Tuesday, 10 March 2009

Nanny State: Taxing violent video games?

I have a lot of sympathy for Damilola Taylor's father. He is no doubt doing marvellous work advising Gordon Brown on knife crime. However, today he has come up with an idea that smacks of Labour Nanny State interference - taxing violent video games.

Mr Taylor said: “I have young people who I mentor and I see them go up and buy the games and it saddens me that they are being able to have such a negative impact.”

Taxing these games will not save lives, it sounds too much like the abusive partner register that saw Jacqui Smith accused of gimmickry yesterday. What will save lives is police on the beat, zero tolerance of anti social behaviour, discipline in schools and a return to a moral society.

Oh, and bring back shame.


Martin said...

Isn't it odd how he doesn't seem to want to extend it to violent films, the scapegoat of the 80's with films like Natural Born Killers?
Before then it was rap music.
Before then, rock and roll.

Apparantly, those things are no longer a risk. These losers aren't even consistant, they're just trying to find the easiest scapegoat they can.

Caroline Hunt said...

Tax them? Computer games are one of the most expensive consumer goods. A single game is going to set you back minimum of £35. If this is meant to be a tax to discourage people from buying games then that is ridiculous.

Andy said...
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Andy said...

Martin: Eh? Rap music wasn't scapegoated before the 1980s. The first rap record didn't even chart before late 1979 - and that wasn't particularly violent! The "Gangsta Rap" scene kicked in around the early 1990s.

As you are only 20, and don't even remember the 1980s, I daresay this explains your confusion!