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Sunday trading laws suspended for the Olympics


What?  Either these laws make sense or they don’t.  I take the view that they don’t.  They are a silly sop to people who want to take the fourth commandment seriously, and they want you to as well.  So let’s use force.  Do you really think Christianity would be voluntary for long if these bastards had any real power anymore with this mindset? 


Anyway, as a reminder of the injunction 


“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.


So I am not entirely certain how only shopping for six hours in a store of more then 3,000 square feet will not get God all smite-happy (although there has been  a notable absence of such smite-related disasters since we worked out what actually caused things) but you see what I mean.  I suppose you could argue that punishment comes in the after-life ~ God might perhaps think “Okay I see you lived a good life, gave to the poor, were kind to animals, went to church….wait, what’s this?  You sinful bastard, you bought a DVD past four o’clock* in a Sainsbury’s megastore on the Sabbath?  

…….It’s the fiery pit for you chummy”


But let’s assume its okay to inconvenience the national proles with this nonsense, how in the hell is it okay to de facto say “Well we don’t give two shits about you tax-paying plebs, but we can’t have the IOC or tourists inconvenienced except for the obvious security, travel restrictions, limited array of vendors, chunky costs and all that so for a few weeks it’s bye bye to the law of Moses and hello mammon”


* depending on the specific relative rotation of the earth and international time zone unknown in the bronze age when this was written obviously. 


  1. Michael says:

    Being from Scotland, whenever I go down to England I’m always baffled by Sunday trading laws, or more specifically 24 hour Tescos only opening for a few hours!

  2. RAB says:

    When I was a lad, Sunday’s were like this…

    They have improved vastly already, but still have a way to go. :-)

  3. Mr Ed says:

    Here is the Enabling Act:

    But the restrictions on loading and unloading remain in force, so any boost in sales may leading to bare shelves.

    The reform in 1994 was perhaps the only achievement of John Major’s wasteful administration.

  4. Single Acts of Tyranny says:

    “so any boost in sales may leading to bare shelves”

    A very good spot if I may say so.

    Utter madness of course. I honestly can’t watch ‘the thick of it’ because I rather fancy it is all too close to the truth and to have such utter hoons calling the shots is rather galling.

  5. Sam Duncan says:

    I know what you mean, Michael. I always find it strange that presbyterian Scotland liberalized its Sunday trading laws long before England. I suppose the thinking was that if you want to burn in the eternal fires of Hell for selling the Sunday Post after dinner time, then that’s your own lookout. Which, really, is fair enough. I only wish today’s political class could display such tolerance for behaviour they dislike.

  6. SadButMadLad says:

    What about the people who want to work on a Sunday because that’s the time when a lot of people are out and about mooching around. I know someone who regularly works the weekend at craft fairs and shows. Why should they be stopped from working a full day due to the desire of a dwindling group of people to keep one day special.

    In fact it could be said that Sunday is racist?


    Because Muslims use Friday as their holy day. Do we see the whole country coming to a stop on that day? No! So why should we do the same on Sunday.

  7. jameshigham says:

    Wonder what G-d makes of it all. Probably rolls the eyes upwards and sighs.

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