in the more general sense – are forever rewarded not only with sumptuous jamborees in exotic locales, but with the final say on our everyday personal choices!

  8. pubcurmudgeon says:

    The Brexit vote was a pretty big rumble of thunder in the distance for the bansturbatory class.

  9. Mark Jarratt, Canberra, Australia says:

    Yet another example of petty tyranny from tinpot dictators who know what everyone else values and how they should live. The cretinous Queensland Health (aka Controlling other citizens) minister Cameron Dick (rest of his surname somehow omitted, production error) spouts the same old totally discredited lies that second hand smoke, even outdoors, is “toxic”, and there’s no safe level of exposure. Clearly tobacco smoke is by far the most dangerous substance on Earth, even worse than eating a plutonium sandwich! He also wants to censor reality, in case some poor weak minded people see smokers, as it’s of course a proven scientific fact lifetime addiction will immediately result. This continuing intrusive hyper regulation of tobacco is based on the emotive and divisive argument “you cost us money, so we have the right to control your behaviour”, breathtaking in its scope for social engineering, as with few inferential steps, almost all injury and illness can be linked to personal behaviour. The tobacco control zealots must be stopped. The public funded persecution of tobacco consumers is discrimination and creates conflict, while forcing people into poverty if they decline to behave as instructed by the morally superior, cloaked in the self righteous garb of “public health”.

  10. Darryl says:

    “The backlash will be ferocious, when it comes”.
    Too bloody right Frank. People here in Aus are getting pissed off about all this lifestyle management crap, it’s not just smokers anymore. The greyhound ban has really stirred things up, it is seen as an attack on a traditional working class pursuit by the elite class.
    Recently we had a census and it was supposed to be done mostly on-line but the Gov had to shut the website down at 7.30pm on census night because of a D-Dos attack. No one knows for sure who did it but I like to think it could be the start of the backlash. The Gov sure looked stupid that’s for sure. The major parties had been pushing to bring in electronic voting, the census attack has shut them up.
    I can’t wait for the storm to break.

  11. I hope I live to see it, Frank. But I might have to re-incarnate so observe the future.

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  13. Lord T says:

    I’ve been waiting for the backlash for some time. But I continue to pick away at the foundations and one day it will be weakened enough and with the number of people I have spoken to who have opened their eyes I feel it won’t be long now. It just needs a trigger.

  14. smokingscot says:

    O/T

    Marches all over the place today trying to block Brexit. “The Celebrity” in London was none other than Eddie Izzard. How wonderful.

    http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/stop-brexit-thousands-march-europe-8760865

    Made a half-hearted attempt at finding out what’s behind it but not prepared to dig through the bumph to get to the real people. (Greens, Socialists, Trade Unions).

    However they’re being quite novel about it, using crowdfunding as a way to come over as a grass roots movement.

    https://www.crowdpac.co.uk/campaigns/38/march-for-europe

    Oh and Tess May? Well while this bovine herd were screwing up the traffic, causing a great deal of noise as well as presenting an blight on the landscape, well Tess was doing good in Beijing, wrapped up with a fine banquet.

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