Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Better Living Through Meddling ?

Government, it is said, should only have the remit of those things which civil society can’t do without laws to compel it. The EU takes the reverse tack: it tries to offer whatever services appear to have been successfully without the cold and clammy hand of government on its neck:

Yesterday the energy saving lamp, today data retention. Tomorrow: recording your frequent flyer points and what hotel you stay in. Its highly questionable and intrusive meddling is costing the EU the trust of the public.
Like mobile phone chargers, and the like, one wonders where they get this communistic sisyphean exercise with the state keeping up with the rest of the world’s capacity to provide quality goods and services.

I’ve got an idea! Why don’t they run a chain of grocery stores?!? with a view to acheiving harmony.