Thursday, 29 October 2015

Outdoor Intolerance

Yesterday, Chris Snowdon highlighted this despicable piece of shit in Australia.

As I said myself in the morning - and have done for many years here - this is what the tobacco control industry has contributed to the world; a massaging of the prejudices of the most hideous and anti-social in society. The legitimisation of hatred and the encouragement of intolerance and bigotry.

So I can concur with Snowdon when he says that it should simply not be tolerated.
This lunacy needs to be nipped in the bud before it takes over Britain. Last week, the Manifesto Club launched a report in association with FOREST to catalogue the spread of outdoor smoking bans - and their extraordinary cost to the taxpayer - in the UK. It's written by Dolan Cummings and is called Smoked Out. It is well worth reading.
Agree entirely, so do click here if you haven't already had a gander at it.
Sharing a public space requires tolerance, a quality that is absent in the soul of the health fascist. These bigots have taken every indoor public place in Britain. We should not concede an inch of ground to them outdoors. Let's not see any more scenes like the one in the video above.
All of which reminded me of a little piece of London which is a mirror of Martin Place in Australia where that disgusting bully was endorsed by state fascists to spew his bile in public, except for one small detail. Here is a picture I took in Canary Wharf a little while ago.

Now, I'm all for private companies coming up with policies and applying them, but this is just that ... a policy. It is not a law that you cannot smoke outdoors in Canary Wharf, and it should be - in my opinion - an offence to say that it is. There is no enforcement power behind Canary Wharf's ban, nor should there be for the same reason that the mediaevel idea of private armies was barred 500 years ago.

By the way, if you've ever been to Canary Wharf, I challenge you to find any child at all, let alone one who might be lured into tobacco use by seeing smokers in the outdoors. If one were around they'd be more likely to be traumatised or seduced by the heroic levels of drinking on display ... which Canary Wharf seems to be perfectly comfortable with.

Let's just hope Alcohol Concern and their fellow liars don't come knocking on Canary Wharf management's door someday, eh?

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