Eamonn Butler (Adam Smith Institute) puts out a monthly email, from which (and I am sure – I hope – he won’t mind my reproducing his thoughts):
Britain has put the clocks back. Mind you, UKIP leader Nigel Farage would like to see them put back to before 1973! And Labour MPs have told Ed Miliband that he should stand down. (Still, they say his tennis game is improving. Even tennis balls want to distance themselves from him.)
Meanwhile, I see that cannabis is now legal in Washington DC. (Given all the crackpot ideas that come out of the place, I thought this had already happened.) The UK coalition ‘partners’, meanwhile, have been scrapping over ‘the war on drugs’. (Someone should tell them that the War on Drugs is over, and drugs won.) Adding drugs and prostitution into the GDP figures has got the UK hit with a £1.7bn membership fee. (Bad timing, since auditors have just found that the EU misspent £5.5bn last year. Most probably went on drugs and hookers.) Still, we shouldn’t knock drugs. At least they’ve taught an entire generation of kids the metric system. Content yourself with the thought that, if government were a product, selling that would be illegal too.
The Republicans swept the House and Senate this week. P J O’Rourke must be pleased. As he says “I’m a registered Republican and consider socialism a violation of the American principle that you shouldn’t stick your nose in other people’s business except to make a buck.”
Within Butler’s humour are a lot of ‘home truths’.