Friday, November 12, 2010

"The joy of the young is to disobey"

Came across this fine example of the kind of thinking characteristic of Labour MPs via Lindsay Mitchell's blog:

Labour MP Lianne Dalziel said ...

"The priority is to increase the price of the dirt-cheap alcohol, the $5.99 bottles of wine, where three young women buy five bottles of wine to pre-load on rather than the two bottles of very good wine that they would be able to buy at the same price."

Unless things have changed dramatically since I was 20, young women on the piss aren't really thinking in terms of 3 of them sharing two bottles of very nice wine. For one thing, if you only drink 2/3 of a bottle of wine, you're not actually on the piss, are you? You're having a quiet, sober night in.

Lianne wouldn't herself be so unseemly and unserious as to get on the piss, so thinks it's the govt's job to see to it that others behave the same way. In this assumption that govt exists to make other people do as she thinks they ought to, she's a poster girl for the Labour Party. I guess that, having finally rejected socialism, the party opted for defining itself in terms of busybodying schoolmarmy-ness. Way to capture the youth vote, guys.

Dom Post story: ACT veto may lead to liquor changes


Falafulu Fisi said...

It is social engineering, period. It is the National Party indeed.

When a society is wealthy (cheap everything, including alcohol) it is being despised by nanny statists. They complain that the market supply too much, where things are too cheap. It should be unaffordable, they say. They say, that they will regulate it.

On the other hand, when a society is too poor, they could only wish they get access to the cheap goods available across nationwide stores of a wealthy society. Nanny statists complain if we're too wealthy, and they moan/complain if we're too poor (via various lobbyists such as eliminate poverty).

It is obvious that the unproductive of the society (politicians/wowserisms) want to tell productive people of what they're allowed to buy and what not from the market. Fucking pathetic.

Anonymous said...

the Labour Party. ..., having finally rejected socialism

On which planet?

Oh, right, yep, finally abandoned socialism and now openly advocate for communism!

State sector share of the economy:
China, today: 25%
Soviet Russia: 1967 30%
UK: 45%
NZ: 55%

Anonymous said...

Dalziel has a well found reputation for setting 'em up and knocking 'em back.

Just thought you'd all like to know.

Anonymous said...

Snicker. I well remember standing in a bottle store with my flattie Andrea, working out whether gin or vodka gave us the most alcohol for the least money.

Through an alcoholic haze I remember Psycho Milt being there, too, and at least one Dalziel.


Anonymous said...

When it comes to price vs value Dalziel has the advantage of being able to afford what she wants because someone else is paying. It seems it doesn't take long for pollies to forget.