There exists ‘a crime’. That ‘crime’ is “permitting smoking in an enclosed place”. After the smoking ban was introduced, a few publicans rebelled. But they were very quickly subdued. The emphasis should be on ‘very quickly’. No real attempt was made to examine the legal requirement for an individual to act as an unpaid law enforcement officer.
These sort of issues can be very confusing. For example, it is often the case that laws are passed which require groups or individuals to ‘take care’. That would apply to manufacturing standards and such. Is that the same thing? I would say that not. The ‘crime’ would be in producing an unsafe product. There would be no requirement for that group to police users of the unsafe product.
The excuse for creating ‘a crime’ of “permitting smoking in an enclosed place” depends entirely upon Second Hand Smoke harm to employees.
But think. What that argument depends upon is the idea that employees are robots – that they have no volition – that they have no option but to work in bars, pubs, etc. What the law did was simply ensure that, a) People could not refuse poorly paid jobs in pubs on the grounds that the tobacco smoke was bad for their health, and, b) avoid accusations that Government was being manipulated by ‘Big Business’.
Weird, is it not, that Tobacco Control is now itself a ‘Big Business’. Massive profits are being made world-wide.
Where will the ‘Crime’ of “Permitting” be applied next?
The ‘Sugar Question’ arises with great force. It is easy to force/persuade major food manufacturers to lower the sugar content of their produce, but what about the myriad of small bakeries, pie shops, restaurants, etc? Will a sugar content law turn them into criminals?
That is why the Crazy Health Zealots want EVERYONE IN THE UK to pay a tax/levy on the half a teaspoonful of sugar that they put in their tea. It is a way to avoid criminalising millions of people. Or rather, it is a way to avoid criminalising the addition of more that half a spoonful of sugar to one’s cup of tea.
It seems that Cameron has permitted hundreds of highly paid civil servants to waste their time on producing legislation to raise a tax on sugar. How weak can you get? The WEAKNESS was amply revealed by the plain packaging of tobacco thing. I use the word ‘thing’ advisedly. There was no great call from The People for it. It was ‘a thing’ which a few Crazy Tobacco Control Zealots called for. Cameron et al fell into the trap. The trap is to be a wimp and to mealy-mouthed. The trap is to fail to reject strongly the right of smokers to know what they are smoking. The protection of smokers from crap tobacco products has been abandoned.
Why should tobacco products be singled out to be unregulated as to quality?
Smokers are being treated cruelly, but our politicians do not see it. But they don’t give a shit anyway.
I don’t remember many laws of ‘permitting’. There was a time when ‘permitting’ the use of premises for prostitution was a crime. I’m not sure if that ‘crime’ still exists. Perhaps the use of premises for prostitution is now OK, provided that smoking is prohibited in said premises.
How in God’s Name did the law demanding that innocent people police a Smoking Ban get onto the statute book? It is a scandal of the greatest importance. And yet the elected politicians do not see it – or do not care. My bet is that they do not care.
The result of not caring about simple things is that a similar attitude applies to important things. Thus, allowing yourself to be influenced by the Medical Profession, to accept SHS harm, will condition your mind to accept any tiny affect at all as important.
Cameron is trying to convince us that the only problem with the EU is migrants. That is absolutely not true. At this moment, it is true that the invasion must be stopped. But disallowing benefit claims will not stop the invasion.
None of the above describes the real problem. The real problem is what the EU has become, and what our politicians have allowed it to become. For example, there is no way that the EU should have become an extension of the World Health Organisation or the United Nations Organisation. Both of them are corrupt beyond imagining.
Would it not be wonderful if Trump said that he would kick the UN out of the USA? He ought to since that organisation is just a dead weight on the taxpayer. That is also true of the EU. Why does it take an invasion of crazy zealots from an alien culture to to tell politicians what they should have been aware of in the first place?
I suspect that Politicians are not knowledgeable enough to make ANY decisions. Further, I don’t think that they know whom to get good advice from. How can you explain the email exchanges between ‘Expert’ McKee and the Chief Medical Officer? He is obviously a charlatan, and yet he controls the CMO.
Why is the Chief Medical Officer subservient and lacking in critical thinking? It can only be that she is incompetent.
The criminalisation of innocents must be stopped. There is no excuse. It is a simple fact borne out by history.