Pioneer spirit best answer to failures of nanny state
We should be revelling in rugged self-sufficiency before settling back into complacent dependency, writes Eilis O'Hanlon
A tragedy waiting to happen -- this was how one Garda Superintendent described reports in Co Donegal last week that locals had been riding quad bikes and driving jeeps across the frozen loughs.
Spoilsport. It's a free country, isn't it? If people want to risk life and limb by heading out on to the frozen waterways of the country on the back of a glorified tricycle, that's their business. Just so long as they don't expect emergency workers to put their own lives on the line to rescue the victims from the consequences of their mammoth stupidity.
Ah, but there's the rub. They would expect it. And if tragedy got tired of waiting to happen and decided to turn up and spoil the party by actually happening, the nutters involved would be demanding to know why the local council hadn't put up signs telling them that taking vehicles weighing the same as a baby hippo out on to the nearest patch of ice might not be good for their health or why the Government hadn't spent millions on a nationwide ad campaign to pass on warnings which any halfway intelligent person should have been able to figure out for themselves. Then they'd put in a claim for compensation, so they could buy more quad bikes.