A Prediction For 2012

December 31, 2011 15 Comments
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It’s not going to be Stony Stratford that first bans smoking in the open air, or in cars, much to Cllr Bartlett’s chagrin.

It’s going to be somewhere in Wales:

Victoria Winckler, director of the Bevan Foundation, has added her voice to the growing support in Wales for a ban on smoking in cars, especially those carrying children.

Note that; ‘especially‘ in cars carrying children. Not only in cars carrying children. Did anyone ever really think that children were anything more than a foot in the door for these people?

Read the comment thread. It’s depressing…

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15 Responses to A Prediction For 2012

  1. December 31, 2011 at 11:34 am

    This one’s been grumbling away for a while now. The Assembly is planning to educate and if that doesn’t work – i.e. the proles don’t do as they are told, then they will legislate – as mentioned in this article.

    Also a recurring theme in the comments is the impossibility of enforcement. This is a fair point. And, frankly widespread disobedience is probably the best tactic when faced with such illiberal legislation should it happen.

    It was never about children, just as it was never about bar workers. It is about temperance. Always was.

    • January 1, 2012 at 6:47 am

      “It is about temperance. “

      Spot on!

  2. December 31, 2011 at 11:47 am

    If something is banned than the ban is absolute. It cannot be ‘especially’ banned in one circumstance while only ordinarily banned in another.

    • January 1, 2012 at 6:47 am

      I don’t think things like logic ever filter into the minds of these people…

  3. Rob F
    December 31, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    Are we going to see a ban on children in cars, too?

    After all, “Are we nearly there yet?” is very distracting and could possibly cause an accident.

    • nemesis
      December 31, 2011 at 9:29 pm

      Just ban cars and have done with it.

      • Moppy
        December 31, 2011 at 11:49 pm

        Yes please, more room for motorbikes! Can we smoke on our bikes, after all there is the expression “As much use as an ashtray on a motorbike”?

        HNY anyway!

        • January 1, 2012 at 12:13 am

          Wisdom here.

          • January 1, 2012 at 6:51 am

            :smile:

        • January 1, 2012 at 9:49 am

          You’ve not ridden a Gold Wing, then? :twisted:

          • January 1, 2012 at 4:08 pm

            My uncle used to turn up at our house on his GoldWing with his pipe firmly clamped in his mouth – though I don’t remember whether it was ever actually alight.

            • January 1, 2012 at 4:44 pm

              But did it have an ashtray?

              • January 1, 2012 at 5:13 pm

                It did indeed – along with a bewildering variety of extra gadgets and gizmos; he used to say that it was the complete opposite of the pared-down Vincents he test-rode in the 50s.

  4. David
    January 1, 2012 at 10:23 am

    No one has to comply or consent to this madness. Familiarise yourself with the law. More of us have to start saying no.

  5. nisakiman
    January 1, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    What Wales should ban is wellington boots. That might then leave them with time to reflect on the idiocy of their proposed legislation, and its ramifications. (Ha! Unintended pun!)

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