Tuesday, March 6, 2012

it's to protect the workers

Andrew (is he really a Tory) Lansley has been on the morning news shows pushing the line that there needs to be less smoking, smoking causes preventable deaths, and previewing the campaign he's supporting to ask people nicely not to smoke in their homes or cars.


And we all know what'll happen next ....

6 comments:

Dick Puddlecote said...

Vokuntary never stays voluntary for long, 'tis sadly true.

Xopher said...

There's been a lot on BBC Tv this morning about the reduction in smoking rates over the past 50 years.
Shame they don't look deeper to see how counter productive the current expensive efforts are.

Antisthenes said...

The state having relieved it's citizens of personal responsibility now find that those citizens no longer act responsibly and behave badly and abuse the system. This the government is finding is increasing the financial burden on them so wish to have their citizens behave responsibly again. The answer of course is for the state to do less and return responsibility to the individual. It might be expected that the right would recognise this and make the necessary adjustments which they are not. Instead they are attempting persuasion and coercion which is illiberal and anti-democratic. The blame for Conservatives following this line is not entirely their fault the state take over of responsibility has been left wing inspired and has become all pervading. The Conservatives are impeded in reintroducing personal responsibility by being in coalition with the left and because there is insufficient popular support to do so.

Xopher said...

The 50 year celebrations and future plans can be seen in the Guardian - http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2012/mar/06/smoking-deaths-failure-political-leadership

James Higham said...

Was the glove velvet?

Anonymous said...

*reduction in smoking rates over the past 50 years.*

I am sure they have significantly fell over that period.

But I do wonder how they get these numbers, (how many people smuggle tobacco).

And what is a smoker, is someone who has a few joints at the weekend a smoker?