Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Why the Lisbon treaty needs to get the boot....
The discussion on how people will vote over on James Corbett's blog has prompted me to blog on this subject myself.
Over the weeks leading up to the referendum I will put up posts that will indicate the stupidity and danger of this so-called treaty.
The treaty is all about giving more power to the bureaucrats that run the EU. These people have long ago given up actually managing the European Union as an entity and have instead decided to form a maze of work-groups, committees, think-tanks and other little sub-divisions. All that they do is regulate for the sake of regulating. Rules do not have to make sense as long as there is a rule (or in most cases several) to apply to a situation life in their civil servant fiefdoms is good...
The Sunday Times had an article on their frontpage recently that illustrates exactly the kind of lunatic ideas these people come up with:
Pipe down! Brussels slaps a noise order on heart of Scotland.
"THEIR high-pitched skirl has put fear into the hearts of Scotland’s enemies and sent sensitive tourists reaching for the cotton wool.
Now, however, the bagpipes are to be quietened by an edict from Brussels. From this month, pipers must adhere to strict volume limits or risk breaking European Union health and safety laws. Bands have been ordered to tone down or wear earplugs to limit noise exposure to 85 decibels. Typically, a pipe band played at full volume peaks at 122 decibels outdoors, noisier than the sound of either a nightclub or a chainsaw, which rises to 116 decibels. The prospect of more subdued bagpipes will be welcomed by some, but musicians have warned performances will suffer. Pipe majors claim it is virtually impossible to play quietly or to tune a band when the musicians are wearing earplugs, raising the prospect of a cacophony at showcase events such as the Edinburgh military tattoo.
The rules in effect limit practice without earplugs to about 15 minutes a day. While piping schools have begun issuing students with hearing protectors, pipe majors are preparing to make a stand. Ian Hughes, head of the RAF Leuchars band at an airbase in Fife, claimed the new legislation in effect outlawed bagpipe playing for the first time in more than 250 years.
The last time was after the Jacobite rising of 1745 and the defeat of Bonnie Prince Charlie’s clansmen at the battle of Culloden. “These limits are far too low. If we have to go with these regulations, pipe bands won’t exist,” said Hughes. “Every pipe band in the world will be above the maximum volume level.
“Bringing in a law making pipers wear ear protection means the playing of pipes is outlawed. Earplugs take away the clarity of the sound and create a problem if you’re trying to tune a band up to a certain standard.
“You can’t play the pipe quietly; they haven’t got a volume switch.”
The rules are part of the control of noise at work regulations, introduced by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) following a Brussels directive.
The rules cap weekly average noise exposure at 85 decibels, meaning periods of loud play need to be cancelled out by quiet periods. The idea is not to protect audiences at concerts but performers and other staff.
The new directive also affects rock and classical musicians. Classical orchestras are considering whether they may have to hold quiet rehearsals for music by composers such as Wagner or Verdi to offset the loudness of their concerts.
The loudest rock bands have included the Who, who in 1976 reached 126 decibels. They were beaten last year, however, by the Watford punk band Gallows, who hit 132.5 decibels.
Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister, lead singer of Motorhead, the heavy metal band, said he would resist any attempt to force him to turn down the music.
“The essence of rock’n’roll is loud music,” he said. “How the hell can we be expected to enjoy ourselves if we’ve got to turn it down?”
“Audiences will see musicians in orchestras wearing earplugs in the future,” said Mark Pemberton, director of the Association of British Orchestras. “We are also looking at other ways of reducing noise such as putting acoustic screens between musicians.”
An HSE spokesman said: “If an employer discovers an employee has been exposed above the exposure defined in the regulations they must take action.”"
This proves my point exactly. Nobody benefits from these types of regulations. The musician do not need to be protected against themselves as they voluntarily play their instrument. The audience is attending voluntarily so they also do not need to be protected. It's just a case of suffocating the population with a big blanket of rules and regulations and creating a self perpetuating nanny state.
It would turn Europe into a bigger version of Belgium and believe me that is the last thing anybody needs...