British Health Secretary Alan Johnson tells us the smoking ban is a smashing success with no adverse social or business consequences whatsoever. Yes, he said that, and he gives not a moment’s attention to anyone who says otherwise. Links: (original) (stored)
Meanwhile, amidst general social division and misery, there has been a rash of spiking drinks that are left unattended (generally by smokers heading outside) on bars and tables, with drugs of the "Mickey Finn" variety beloved of thieves, and of the "Spanish Fly" variety preferred by rapists. Links: (original) (stored)
Did Alan say hospitality business is booming? We also hear this: "The Hogshead in Lynn is one of a number of Laurel pubs which are being closed due to impact of the smoking ban and difficult trading conditions." Links: (original) (stored)
"Pubs have been closing at the rate of 27 a week — nearly four every day — over the past year as the savage impact of the smoking ban and spiralling costs combined to decimate the very heart of British life." Links: (original) (stored)
Undoubtedly Alan Johnson and his fellow Health Nazis will keep listening only to themselves. They are welcome to do that once they are disempowered. The time to disgrace and unseat the bastards is this minute.