There has been a persistent campaign to have ticket touting made illegal. However, because that campaign has not been extended to cover other commodities, it may be just a publicity-chasing exercise.
After all, if fixed, permanent prices were applied to houses as well as to concert or match tickets, it might go a long way towards resolving the housing crisis. The principle, one that flies in the face of our capitalist society, is identical.
That campaign has been re-energised by Fine Gael TD Noel Rock, who has again called for legislation to curb ticket touts. Mr Rock reports that tickets for next Saturday Six Nations’ game between Ireland and England in Dublin are advertised online at a bonkers €2,700.
There are few things more enlivening for an Irish person than the prospect of beating England at anything but the reality is that anyone daft enough to pay €2,700 for a match ticket needs a doctor’s appointment rather than protective legislation — or else they just have far too much money.
The best way to end touting is not to buy tickets from touts.