Over in Ireland, where plain packaging for tobacco has recently been mooted, the utterly predictable has happened...
The official conference European Week Against Cancer said that the Irish are drinking 700 percent over recommended safe alcohol level to prevent cancer. Scholars at the conference have called for plain packaging for alcohol in the interest of public health.
Equally predictably, these
Meanwhile in the Australian supernanny state, anti-gambling cranks want the government to tell you what you can and can't wear:
Football jumpers emblazoned with betting company logos and gambling advertisements at sporting grounds could be banned after a parliamentary committee raised concerns about the effect the punting culture is having on children.
Yes, it's all about the chiiiiiiildren.
The proposals raise questions as to whether the new rules will actually protect children from the "normalisation" of gambling culture.
Denormalisation and think-of-the-children rhetoric. Sound familiar?
A fortnight after Julia Gillard intervened to head off the public backlash at Tom Waterhouse and other spruikers of live odds, the joint select committee on gambling reform has asked whether regulation has gone far enough in insulating children.
The real question is whether enough is being done to insulate the rest of the world from the horrors of Australian lifestyle fascism.
Speaking of stupid antipodean ideas, in January 2012 I wrote an article about plain packaging in which I speculated on what the next piece of idiocy would be...
With plain packaging in place, the extremists have exhausted all of the options I listed in the final chapter of Velvet Glove, Iron Fist. What fresh lunacy will follow? Warnings on individual cigarettes?
Ho, ho. But, as ever in tobakko kontrol, life imitates satire:
A leading tobacco control researcher says the next step to encourage smokers to quit is to print warning labels on cigarettes.
Naturally, this chap has some "qualitative" research to turn this crackpot idea into "evidence-based policy".
The qualitative study surveyed 10 smokers and then preliminary sketches and mock-ups were presented. “We found it has a profound effect on smokers. They literally have the risk under their nose, day after day, week after week, with every cigarette. It really brings the hazard home.
“I have to say of all the times I’ve done these qualitative, focus testings, I’ve never had such a response that was so consistent across smokers.”
Future generations will look back in wonder at how so many fruitcakes and monomaniacs came to wield influence in the foul years of the early twenty-first century. Sack the lot of them, abolish their grants, bulldoze their workplaces and pour salt on the land so that nothing ever grows there again.