Category Archives: Smoking Ban

Welsh van man fag trap

A self-employed van driver in Wales has been fined for smoking in his own van. What is it about the local authority mindset, why is it even worse in Wales, and do the local police have nothing better to do? … Continue reading

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Verboten to photograph the Fuhrer

We used to mock the Germans for the devotion to the outward forms of authority. Back in the days when everything was allowed which was not forbidden, and when Britons were allowed to make their own assessments of risk, we … Continue reading

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Condemning the sludge in the public service pond

I do not often run ad hominem attacks on public servants. It is often hard to distinguish between their personal failings and those of the system which they work in and, for the most part, it would be like criticising … Continue reading

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The silly cow of Milton Keynes

Housing Minister Caroline Flint, seeking to justify the so-called eco-towns which the government proposes to dump on rural Conservative areas, tells the Times that Milton Keynes has more bio-diversity than the fields which preceded it. I remember the fields which … Continue reading

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Few no smoking signs in New York

Why do we need all the no smoking signs? Is it because Caroline Flint was herself too dim to manage without signs everywhere, or is it just corrupt government spreading its patronage to buy votes? New York is famously not … Continue reading

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Googling for Caroline Flint’s bits

Time for an update on the continuing saga of Caroline Flint’s body parts. Regular readers will recall that I have a double interest in Caroline Flint (see the posts here). One was deliberate – as a libertarian smoker, I have … Continue reading

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A useful role at last for Caroline Flint

The Times carries a story about pubs hiring strippers to try and woo back the trade lost as a result of the smoking ban. It wonders of this is an example of the Law of Unintended Consequences. I wonder if … Continue reading

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