Alex Cunningham - a right royal arrogant twerp from Stockton - is presenting a ten minute rule bill this afternoon arguing for a ban on smoking in private cars.
It's scheduled, as is usual, for immediately after PMQs at 12:30pm and should be available to view live here.
He's extremely proud of himself for this, so he is. So much so that he placed his pompous 'arris on an ITV TyneTees couch on Thursday to be grilled by jaw-droppingly inept local presenter, Gerry Foley. The 'hard talk' went something like this.
GF: "So, Alex. You want to ban smoking in cars."Not verbatim, obviously, but sadly the link to the programme is now dead so I had to paraphrase.
AC: "Yes, I do, I was approached by the British Lung Foundation to do so and I'm a hideous authoritarian, so I jumped at the chance."
GF: "I'm going to put you on the spot here, but do you think smokers should be flayed humanely, or just be shot with dum-dum bullets?"
AC: "Yes, you're right Gerry, they're a stain on humanity and I want to take control of their property. Screw their rights is what I say."
GF: "Cheers, Alex. Now, onto Ed Balls, how bloody great is HE!"
Anyway, it'll be interesting to see if - just as with Kevin Barron back in October - Cunningham pumps out the usual anti-tobacco fabrications as he reveals himself to be the very worst kind of self-important dictator. I'll be keeping a particular eye out for the 17% heart attacks lie, and the completely fictitious '23 times more toxic' codswallop.
There's more about this at Taking Liberties ... and just look who's going to be speaking against the bill.
God speed, Philip, me old china.
UPDATE: The bill was passed by 78 votes to 66, by no means a strong majority so that should be the end of that. For now, at least. If you missed the whole thing, it's now available to view at this BBC link.