Compulsory ID cards one day, smoking 'ban' the next.
The ID card is just another straightforward restriction of a Briton's right to live peacefully in a free society. It is of course wholly a result, a spin-off, of unrestricted immigration and our loss of control over our own borders - indeed our own cities. It will in the first instance be used against Islamic terrorists. It will not end there.
(A prototype ID card can be seen here)
The smoking ban in some ways is even more scary, as it shows the total moral and political confusion of our ruling elite, their lack of any firm political, moral or philosophical foundation for anything they do.
Scots and Welsh MPs voted on a matter which is nothing to do with them. English MPs can't vote on the corresponding Scots and Welsh legislation. Do they have no shame ?
Ministers voted against their own manifesto commitment, just as they did over ID cards.
So-called 'Conservative' MPs voted for a ban.
MPS voted to legislate for private, membership-only institutions - a real blow against freedom.
I'm not unmindful of the health risk to employees and bar staff. But surely air extraction technology is adfvanced enough to keep a bar area clear. Whatever happened to the smoke room, once a sensible feature of old fashioned pubs ? There's no doubt that with goodwill on all sides this problem could be sorted.
But as it turns out, the emotional cries of 'what about the workers ?' from Labour Mps contain 50% crocodile tears by volume. Some workers are more important than others. Nurses and care home staff can breathe smoke for all they care - because for the purposes of the bill care homes are 'private residences'. So can prison officers and staff - because the government are scared of violent reactions from people supposedly in the power of the State if 'snout' is taken away. Tells you everything about our rulers. Besides, what would they mix their dope with ?
Arrested individuals can still smoke in the back of the police car.
Oh, and there'll still be one place - and only one place - where you can have a fag with your beer.
The Houses of Parliament. I can't understand why 'one rule for us' wasn't in the manifesto.
But it's the principle that gets me - and that was conceded a long time ago, with motorcycle helmet and seat belt legislation. The principle that public health justifies the restriction of freedoms - particularly the restriction of freedom even in private institutions (which should not be a government's business) potentially has no limits.
You could present a perfectly good case on the grounds of public health for making illegal
Fornication and Adultery
(There is one political force in the UK which would like all of the above to be implemented. Probably just coincidence.)
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