Saturday, 8 January 2011

Tasmania: number one in the world



I thought I'd seen a typo in Fraser's post on Opium and Afghanistan, over at An Individual Voice:
It seems that poppy and opium production is big business for some countries, especially Tasmania. Other countries include India, France, Turkey and Spain, why can you not add Afghanistan to that list ?

Did he really mean Tasmania? Indeed he did. The answer to the question is; of course it should be added to the list, but I doubt that the farmers of Tasmania would welcome it. It's ridiculous when you think about it: making a flower illegal.

4 comments:

fraser said...

Cheers for the link TT.

When you think about it you need opium/opiates for a whole range of medicines,not just to get smashed out of your head.So someone needs to grow it,and i for one cannot believe why they are forcing Afghans to stop growing it,let them do what they seem pretty good at doing.

But, you are right Tasmania wouldn't like the compatition

Tippex Monkey said...

"It seems that poppy and opium production is big business for some countries, especially Tasmania."

Sorry to be a pedant but Tasmania is a state of Australia, not a country. As a card-carrying Tasmanian, it is my duty to comment. :)

I did like how Sky made an issue of the lack of security. Bearing in mind that most of these poppy farms are in rural areas of the the state - a state the size of the Republic of Ireland but with the population of Sheffield.

And the farmers have guns.

Trooper Thompson said...

TM,

well exactly, that was what threw me off originally. Anyway sounds a great to set up a libertarian republic. Any chance of a separatist movement springing along the lines of Washington/Jefferson?

Fraser,

I must say I'm not convinced that NATO is eradicating more than the occasional bonfire for the cameras. Whilst they refuse to permit the country to profit from a legitimate and necessary trade, somebody's making a lot of money.

fraser said...

TM. Ofcourse Tasmania is a state of Australia, your right it was lazy of me.

TT.I too am not convinced NATO is eradicating more than the occasional bonfire?

Tasmania a great place to set up a voluntaryst society?