Monday, 7 July 2014
Many people complain about the nanny state. Until, that is, someone does something that annoys us. Then the first thing many say is "Someone should do something about that." Which, of course, means the government in one of its many central or local forms.
At the weekend I came across last winter's magazine from the company that provides my vehicle breakdown service. The fact that drink-driving is on the up caught my eye. Then I saw the question "Who's to blame?". What? Surely there is only one person to blame when someone drinks and drives and that is the person who drank and drove.
The government may be able to help prevent it by executing drink-drivers or even by imposing some lesser penalty but does that make the government to blame for drink-driving? You could outlaw alcohol production and sale (fat chance!) but are the producers and sellers of alcohol actually to blame for its misuse?
Isn't it about time we actually started taking responsibility and blame for our actions?