Magazine article The Spectator

Banned Wagon

Magazine article The Spectator

Banned Wagon

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A weekly survey of the things our rulers want to prohibit

WHILE morality is an area where the government is best advised to tread lightly, one might expect it to make a better effort at justifying its own laws. There are plenty of reasons why motorists should be banned from the road if caught driving while under the influence of alcohol, but the impact on their love life is not one of them. Yet that is the message of the latest anti-- drink-driving campaign. Radio adverts put out by the transport minister, and employing pricy sitcom stars, warn grimly of the consequences of running into a police patrol after a beer too many: you will lose your girlfriend to another man who has a flashier car but who refrains from drinking.

The fact that you might kill a few other motorists or pedestrians while driving drunk doesn't seem to come into it, the message is reduced to the pop-Freudian equation of motor car and penis. …

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