Obi-Wan’s libertarian streak


Ewan McGregor may be a closet libertarian:

LONDON (AFP) — Ewan McGregor said he is sick of Britain’s “ludicrous nanny state” rules, which he said might force him to quit the country, in an interview to be published Tuesday.

Health and safety regulations were becoming “insane”, the 36-year-old film star told the weekly Radio Times magazine.

The Scottish actor, who played the young Obi-Wan Kenobi in the most recent Star Wars trilogy, blasted the rise of security cameras and London’s congestion charge, which forces drivers to pay to enter the city centre.

McGregor recently completed a 15,000-mile (24,000-kilometre) motorcycle adventure, riding the length of Africa with best friend and fellow actor Charley Boorman.

“Our trip opened my eyes to how insane the rules are in Britain — CCTV cameras everywhere, congestion charge — a ludicrous nanny state.

“If anything drives me out of the country it will be that — not tax, I don’t earn enough.”

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