She just can't help meddling

PhilipD's picture
Submitted by PhilipD on Wed, 2008-08-06 07:12


"The Government has put forward a bill that would result in grocery stores smaller than 150 square metres losing their right to sell wine and beer...Associate Justice Minister Lianne Dalziel said the bill would be a conscience vote and she hoped it would be sent to a select committee before this Parliament was dissolved."


Why exactly the magic number is 150 and not 147.2 or 151.7 square metres  she doesn't make clear. Neither does she make clear what possible good could result from her suggested intrusion.  But it does seem clear that this is a blatant attempt at reducing the number of liquor outlets by removing the right of small businesses to sell the demon drink. Never mind that many good hardworking people have bought such enterprises on the basis of its liquor turnover; or that others, after working 12, 13, and 14 hours each and every day, are finally taking a reward for their efforts. And never mind the vast, vast majority of responsible drinkers who would just like to buy a drink from who they dammed well please.


No, "never mind" says Dalziel, who just wants to be seen to be doing something...anything..... while screwing the productive again in the process.


And this from the frigging Minister of Commerce!

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PhilipD's picture

 a very fine one too!


"The ultimate result of shielding men from folly is to fill the world with fools."

-Herbert Spencer 

Subject ...

Lindsay Perigo's picture

... of new press release. Smiling

Not very good for AGW!

Callum McPetrie's picture

People will start driving more to get the alcohol -and that emits CO2!

Christ, these govt authorities think that by regulating small businesses out of the market, that somehow people will stop buying their alcohol!

"Socialism may be dead, but its corpse is still rotting up the place." -Ayn Rand

This is what happens when

Elijah's picture

This is what happens when you put Women in charge of things.....

(oops, did I say that? ha ha!)

..but seriously, I imagine the 150 square metres is the figure which showed up in Labour Party focus groups, considering they have spent 9 years governing in response to focus groups and opinion polls.

I am appalled at this is an attack on producers, on small businessmen by out of control socialists.

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