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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Revenge of the Nanny State

And last week the stupidity made yet another lunge into the fabric of society with the news that government ministers were considering new laws that would force everyone to take a test before they were allowed to keep a dog.

No, really. Because one dog once ate one child, some hopeless little twerp from the department of dogs had to think of something sincere to say on the steps of the coroner’s court. Inevitably, they will have argued that the current law is “not fit for purpose”, whatever that means, and that “steps must be taken to ensure this never happens again”.

My favorite bit:

Happily, however, I have a solution to the problem, a way that normal human behaviour can be preserved. It’s simple. We must start to accept that 5% of the population at any given time is bonkers. There are no steps to be taken to stamp this out and no lessons to be learnt when a man with a beard boards a plane with an exploding dog.
Read the whole thing: What a daft way to stop your spaniel eating the milkman. HT Free Range Kids.


Retrieverman said...

5% bonkers?

Nah. It's more like 30%.

BTW, have you seen this:

Jess said...

Yes, I'm familiar with those dogs. Very interesting as they are being preserved as a landrace, not being divided into breeds by region or country. I like their code of ethics and breeder guidelines. Johan Gallant, who wrote the book on these dogs, also has a book called SOS Dog that is about how modern Western breeding practices have weakened modern dog breeds.

Mark said...

I heard today that all ideas to make all dog owner take out insurance to cover third party (incase your dog bites or otherwise injures someone) have been dropped! a relief but but we all is only a matter of time before the next crazy idea!

Retriever I met Johan and Edith Gallant in Kazakhstan both wonderful people. Both books are well worth a read.