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Thursday, November 30, 2006

Supernanny state

Heard of an iTrip?

Its a cool gadget that allows you to play your mp3 player tracks through your car radio, by sending out an fm frequency that your radio can tune into.

Jono found an article about cool gadgets for christmas that mentioned this iTrip and the fact that you cannot use it in the UK without a BROADCASTING LICENSE!!!

While there's some talk of changing this - I was still left gasping and gaping in disbelief.

And did you hear the one about the government hiring psychologists to tell you how to raise your children? No, I'm not joking. I know that teenagers here are particularly rancid, but maybe if the government stopped providing incentives for teenagers to get preggers, there'd be less people who are not emotionally mature enough to raise kids in a reasonable way!

Its surely not hard to see that obscure policies about so-called broadcasting are unnecessary, and their approach to welfare and delinquency is backwards?

This all just seems like basic common sense to me. You?

15 comments:

Urk said...

are you sure that maybe you have a nasty taste in music, and by making life difficult, the authorities have stopped you blaring out some Mango Groove in the traffic :)

Kate said...

if it was just my uncle graham who was not allowed to use it, then I would agree. That man's music collection should be burned! :)

TiggerTash said...

I must say, I'd be keen to hear what the shrinks have to say.
"Now, Tommy -- owfuck don't bite my ankle you little..."
"Ahem. Well, little Tommy, maybe you should stop terrorising your teachers and fellow pupils..."

"Shan't. Daddy says that's the British way. So up yours, wankers piss bollocks!"

Eish.

Kate said...

I bet that's the best prediction of how it will unfold yet!! Awful awful things, british kids.

Urk said...

maybe they should leave the FM transmitters alone, and stringently police the (proposed by urk) non-procreation of british people Act

Kate said...

Hear Hear, honourable lord Urk!

Urk said...

order...order in the court

seth said...

10 years of Labour government for you... how d'ya like being a Tory?

Kate said...

nooooooooooooo! aaaaarrrgh! I cant be! I'm melting! ;0

P.S. Hi Sethie-poo! how you?

belgatherial said...

I actually have one of those gadgets. (I so don't need to listen to the Quran on my way to work, and that's my other option here).

And I'm pretty sure we used it in Britain in the summer. Guess I'm an evil criminal. *grin*

Kate said...

Belgatherial: its people like you that ruin it for the rest of us law-abiding citizens ;P

Anonymous said...

That's rediculous. No wonder they love us hard-working Saffas so much.

I'll experience London for myself next year, then we can have a proper chat about it :)

Kate said...

well, i'm more north these days (lots more - edinburgh), but I'm always up for a little saffa-in-the-uk-bitching. :)

Dave said...

When the Griffin iTrip came out about 3 years ago we bought one in SA and planned to buy another in the UK and found out about their mad law. Then earlier this year I walked into an approved Apple Retailer and saw them for sale, I asked if the law had now changed. They told me it was still technically illegal to use one but there was no law against selling them. Nice one!

Kate said...

nice little loop hole, i think! :)