For reference, especially for my American readership, fag in this case means cigarette!
Today is the last day that you can have a relaxing fag in a public place (eg pub, bar, club etc). As from tomorrow Nanny's new anti smoking rules come into effect in England.
Even the hallowed Smoking Room of my club (The East India) will have to ban smoking (note, the room will still be called "The Smoking Room").
All very silly, we are adults and should be allowed to go to the devil in our own way. I certainly have quite a few methods of going to the devil!
Unfortunately, Nanny does not believe in freedom of choice.
Whilst I do not smoke myself, I believe that others should be allowed to do so. I also have a view that the exhaust from cars are far more likely to damage our health, than even the smokiest of bars. However, you will never see Nanny banning cars.
Now that she has dispensed with smoking, her next target is drinking; then comes meat eating.
Mark my words, Nanny will do her best to ban these pleasures as well.
"In Germany they came first for the Communists,
and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist.
Then they came for the Jews,
and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew.
Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist.
The they came for the Catholics,
and I didn't speak up because I was a Protestant.
Then they came for me,
and by that time no one was left to speak up."
So there we have it ladies and gentlemen, another freedom has been eroded.
Whilst we contemplate this, let us list the various terms for smoking and cigarettes; I will start you off:
-Having a fag
Please add to the list.