Those of you with reasonably unaddled brains may well recall that, back in October, I warned you all of Nanny's plans to issue licences to people who wished to smoke.
The loon behind those plans was Professor Julian Le Grand.
Well, some five months on, the professor (who, much like syphilis, refuses to go away) is making national headlines.
In a rare departure from NKB policy here is a link to the BBC story.
Here is 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.
Wrt Nanny's use of the phrase "stakeholders".
What a load of mumbo jumbo bureaucratic double speak shite.
Why don't these tossers speak English?