Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Government view on Smoking "Hazy"

Ahead of a series of key Commons votes later today, the Government has come under increased criticism for sending mixed messages on the anti smoking bill.

The Health Sectretary Patricia Hewitt says she'll vote for a total ban, although the Department of Health is backing its original plans to allow smoking in private membership clubs and non-food serving pubs.

Far from giving a clear steer, the Prime Minister is understood to be taking a relaxed view, he commented, "Yeah whatever, man. Chill. Anyone got any munch?"

Gareth who spells toke in a strange Canadian way started this...but mine's cleaner. And more topical. And I'm on Day 20 as a born-again non-smoker so everyone else can suffer!


Blogger Toque said...

Ha ha. No, 'toque' means wooly hat (beanie) in Canadian.

Tue Feb 14, 05:01:00 PM GMT  
Blogger Gavin Corder said...

Yes...a red, green and gold crocheted toque...very fetching...

Tue Feb 14, 05:06:00 PM GMT  
Blogger Six Years Late said...

I can't believe what a balls up they've made of this. They've turned what should have been a simple piece of legislation into a huge New Labour style palava. I'd laugh if ou couldn't see so clearly through their ridiculously transparent reservations about losing tax revenue.

Tue Feb 14, 05:32:00 PM GMT  
Blogger Toque said...

Well, I have to have something to keep my dreds in place.

Tue Feb 14, 08:01:00 PM GMT  
Blogger Span Ows said...

great photo!...syndicate it!

Ditto Six's comment...do they do this sort of thing on purpose: where you get the impression a group of primary school kids could handle it in a better way?

Tue Feb 14, 10:52:00 PM GMT  
Blogger The Great Gildersleeve said...

I do not smoke but had it been a case of certain areas in a resturant are available with adequate ventilation etc...(and surely someone can come up with a system in this day and age)or its a private club where you know people are smoking and want to smoke(and are willing to work in such a place)and are not forced to I cannot see a problem.

Non smokers often say that they do not want smokers in their chosen place of leisure as it infringes on their rights, therefore canthose who smoke not also have somewhere for them?

You can become ill even when you do not do any of the things that they say are bad for us.

But of course we know what happens...Bet we can guess what the radio phone-in will on R5 tomorrow.

Non smokers keep insisting that they want to go in to a building where the smokers are...why? Can you not find one to suit yourself with all the places that there are in the UK?

Good luck to anyone who manages to give up(Hope you are successful Gavin)but I am just waiting to see what the next thing is to be banned.

I lost my Father due to smoking so I could be very sanctmonious and heavy but I'm the opposite.

Like the image BTW ;-)

Tue Feb 14, 11:26:00 PM GMT  
Blogger Kayfer Kettle said...

Hope the non-smoker in you is still fighting the good fight Gav.

I'm getting my head around another attempt.

I don't smoke cigarettes so my smoking is done at home.

I'm going to find a hobby that keeps me away from home!

K x

Mon Feb 20, 09:32:00 PM GMT  

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