"The science is clear: Prolonged exposure to secondhand smoke - whether you're indoors or out - hurts your health. Today, we're doing something about it."And with this astoundingly ill-informed statement did Mayor Bloomberg shame his city in announcing a ban on smoking in places like Central Park - an unenclosed space 70 times larger than Wembley Stadium.
One wonders if Bloomberg has ever looked out across New York harbour and spotted the verdigris-coated reminder of his country's statement (now empty) to the rest of the world concerning the principle of liberty.
In rebutting, renowned US libertarian, John Stossel, points out what all but the most ridiculous in society - and Bloomberg falls squarely into that category - know already.
But the science isn’t clear. Studies have shown that secondhand smoke may be dangerous for people who are stuck with chain smokers for years in claustrophobic situations like homes and cars. Even then, the evidence was thin. Some studies found no effect. Being on the same sidewalk as someone puffing away may be unpleasant, but isn’t going to hurt pedestrians.I presume he used so many words because simply stating "Bloomberg is a cunt who talks bollocks" is frowned upon these days.
But then, Bloomberg seems to have an inconsistent understanding of all kinds of freedoms and rights, as Cato explains here.
A front-page story in today’s New York Times begins:Yep, Bloomberg is a defender of property rights ... unless he doesn't feel property rights are important anymore. And he is proud to be Mayor of the home of Lady Liberty ... except when he doesn't think liberty should be allowed on the back of scientific evidence which doesn't exist.Michael R. Bloomberg is a former Wall Street mogul with a passion for the rights of a private property owner.The story is about the not-really-at-Ground-Zero mosque, of course.
Bloomberg has a passion for property rights — except when the property owner wants to allow smoking on his own property or just wants to keep the property he owns even if a richer person wants it.
By comparison, Boris doesn't come across as quite that bonkers anymore, does he?
ADDENDUM: I nearly forgot, there is a classic of its genre in the comments to Stossel's article.
Logan9773Into the catalogue it goes.
Smokers are idiots. They know that smoking will kill them and they are a drag on our health care system. We should do them a favor and give them a quick clean bullet through the head.
September 16, 2010 at 3:26 pm