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Repeal Sunday shopping restrictions

Comment 7th July 2010

If I go to my village shop on a Sunday after 16h00 I cannot buy soap or toilet paper – these are but a few items that  are prohibited from sale after 16h00 on Sunday.   Yet I am permitted to buy  wine, junk food and cigarettes.  

Smaller shops are able to comply with these restrictions by blocking off certain aisles or sections of their shop, but this is impractical for large supermarkets; they just close altogether at 16h00 on a Sunday.

It is patently absurd that I can buy a bottle of wine on a Sunday at 16h30 but I can't by a corkscrew to open it!    What purpose do such regulations serve in a secular state?  Indeed, they would not even serve any purpose in a theocracy.

Why does this matter?

The laws that place restrictions on what goods may be sold on Sunday after 16h00 are silly.  There is simply no other word for it.   And legislation that is silly reflects badly on the legislating authority and undermines public respect for, and confidence in, the authority.    

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