Churchmouse has a nice piece up on the bansturbators.
All was going well and I agreed until he got to the children:
‘Think of the children’. Any prohibitionist rhetoric concerning legal adult activity — consumption of tobacco or alcohol — must have a family or future generations element. ASH and others say that if smokers really cared about their children, they would either smoke outdoors or give up altogether.
I’m afraid I must take issue here. As I replied to CM:
The problem with “think of the children” is that the argument is valid and there’s not nearly enough of it going on, hence children debauched young these days and so on. Problem is the banners have hijacked this and robbed it of seeming veracity.
This is part of the leftist tactics – invoke a logical and true behaviour, i.e. protecting our children as a lever in a different debate, undermine it and you get a double result – firstly you get your bans in and secondly, people are so p***ed off by your reasoning that to protect children becomes unfashionable and so the wolves come in.
I for one do care what happens to our kids.