The One Group You Can Abuse In Britain…

Smokers, of course:

Stephen Aylen, a Tory councillor for Belfairs, Leigh, made his views clear at a public meeting where he condemned the “damage” smokers caused to council properties.

Wow, a little bit of tobacco causes that much damage, eh?

He claimed additional redecorating and insurance was needed to house smokers and the costs were an unfair burden on the taxpayer, particularly non-smoking taxpayers.

And just where’s this going to stop? Would he like to see pet owners barred from council houses too, on the basis that the house will be full of pet hair?

How about people who drink too much, eat too much fatty food, on the grounds that they are putting too much of a strain on the foundations?

Mr Aylen said: “I do not care if people who smoke get cancer and die.

“It is their choice to do it. But housing smokers does cost more money, when you think about the redecorating costs and the insurance costs. I think it is something we should be looking at.”

Well, of course you do. After all, you can be safe and secure, as LegIron points out, that no-one will chide you – officially – for your loathing and contempt towards this most hated group. In fact, in the comments, there are a fair few people willingly going along with your cheerleading.

In the comments, someone claiming to be his daughter claims he didn’t say it at all, but there’s ‘no need’ to sue the paper for libel. Hmmm, I wonder why not?

5 comments for “The One Group You Can Abuse In Britain…

  1. December 22, 2011 at 9:20 am

    I read somewhere recently (but I don’t know where) that landlords budget for redecorating every five years. That’s ample for both smokers and non smokers. If this is true then smokers don’t cost any more money, it’s just another example of smoker bashing that everyone seems fine with these days.

    • December 22, 2011 at 11:54 pm

      Agree, Bucko. Sad to read that this came from a Tory councillor.

      Thanks, Julia, for the heads up (and my apologies for the Americanism 😉 ).

      • December 23, 2011 at 7:00 am

        We don’t really have ‘tory councillors’ any more. Not as we used to know them, at least.

  2. December 22, 2011 at 10:25 am

    Children can cause a fair amount of superficial damage too. Maybe Mr Aylen prefers not to tackle that one.

    • December 23, 2011 at 7:00 am

      Damn good point!

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