In Britain, you are not allowed to replace a broken window in your own home unless you're a member of the professional window replacers guild. Why? To ensure compliance with Britain's Tokyo Accords obligations. Nellie, whoa.

You'll soon also be unable to wire up a new light in your own kitchen without being a member of the Royal Wirers and Splicers Guild or whaterver. There are hundreds of regs like this in the UK. I'm led to believe that Britain is - relatively - less encumbered by the dead dead dead hand of the state than other Euro zones. Jesus Huntington Christus. And the Czechs signed up for the EU. Thin edge, thin edge.

I wonder what some of those backwoods types I met out in western Montana earlier this year would think of the idea of applying for planning permission to replace a broken window.

Steve | 13:28 |