Monday, January 15, 2007

Your humble Devil answered Iain's call, and is popping up on 18DoughtyStreet again this evening, on the Blogger TV section.
UPDATE: Thanks to all those who offered - In fact I've extended the sofa to three and we'll be seeing Mark Pack from LibDem Voice, Nick Palmer MP and Devil's Kitchen. The swear box is being prepared... Don't forget to tune in at 9!

I'll also be "on with James from Cicero's Songs and Tory MP Richard Spring. One of the subject we'll be discussing is why so few MPs blog."
An interesting question, I'm sure you'll agree; I'll need to go and research the blogs of some of those MPs who do indulge, methinks...


Anonymous said...

I will give that chap Redwood due credit for publishing comments (from me)that others I'm sure would have binned.
Most MPs do not blog because feedback from the proles is not required, they know best.
UKIP seem to have noticed blogs about their site, anything to do with you swearing at them DK??

PJ said...

From Nick Robinson's Blog:
"Social responsibility

* Nick
* 15 Jan 07, 08:53 AM

Could tradeable fat permits be the answer to the nation's growing waistlines? Or how about booze permits to tackle the growth in alcohol abuse? The idea's an intriguing one and comes from a working group set up by David Cameron to look at how to make business more responsible. The group's just floating ideas at this stage but it wants the Tories to examine whether the methods being used to tackle pollution and climate change could also be used to confront other social ills.

So, just as airlines will soon be able to buy and sell permits to emit carbon, food and drink firms might be able to buy and sell them for producing fatty foods or intoxicating drinks. The aim is to give businesses incentives to move away from doing what's bad for society and do more of what's good and to rely less on government regulation.

The group proposes that firms that act responsibly could be rewarded by being regulated less. The ideas will be unveiled today at a summit on social responsibility - the Tory leader's Big Idea. He's determined to prove that it's a coherent alternative to what he dubs Labour's big government approach. He wants also to show that he's not been scared off by rows about chocolate oranges and padded children’s bras.

So far, social responsibility's not really flown as a big idea. It's been dismissed either as a headline-grabbing soundbite or mere exhortation to business and society to do more. What the Conservatives are trying to show is that there is a role for government in setting the framework for policy even if politicians themselves actually do less."

Robinson, if you buy into this 'permits for alcohol & fatty foods production' nonsense you're a bigger fool than I thought you were. Unlike the highly contentious case of CO2 there is no argument that the production of either causes any harm whatsoever. The dangers are in the overindulgence in these substances by individuals. That's their problem, not ours. A permit trading system implies Government licensing and by extension a restriction on the granting of those licences or the permits would accrue no value - there would be no market. Very simple supply & demand economics.
Assenting to a system like this sets a precedent for a Government to assume licensing powers over any and every legitimate activity of its people. If you have bothered to read any history you will realise that it would effectively return us to the mediaeval guild system. What's next? A licence to mill grain or dye cotton. They wouldn't even need to draft legislation - just translate it from the original Latin.

PJ said...

I posted the above to illustrate that Polly Toynbee is not the only brain dead cunt in journalism. However she does have the legitimate excuse of having failed her A-Levels and isn't the Political Editor of the BBC.

I will make no condemnation of Cameron for thinking up the idea in the first place. He's a (add adjective/s of your choice here) politician and I would expect no better.

PJ said...

Sorry, a slight anachronism crept into my 12:39. It should have been of course "....dye wool..." as dyed cottons were of course imported and subject to a different 'custom'.

Oh yeah? So what has happened for the last ten years, exactly?

Over at the ASI, they are posting some of the winning entries of the Young Writers on Liberty. One does not want to put such keen minds off,...