I am not a smoker and have never been a smoker.
However, as somebody who places liberty above most else, I’ve never believed that the world should be fashioned entirely in one image – as such, I abhor the petty vindictiveness of the blanket pub smoking ban.
Before the ban, I always had the choice of whether to go to the pub or not. Since the ban, I’ve retained the choice but lost the will to exercise it; the ‘cleaner’ air has made for a less convivial atmosphere – my freedom of association has been diminished.
But the zealots are not done. They are coming for you smokers in your cars, in your homes… and now they are coming for you on the street as well. Town Councillor Paul Bartlett is seeking to ban smoking on the streets of Stony Stratford, 10 miles or so from Milton Keynes.
And unless you’ve been totally divorced from reality, you’ll already know that the zealots have others in their sights – you drinkers, you drivers, you chubbies..
you’re we’re next.
But for once there is good news – and if you’ve been an industrious reader of the sites on my blogroll you will already be aware that Dick Puddlecote has organised a good humoured act of rebellion. If you’ve not peviously visited DP’s site (for shame!), you can arm yourself with the details here.
For reasons of poverty (the story of my life – but no regrets), I’m unable to be there on the day. If you or yours are able to lend support to the beleaguered libertarians of Stony Stratford, I’m sure you’ll be made very welcome.
Stony Stratford… it even has the ring of legend, don’t you think?