Saving the poor – one prawn at a time

March 25, 2010

One of the great things about Hey…What did I miss? is that people send me lots of bizarre Nanny State things from around the world. This week I thought I’d share some.

This one is from a pub in Perth a few days ago. Read the fine print:

Could you imagine what would happen if the vulnerable or disadvantaged thought that this flyer for banana prawns was directed at them? (I didn’t make this up – you can see the full advertisement for yourself here.) And this one is from (where else?) England:

So the idea is that they’re too drunk to stay on the train platform – but sober enough to read and understand a warning sign? With all this Nanny State nagging I wasn’t surprised to see this sign, which the IPA’s Tim Wilson photographed on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula:

The big thing this week has been the American health care bill. So what did Congress actually pass? Bloomberg has a summary of the bill. And Reason Magazine imagines what the American health system will look like in 2020 – it’s not great. Mark Steyn goes through what it all means.

The lastest edition of Vanity Fair has some great pieces. There’s the sequel to Wall Streethere’s the trailer for the new movie. And just for old time’s sake here’s two classics – the trailer of the 1987 original – and that speech by Gordon Gekko (and don’t pretend you don’t love it). And there’s also this fascinating piece about the wives of Lehman Brothers – it’s on the lifestyles of the sort of people who get $80 million redundancy packages. Here’s what I wrote about how global warming wrecked Lehman Brothers.

Here’s what IPA staff were talking about this week: in the Herald Sun on Saturday, Alan Moran looked at the looming energy crisis in Australia. And in the Sunday Age, Chris Berg said the problem with the centre-right is they have no philosophy.

PS: Did you see the IPA’s Tim Wilson on the ABC’s Q&A on Monday? If you missed it, the video is available here.

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