I think they've gone beyond anything any comedy writer could imagine. With a hat tip to Madogre, Britain is now wanting to ban fire extinguishers because, get this, they pose a fire hazard. The claim is that untrained people might try to fight the fire rather than leave. There is also a concern that someone might use the wrong fire extinguisher on the wrong kind of fire.
Back in the day, the Monty Python gang made fun of bureaucratic stupidity (ministry of silly walks?), but this is something too stupid even for them.
So now I guess, it's not just guns that pose a hazard to the great unwashed, but fire extinguishers too. Maybe I'm just paranoid, but it seems more and more clear to me every day that the "progressive" ideal isn't to protect people, but to make people dependent, and incapable of acting without government approval, as a dependent people bleating for security are far easier to rule.