Yes, even you.
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I’m going to say infinity years…
Lots of people deride the Jeremy Kyle show -often with some justification- as one of the very worst examples of car-crash television, parading the weak and the feckless for the viewing public’s titilation, and I suppose it does. What it also does, however, is provide a very real and current demonstration of how voluntary associations and trade can be harnessed to aid people absent the state’s involvement.
The Jeremy Kyle show does help people. They have comprehensive aftercare and counselling as well as providing the mediation, polygraph, DNA analysis or whatever else is required to help the participants turn whatever corner in their lives they have appeared on the show to turn. Nobody is forced to appear -except by their consciences or desire for the truth- and most importantly of all, the services provided by the show are free at the point of use.
This is not to say that the producers, researchers, counselling teams or even Mr. Kyle himself are volunteers, donating their time and energy for purely altruistic reasons (not that there is anything wrong with that), they expect to profit from it. They put on a show that people watch, sell advertising and turn a profit from helping people, all without court orders or state-certified mediation services or any of the other tendrils the big state loves to infect people’s private lives with. From this we can show that absent a state, the profit motive would indeed lead enterprising people to plug the gaps in the market left by the state’s dissolution, and those enterprises would by no means be out of the reach of the poor.
In today’s news, teaching union takes ignorance of new government plans to establish so-called “free schools” and place a modicum of competition in the school system as “parents don’t want these schools.”
In other news, the VAT increase is set to help bring down the spending deficit, but is it good for the economy? No plans to actually reduce government spending though, which would help a lot more.
They really are reaching now, aren’t they?
The Beeb was awash this morning with news that you can now buy a glass that will contain a -wait for it- a a whole bottle of wine! Arggh! Somebody alert the authorities!
Because of course, if someone usually drinks three or four glasses of wine then obviously if they use this type of glass then their consumption will skyrocket to three or four bottles! Ooman natcha, innit. People are greedy and furthermore too dim to appreciate the difference between a glass holding 25ml and a glass holding 70cl. Something Must Be Done! And just WHAT about the drain on the NHS, that’s what I’d like to know!!
Which all pre supposes that it’s actually anybody’s damn business how many bottles of wine an individual may or may not choose to drink, which of course it isn’t. Oh, and to cap it all off, this isn’t even news (it’s olds). Here’s a picture of my sister-in-law drinking vodka and coke out of just such a glass two christmases ago: