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Sunday, 1 July 2007

"NO MORE SMOKING ANYMORE."


So that's it the clampdown continues. The Liberty of the smoker has been taken away. As from today 'smoking in public places is banned' (remember its all about the language) any one who breaks the ban can be fined up to £200. Right then since when has a smoking room at work been a 'public place' would a non smoker go into one, I doubt it, but thanks to this new law workers that smoke have to stand outside their work place; on street corners like prostitutes and drug dealers. In pubs and clubs fair enough, after all it's all down to the harm principle and the rights of individuals, so long as their liberty to do what they like doesn't effect the liberty and rights of others. (J.S Mill-On Liberty)hence public places, but smoking rooms at work? Looks like the bosses are using a piece of government legislation to their own ends in a bid to increase productivity among workers who would normally go for a smoke break, surely this is the same as having a break, which is required by Health and Safety law from sitting in front of a computer for too long. Britain is the only EU country that has banned smoking in the work place. Others have left that decision to the employers. As for the cost saving to the NHS, this is bollocks! the savings to the Health Service are outweighed by the profits to the Treasury. After all if you don't want people to smoke, stop allowing the production and retail of the fucking things. Aaah, but then you'd be infringing the rights of individuals to make vast amounts of money and we can't have that can we, because then characters like Bernie Eccelstone wouldn't have been able to make a hefty donation to New Labour party funds and buy his way out of a cigarette advertising ban in sport. How many more clampdowns on our freedoms are there gonna be in the name of profit and peace. These 'foiled' terrorist attacks in London and Glasgow are nice and timely. The first test for our new leader, how will he react in the face of a critical terror threat how many front doors of the Muslim communities will be kicked down, how many 'suspects' will be detained without trial and what new laws will be introduced 'to secure our future safety', well a few laws about the production and consumption of Western commodity goods would be a start, after all one of the things the terrorists express their hatred for is the excesses of the West. So let the government clampdown on conspicuous consumption, but we know they won't for reasons I said earlier, so until they do we best be prepared for more smoking carbombs.

3 comments:

Pogel said...

I'm not a fan of smoking. At my work there is a smoker's patio. There is no patio for non-smokers. The smokers seem to get far more breaks. I knew a girl who went out to the patio every hour like the smokers to make a point about them getting so many breaks. A supervisor asked here what she was doing and she got told off.

mrmagoomc4 said...

SINCE IVE BEEN LIVING IN SCOTLAND ITS BEEN A NO SMOKING THING FOR AGES NOW WHICH WEN YOUR SINKING A PINT OR TWO IN THE PUB ITS A PISSOFF TO GO OUTSIDE JUST TO HAVE A FAG ITS A RIGHT PAIN IVE GOT THIS IDEA THAT LEADING PHARMACUTICALS (EXCUSE THE SPELLING HAHA) HAVE PUSHED FOR THIS BILL TO GO AHEAD DUE TO THE GREATER NEED FOR COUGH SWEETS HENCE IT ROTS YOUR TEETH AND YOU HAVE TO VISIT THER DENTIST ANMD SO ON AND SO ON FUCKING CONSPIRACY PHEORIES ARE EVERY WHERE AND THIS IS MINE I THINK THE GOVERMENT SHOULDNT TAX TABACCO FROM NOW ON UNLESS THERE GONNA BUILD SMOKERS ONLY PUBS,RESTURANTS,ETC ETC THE AMOUNT OF MONEY THEY GET FOR PEOPLES ADDICTION IS FUCKING CRAZY WITHOUT IT WERE WOULD THEY BE UP SHIT CREEK WITHOUT A ASHTRAY TO FLICK THERE ASH INTO I WONDER DOES THIS INFRINGE ON OUR RIGHTS AS A HUMAN BEING I MEAN IVE GOTTA TRAVEL 9 HOURS WITHOUT A FAG N LETS SAY THAT IF I WAS A PERSON WHO NEEDED ONE EVERY HOUR OR SO AND COULDNT HAVE ONE ETC IT WOULD SEND YOU CRAZY I MEAN THERE COULD BE A MASS MASSACRE ON THE 8.45 FROM KIRKALDY TO PLYMOUTH PEOPLE LYING DEAD IN CARRIDGE B WHICH USED TO BE A SMOKERS CARRIDGE HOW IRONIC !!!!!!!!!.....LUCKLY I CAN GO WITHOUT A FAG BUT WOT ABOUT THE POOR SODS WHO CANT ????????? ANYWAY ILL PROBABBLY GET SLATED HERE OH WELL ITS FAG TIME C U

Highlander said...

pogel, do you have a Union where you work? and was your female colleague a member? If the answer to either is 'no' then you need representation to make exactly the point that Nuzz did. If your work is predominantly VDU based then you are 'encouraged' by Health & Safety legislation to take regular breaks lest you risk eyestrain, headaches, RSI, etc. It isn't about smoking per se.