As FreedomWatch reported last week, the United Kingdom has now followed Australia’s lead by introducing mandatory plain packaging.
This is a victory for the Nanny State, but the legislation’s passage served to highlight one of the problems with Australian democracy: A culture of party discipline is strangling parliamentarians’ ability to represent their constituents and vote for what they believe is right.
Unlike in Australia—where plain packaging passed with bipartisan support—the UK legislation was put to a conscience vote. It was opposed by 113 MPs, 104 of which were Conservatives—accounting for more than one third of the prime minister’s party.
Such a situation is simply unimaginable in Australia.