Yesterday, health nutters realised their goal of taking away the personal freedom of a group that they have been hounding and vilifying for a few decades now.
The proposition is to ban smoking in London’s public parks and Trafalgar Square, presumably once they’ve driven there to put up signs to tell people to enjoy the fresh, cigarette-smoke free air.
Following the health utopia that is New York City, what applies to London will eventually be rolled out* across the UK by all too willing nannying councils.
Of course the enforcement of this alone boggles the mind; imagine being stalked by someone ready to pounce and issue a fine should the smoke coming out of your mouth not be from an e-cig (a big assumption these will be exempt), or because the weather is a little nippy, or that you’ve just had some hot Vimto.
Fortunately a common sense reaction, gratifyingly among many non-smokers (to clarify that I too, do not smoke); is playing out after countless health diktats about smoking, alcohol, exercise and diet, that this is indeed state overreach.
It is a case of chickens coming home to roost. The cries following the smoking ban of 2007 that this would be only a very thick end of an even thicker wedge are indeed playing out to every strata of society and affecting every ‘undesirable’, non-healthy vice that most regular people enjoy from time to time.
The typical “someone think of the children” shrill mantra is the rod for every proposed healthy endeavor.
If preventing future generations of children smoking is the key aim then this should be writ large…
If an act the state are trying to demonise is not in itself illegal, then it is not for the state to say what is good and what is bad to do in public.
It in plainly obvious for all reasonably minded people to see that it is up to the parents of said young minds, to educate their offspring the said activity is not good for them.
It does appear the health industry may have over-played its hand somewhat and it is a good thing that the harder and more frequent they push for their recommendations, the more likely they will meet an ever-increasing resistance, again gratifyingly from those not directly effected as they too realise that it is only a matter of time till they come for something they enjoy.
With that, I’m off to the pub.
* With the advent of both Downing Street and apparent libertarian conservative London Mayor (for the time being) Boris Johnson coming out “against” these plans, it does make you wonder if this is merely to show the state as less authoritarian than it actually is.