Once again, the snooping busybodies are being actively encouraged to report their neighbours and friends to the police. This time the excuse is drink driving.
A motoring organisation has criticised a drink-drive campaign which rewards people who report offenders with payments of up to £200.
The RAC is opposed to this idea, which is good. Don’t get me wrong, drinking and driving are not a healthy mix. Alcohol adversely affects one’s ability to control a motor vehicle – even in small amounts and I would always advise total abstinence if you are planning to drive or ride. However, I don’t like the idea of it being a specific offence and I don’t approve of crackdowns such as this one. Far better to use the weight of the law as a deterrent. Sean Gabb once posited the idea of simply using the offences against the persons act as a punishment for those who caused death or injury while intoxicated at the wheel. There would be no need to worry about limits and no specific offence – but get it wrong and you go to gaol for ten years. I’m inclined to agree with him. We need less legislation, not more.
But what I really despise about this campaign is that it yet again encourages us to dob in our neighbours. Frankly, I don’t care what my neighbours get up to as I’m far too busy minding my own business to notice, I won’t be calling the police, because I am sick of this continual propaganda trying to get us to become informants. The Gestapo did it the Stasi did it, now, it seems the UK state is doing it and I’m not playing.