Tuesday, 14 April 2009

Why do people make silly laws?

Yes, the Mexican government doesn't like this Burger King advertisement. That's because, according to the Telegraph, "Mexico has strict laws prohibiting the defamation of the flag."

I suppose someone thought these laws were a good idea. Maybe they thought they were necessary. But they seem a little pointless to me. I'm sure we'd never have come up with something as silly in Darkest Peru.

But there is another odd thing. The Mexican ambassador to Spain says that the ad "offends Mexicans and Mexico." Mexicans are offended by seeing their flag used this way? That's a bit odd, isn't it? No-one in England or Scotland or Wales or Ireland would mind their flag being used this way. And so I'm tempted to guess that few Mexicans would be offended if they didn't have these daft laws. In other words, the passing of unnecessary laws causes people to be unnecessary offended.

That can't be a good thing, can it?

1 comment:

Robin Smith said...

Recently I came across some of the very weird laws of UK. It made me wonder when and under which circumstances these laws were invented. What’s more surprising is that the laws still exist.