Magazine article The Spectator

Banned Wagon

Magazine article The Spectator

Banned Wagon

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`WE can't have an economy made up of people selling burgers to each other,' devotees of the manufacturing industry like to say of the shift towards a servicebased economy. Indeed we can't, not least because the government is trying to render the activity illegal. Earlier this month it became illegal to sell burgers and hot dogs in the royal parks. Traders will be liable to fines of up to 1,000 and to have their trolleys seized.

That frying burgers causes a nuisance is true. But the words of the Arts Minister Alan Howarth reveal the almost manic devotion with which this government sets out to stop people doing things: `For far too long visitors to our royal parks have been hoodwinked by the burger bandits into paying exorbitant prices for unhygienic fare ... not only that, but there have been worrying media reports that organised crime may be behind the traders' operations.'

In other words, a government which attacks the Fourth Estate at every turn for its 'distorted' reporting on matters such as European integration is suddenly prepared to take it at its word when it comes to finding an excuse to outlaw an entire industry. …

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