Let’s stop MPs drinking and lawmaking

At BHP Billiton sites you have to be able to blow 0.00 on an alcohol breathalyzer before walking into any facility. This is not only to prevent operators of machinery from causing harm, but also to prevent poor decisions being made by anybody that could also cause harm.

It’s a very real rule, and jobs are at stake if you break it

– at 7am on my first day at a South African Aluminium site each person walking through the turnstyles into the offices was  breathalyzed. In the months following I was breathalyzed many more times

– At another site two of us suspected that an external contractor, as he arrived at the security desk,  had been drinking. Our concerns were not followed up immediately by the two security people present (including the security boss) and so they (and the drunk contractor) found themselves turfed off site that day.

It’s the same with any heavy industrial plant, and the same with many other institutions, such as banks, in many countries. You are simply going to be at much higher risk of making poor decisions when you have been drinking.

Watching parliament tonight I am shocked at what I see. At least one of the speakers tonight showed visible signs of drinking, and the behaviour in general seems to be the sort that is exacerbated by the consumption of alcohol.

Why can our lawmakers be drunk when they are making laws?

How can they be fit to legislate but not fit to drive?

Can’t we insist on our lawmakers on being sober when they are in the House of Parliament?

Let’s breathalise them all randomly as they walk into the chamber, and let’s turf them out if they blow positive, and publish the results.

Published by Lance Wiggs


5 replies on “Let’s stop MPs drinking and lawmaking”

  1. That’s a disgrace. It makes a mockery of our law. Especially when they are making laws about the ability to fire people within 90 days of hiring – and I imagine drinking on the job would be a viable reason to let someone go.

    However, we DO drink at work. Not often and not when there is any scary stuff to do. But web design is far different from law making.


  2. Yep, sounds good. Of course, the chances of this getting passed as law are about as slim as anything I can imagine…

    On second thought, it’s highly unlikely, but maybe the Speaker would have the power to enforce something like this already? And if Lockwood Smith isn’t a boozer, he might be just the type to inflict this sort of thing on his workmates…


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