to many this is something that you would think is trivial even over reactionary but i put it to the reader to think about it carefully. in many countries over the world governments are putting more and more restrictions on freedom how in a free society is this achieved by government?
the first thing that many governments do is to erode small and basic freedoms in that society is to put restrictions on small things such as the banning of pen knives. this to some seems a good idea and a small minority will support such a measure, but if you look a the scenario.
a government wishes to ban their populous from having knives so they put it out through small groups of individuals and through the media that everyone that owns a knife is doing so for an alter motive. this gets a minority of impressionable people to think that this is a good idea, this is implanting a thought that the knife is detrimental to the fabric of society.
after this they will then try to show in some manner figures that show the use of the knives is detrimental to society as a whole. this then opens the idea to restrict the sale and use of knives to make and size. dose this protect society no it does not all that happens is that anther freedom is lost.
and to those that say yes but knives harm society just remember this, the banning handguns in the UK have not stopped the use of handguns. in fact the crime figures have shown that since that legislation gun crime has increased and illegal gun ownership has also increased.
also has any knife amnesty ever stopped people from stabbing each other no, the only way to stop violent acts is to look at the root course of that violence and try to resolve it.
the only thing that happens when you legislate against anything is that you take away freedom from the law abiding citizens. in some type of political ideologies it is their goal to do so such as socialism, communism and totalitarianism.
what has this got to do with plastic carrier bags, as for many years governments have tried to pass legislation on the use of plastic bag and shopping bags in general. at first you can say ‘oh that sounds like a good idea’ and they will say it is good for the environment. but scratch the surface and you see under the thin vainer that is is a smokescreen for hidden taxation.
but then they can say that the money off them can go to charity, this is a way to try and make anyone who questions them and their motives as anti charity and hart less. this is a despicable tactic that is used, it remind me of a talk given by Ezra Taft Benson
“By deriving its just powers from the governed, government becomes primarily a mechanism for defense against bodily harm, theft and involuntary servitude. It cannot claim the power to redistribute the wealth or force reluctant citizens to perform acts of charity against their will”
Ezra Taft Benson 1968
yes plastic bags are bad for the environment and yes you could say it is not up to the shop to supply them. but this is not the case the carrier bag was introduced so that the shop know that people had paid for the items and for advertising the shop. it is beneficial for the use of bags for both the shop and the customer.
if this was anything to do with environmental reasons you would encourage the use of paper bags as they are biodegradable, but it is not it is a way to control how shops do business and putting unnecessary restrictions on free trade.
also saying that in giving the money made of bags to charity takes away the idea that it is taxation, in in the UK it is a offence to force people to give to charity so the upcoming law in Scotland and legislation put down by the Welsh assembly is in contravention to the law. no one not even the government can make anyone give charity.
this just show that the Scottish parliament hold our law in contempt and that they try to push a program of control on the people of Scotland under the guise of good intentions but with the insidious intent to control every aspect of life.
this is due to the make-up of the parliament it is full of socialists and nationalists both very demanding and controlling ideologies. this is not the only bit of legislation that the head of the Scottish parliament and said that would restrict freedom like the idea to have all children monitored by the state to keep them safe. this unlike the bag tax is not even been hidden they are just out ritually saying the state can rear your children better than you. this is just showing how people have been condition that a politicians thinks he can come out with policies that are a mirror image of legislation that has more in common with the NAZI state and Stalinist Russia than any free society.
the major trouble is that in the UK over the past 20 years we have let politician think for us instead of thinking for our selves. the repercussions of this is that we have speed cameras maned by faceless corporations handing out road traffic fines in collusion with dubious practices from many local authorities
it is up to individuals in a society to question their government, if you stop questioning only tyranny and control is left.