Oh dear oh dear, Nanny really is fixated with smoking. Not content with banning it inside public buildings, and trying to prevent firemen from entering the homes of smokers, Nanny is now trying to ban smoking in the open air as well.
Nanny's chums in Sutton council want to introduce a smoking ban in children's open air play areas.
Why do we need local councils?
Needless to say councillor Bruce Glithero, the person leading the hysterical calls for an open air ban, belongs to the party with a name that is a contradiction in terms...Liberal Democrat.
Isn't it funny how the Liberal Democrat party is always at the vanguard of calls for restrictions on people's liberties?
Why don't they change their name to something that actually reflects their true political leanings, eg The League of Interfering Fascists?
Anyhoo, Glithero said:
"As the father of four daughters we often like to go to the park, but recently I was sitting at the side of the sandpit when I turned around to see one of my four-year-old twins spluttering.
At first I thought she had swallowed some sand, but then I realised she was coughing because smoke from a woman sitting nearby was blowing directly into her face. It seemed so unfair.
The main reason people go to the park is to enjoy some fresh air, and this move aims to protect that."
What a prat!
There is ample fresh air for everyone and life, by the way, is unfair; so stop whinging!
The council has approved Glithero's plans, and the scheme will be trialled at Beddington Park.
Needless to say, the sign printing industry will be doing very nicely out of this. Signs will be erected (can I say erected?) informing smokers of the new rules, which will be enforced by Safer Neighbourhood Teams.
Safer Neighbourhood Teams?
Has anyone ever heard of these people?
Who are they, what do they do and are taxpayers paying for them?
Now, here is where this scheme of Glithero falls apart.
Can you guess what the fundamental problem is with his scheme?
Yes, that's right, it's not be legally enforceable.
The council clearly is inhabited by a complete bunch of tossers, how do you enforce a non legally enforceable rule?
Seemingly Glithero expects the public to co-operate.
The costs of the signs for this unenforceable rule run to £860. This money could have been spent on improving the playground facilities for the kids.
This not the first time that Sutton council has done something stupid. In 2006 Sutton councillors tried to stop people smoking in their own homes.
Under the proposal, council tenants would not have been allowed to smoke while being visited by health workers and staff such as those delivering meals on wheels. Needless to say the scheme was deemed to be bollocks by people who live in the real world, and had to be withdrawn in the face of fierce opposition.
Funny how the phrase Liberal Democrat is such a contradcition in terms.
The trouble with Liberal Democrats and indeed local councils is that common sense, and practicalities are irrelevant to them.
As I often ask on this site; what is the farking point, use or value of local councils (or for that matter Liberal Democrats)?
With regard to the absurd scheme of Sutton council, I suggest that a bevy of smokers descend upon the park and light up; let's see what happens then.