Good grief, Nanny comes up with some stooopid ideas at times but this one really takes the proverbial biscuit!
One of Nanny's special chums, Prof Julian le Grand a former advisor to Tony Blair, has come up with the really potty idea that smokers should be forced to apply for an annual £200 licence in order to purchase cigarettes.
For fark's sake!
He also proposed banning food manufacturers from adding salt to products, an exercise hour for all employees during the working day and free fruit in offices.
Clearly this man doesn't get out and about very much.
Anyhoo, Prof le Grand is of the view that his idea would make healthy choices the norm and force those who object to make a conscious effort to opt out.
Has it come to this?
Is Nanny really going to force people to do things???
Now we see Nanny in her true colours.
Once this guy's scheme was up and running, it could be extended so smokers had to get a doctor's signature that their health was not at "massive risk" by smoking in order to get a licence.
The prof wants people to fill in forms and have photographs taken in order to apply for his permit.
What a total knobhead this man is.
Here's why the idea is bollocks (aside from the very obvious point that it is not Nanny's place to do this):
1 Enforcing it would be almost impossible.
2 People with a permit would simply buy fags for their mates who don't have a permit.
3 It would require a special force of smoking permit inspectors to check on people who were seen smoking in the street.
4 In order for each smoker to see their GP every year, to have their permit renewed, it would take up 25 million appointments annually and rob millions of sick people of the chance of seeing their doctor.
What a total "pr*ck" this man is.