As loyal readers know, Nanny really hates smoking.
This is of course rather odd, given that she derives a rather large amount of revenue from the duties imposed on fags and the taxes raised on the profits of the fag companies and the shops and supermarkets that sell them.
Anyhoo, despite the fact that we are in a major recession and (according to the media) the NHS is falling apart, Nanny's NHS in Blackpool has decided to spend some money erecting (there's that pre watershed word again folks!) signs in and around various parks and playing fields in the Blackpool area designating them "smoke free zones".
What a farking waste of money!
According to an article in last month's Blackpool Gazette, signs are already being installed in council-owned playgrounds, and now town hall chiefs are seeking to extend the policy to parks in full.
Some dodgy "research" has Nanny believing that second hand smoke in a public open space poses a serious health risk to.....yes, you've guessed it.....children!
WON'T SOMEONE THINK OF THE CHILDREN?
How I loath that expression.
Now further bans are planned for Anchorsholme, GeorgeBancroft, Boundary, Claremont, Crossland Road, East Pines, Highfield Road, Kingscote, and Watson Road parks; Central Drive Recreation Ground, Fishers Field, Gynn Square and Whiteholme playing fields.
The park signs will be inscribed with the message:
“To protect children this is a designated smokefree site.”The initiative is part of the “Altogether Now – a Legacy for Blackpool” health promotion campaign, which is a partnership between Blackpool Council, NHS Blackpool and Blackpool Football Club.
Pass the sick bag someone.
Coun Ivan Taylor, chairman of Blackpool’s Health and Wellbeing Board, said:
“The idea is to protect the children who are on the playgrounds.What a load of nauseating crap!
I don’t think it is reasonable for children who are playing to be suffering from inhaling smoke and to being influenced by seeing adults also smoking.
We’ll have to wait and see what the reaction is but I think most people would welcome the reason for it.
Smoking is a killer and we need to do all we can to discourage it.”
How about using the money to improve the quality of the parks by removing the drunks, addicts and other assorted scumbags who pose a far greater danger to the people who use them?
Has this guy never walked down Blackpool's Golden Mile, at around midnight on a Friday, where he can see some real "health issues" that need more urgent attention?
This is money being wasted on a non existent issue!
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