Do what we tell you, mofo
March 30, 2008
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Why are there so many government / public service-type adverts on the radio at the moment? Or is it just an affliction of Xfm – but then, I’ve also seen versions of these ads on TV. There’s the ones for being a social worker, the ones for joining the army, the ones for wearing a seatbelt in the back, the ones for watching out for motorcyclists, my personal favourite – the one that goes "Do you live next door to a darkie? Or even a towelhead? Maybe you just passed one in the street and didn’t like the look of him? You don’t have to be sure he isn’t a terrorist – report him REPORT HIM" – the ones for slips, trips and falls, business taxes…
Add these to the signs on buses telling me not to talk / play music / sit down when someone else might be in need of a seat (look, I’m fucking tired, OK?) / put my feet on the seats and oh my GOD when does it STOP?
Look, I’m favour of big government. I like social welfare and a nice bit of social justice. I think the Spanish system of having the lottery, gambling, telecoms et al in state control and using the profits to run the infrastructure, allowing a lower personal tax burden, is a good thing. But. Really. Get the hell out of my personal space!