From the incomparable Dick Puddlecote:
My personal favourite was a story of a politician who was offered a drink late at night and chose a single malt. His companion went to the bar but was told he couldn't be served that particular drink because it counted as a shot and the law said they were illegal after midnight in order to tackle binge-drinking. "What a stupid law that is!", raged the politician, to which his friend replied, "yes, but you voted for it".
Thus we are reminded that firstly many politicians are stupid and, secondly, that Australia has some of the most controlling, nannying and downright offensive government in what we still call the free world.