Friday, July 8, 2011

Cig war won, on to beer

Don’t tell me I didn’t warn you. How many times have I said that?

Australian health campaigners are now urging that draconian restrictions applied to tobacco should now be extended to alcohol.

"The Cancer Council of Australia argues even one drink is dangerous, a view similar to its position that even one cigarette can injure health."

So goodbye to the convenient fiction that moderate amounts of alcohol are beneficial to health. And yet more evidence that Australia, once a byword for rugged individualism, is fast becoming the world’s foremost Nanny State.

And some of you thought that the anti-tobacco campaign was something that could be entirely separated from the anti-alcohol campaign?

This has already been mentioned by Dick Puddlecote and Chris Snowdon, amongst others, but many visitors here won’t be readers of the political blogs.