Have Australians become victims of Stockholm Syndrome toward their own government?
Yesterday, John Howard described smokers as ‘pariahs’. There was barely a whimper from the 1 in 4 Australians who like a smoko.
When proposals were outlined to ban smoking in cars carrying children, almost no-one was heard shouting, ‘i’ll decide who smokes in my car, thankyou very much’.
When Manly Council announced plans to ban smoking throughout the Manly area, including outdoors (!), hordes of angry smokers did not descend onto the Corso demanding their right to pursue their chosen legal activity in an area where no-one would be affected. In fact, everyone just meekly nodded and shrugged their shoulders apologetically.
Now that a 250 peer-reviewed study has claimed that ‘individuals can no longer be held responsible for their obesity’, how long will it be before ‘fat bastard taxes’ are introduced in Australia plus junk food advertising bans plus junk-free eating areas serving carrots and lentils only.
I eagerly await the next directive from Stockholm Central. Some suggestions;
i) Mandatory bed times for children under the age of ten of 8pm.
ii) Mandatory twice weekly visit to the gym (membership subsidised by govt)
iii) A ban on sun cream sales of anything less than Factor 50.
iv) Speed limits to be reduced by 10kph if children are present in the car.
v) Mandatory helmets to be worn for coastal walking.
vi) Ban on children under the age of twelve being left unsupervised by an adult at any time.
vii) A ban on drinking alcohol while operating a BBQ.
As a relative newcomer to these shores, would someone help me understand why your government treats you all like naughty schoolchildren? And second, why do Australians stand for this shit?