Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Alternative headlines

Drink young and crash is the frontpage headline in the DomPost today. Fair enough. It relates reasonably to a study which has shown road crash rates increasing for young people.

One inference is the lowering of the drinking age is to blame.

But the headline could have read,"Road crashes up since Boyracer legislation introduced". It all depends on which angle the media wants to push.


Oswald Bastable said...

The lower price of cars is no doubt also a factor. Next the statists will want a tax on second-hand car sales.

I mean, doesn't that sort of thing stop us drinking and smoking!

Lindsay Mitchell said...

It's that ole lefty logic Oswald.

Taxing undesirable behaviour eg smoking and drinking, will discourage it.

Taxing desirable behaviour eg work and saving, will encourage it.

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