If the bureaucrats had their way, obstetric units would be filled with paper-pushers. The moment a baby was born, the mother would be faced with a slew of official paperwork to fill in. When you think about our fascination for licences and passports, it seems surprising that brand-new humans are allowed to appear without so much as a document that needs to be stamped! Come to think of it, there's no book of instructions either. How are we supposed to know how to live? Luckily you're as free as you choose to be today.
19 Jul 1976