Feb 8, 2013

Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

New research suggests plastic grocery bag bans in San Francisco have resulted in an increased number of deaths by food poisoning.

Richard Farmer

Crikey political commentator

The case of the re-usable killing bags. What is it that bloke Newton said? “To every action there is always an equal and opposite reaction.” And so it invariably happens when the social engineers get engineering. History is littered with harmful unintended consequences of do-gooders attempting to do good. The latest example I have stumbled across is how banning plastic grocery bags is resulting in an increasing number of deaths by food poisoning.


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2 thoughts on “Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

  1. David Coles

    So we have to stuff up the place just because people can’t be bothered keeping things clean?

  2. Jim Moore

    Re the reusable killing bags. Why don’t you and Bernard Keane just go get a room so we don’t have to read your libertarian love-notes to each other. Preferably not one in a building that has been “socially engineered” with government safety regulations. And your use of the term “social engineers” in place of the insulting “nanny Staters” doesn’t make your piece look less ignorant, just sly.

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