I see the Gauleiters of Stony Stratford (population 12,000) are licking their lips in anticipation of being the first town in the UK to ban smoking in the street, if the motion put forward by councillor Paul Bartlett is passed by the town council and Milton Keynes Council.
In the event that the motion is passed on 19 July, smokers who have a fag in the street would find themselves at the mercy of plastic police (PCSO's), traffic wardens and (even more alarmingly, shades of 1984 here) members of the public who would be able to report smokers who then would be liable to being fined.
In what "normal" town would a "normal" citizen stick his nose into a fellow citizen's business and report him for smoking in the street?
Bartlett's excuse for his proposed law is that it would "make the environment cleaner" and prevent "harm" to children.
How many times does Nanny use the "won't someone think of the children!" excuse to ram down our throats some unsavoury piece of legislation?
Bartlett appears to have a few "issues" when it comes to smokers/smoking, he is quoted rambling in a disjointed and semi incoherent fashion by the Mail:
"Why should people have the freedom to smoke in my face, pass on diseases and spoil the environment?
When you walk through the high street in any town smoke is in your face and harming you and any children there.
Smokers then get their butt, which is full of saliva, and chuck it on the floor.
It costs millions to clear street rubbish, and goodness knows what a child could pick up from them.
If I make the environment cleaner and save on council tax, sometimes you have to take the bull by the horns."
Given Bartlett's fears over pollution etc, why does he not ban cars as well?
I would have some respect for him if he had at least a consistent policy towards pollution.
Anyhoo, my sympathies to the residents of Stony Stratford, if this law is passed, aside from the impossibility of enforcing this absurd ban it will unleash upon the streets a tidal wave of interfering odious unpleasant busybodies who will use their new "powers" to make everyone lives a misery.
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