Friday, August 03, 2007

Light Up Fair Albion

Pub landlords in Bedminster say the smoking ban is threatening their businesses. The ban, which came in on July 1, outlaws smokers from lighting up inside pubs, clubs and offices. Debbie Cornish, pictured, landlady of the Barley Mow pub in East Street, said traditional workers' pubs such as hers could be driven out of business by the law. She said: "It is losing us trade, and I don't think we are seeing the full effect now - in winter, people won't want to step outside for a cigarette ."The big pubs have facilities and room to put up awnings outside for smokers, but we can't do that."It will kill of pubs like this one in the end.

Just one snap shot from the Bristol Chronicle of the agonies across the Land as the thousand year old tradition of meeting for beers and fags in the Pub is killed by nanny Caroline Flint. Last night I stepped out and attended summit meeting in a local Pub with the witty and urbane Mr. Croydonian and the scene was one from absurdist drama . The cosy interior was empty whilst crowds of smokers and non smokers congregated in the garden shivering ever more violently as night folded its dark wing over the land . The good news is that the ban is not working and resentment against it is growing not receding . Wreathed attractively in sinuous tendrils of aromatic smoke we discussed the infringement of property rights , the misrepresentation of passive smoking and the bovine passivity of the nation confronted with this outrage .

Light Up Fair Albion .Let the love of liberty that is our birthright enflame your match and lend its bedazzlement to your cigarette .

7 comments:

Ed said...

bovine passivity of the nation confronted with this outrage

Problem is, that most non-smokers think the ban is a good idea just as most non-hunters think that the Hunting Act was a good idea.

We no longer live in a liberal country. We have an elected dictatorship of majority tyranny.

Newmania said...

Problem is, that most non-smokers think the ban is a good idea

Not that I`ve noticed and not so much that they want to replace the trade our pubs are losing . It is a good point thoguh that the slow constriction of our Liberties goes forward by each group collabrating against eachother.

Anonymous said...

Didn't some survey or other find that a surprising number of non-smokers are opposed to this ban? Good to see there are still a lot of reasonable people in nulab's UK. And thank you, all of you, for that. When nulab attempts to outrageously criminalise you for some trumped up reason we smokers will stand up for your freedom and dignity too.

Auntie Flo'

cigarettes are the enemy said...

I am pleased about the ban for totally selfish reasons - I gave up smoking a week beforehand, and it's certainly helping me stay off the fags. All friends and family are non-smokers and are much happier with the ban too: go to pub more often and stay longer. I think trade will even out eventually. If they can manage in Scotland...

cigarettes are the enemy said...

p.s. I am bored as hell without my pack of Embassy No 1, but don't tell anyone

Newmania said...

I think trade will even out eventually. If they can manage in Scotland.

Well you can get used to anyhting eventually . What next?

The Hitch said...

As the urbane croydonian loves to smoke some rather (legal)pungent cheroots , outside was the best place to be.

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