A campaign has been launched to outlaw smoking in all public places in Stony Stratford near Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire.
If passed, the new bylaw would mean anyone caught lighting up in the historic market town would face a fine.
Senior politicians on the town’s council have indicated their support for the scheme, which comes after the mayor of New York banned smoking from parks and beaches in the US city last month.
The town’s council will discuss the concept next month before Milton Keynes Council is likely to be asked to use its powers to introduce the ban.
Jedi High Council Milton Keynes Council has such powers? Roll on the Empire I say! Darth and the Emporer both sounded like 60-a-day men if you ask me.
Stony Stratford Councillor Paul Bartlett, who is leading the campaign, said: “When you walk through the high street in any town, smoke is in your face and harming you and any children there.
Always with the children, Moriaty! It is utterly cockatoo. That’s beyond parrotty.
“Smokers then get their butt, which is full of saliva, and chuck it on the floor. It costs millions to clear street rubbish.”
Really. If a “town” the size of Stony Stratford (which frankly sounds like the kind of place Inspector Barnaby clears up three murders in two hours courtesy of ITV2) has a total street cleaning bill in the millions then I suspect vastly more serious questions need asking.
The ban, which would be the first of its kind in the country, would be enforced by Police Community Support Officers, traffic wardens and members of the public.
PCSO. Give me strength! Fortunately my council appears to have cut those. Since then where I live now resembles the final days of Sodom (or the current days of Athens). Do you know what they did around here (very middle-class area – I feel a right chav)? They wandered around and had tea and cake at the library. That’s one of the vital front-line services cut round here. Undoubtedly it has had dire consequences such as some old biddy weeping into her apron until she decided to take her fondant fancies to the postie. Or Heaven forfend the milkman.
Cllr Robert Gifford, chairman of town’s council, described the ban as “appealing”.
That one word says it all. I hope that is a genuine quote. Note he doesn’t say “desirable” or “a good idea” but “appealling”. You don’t have to have semantic synesthesia to picture Bob in his robes and chain rubbing his hands in glee at getting more petty power.
“A result of the smoking ban is that smokers now go outside and drop their cigarette butts all over the streets,” he said.
“And legislation shall begotten of legislation, yeah unto the umpteenth generation until all of the peoples of Israel are counted as miscreants under the Tyrant Milton of the Keynes of make-work for the mouth breathers of the lands of Esau. And there shall be much wailing and indeed the gnashing of teeth and a great terror shall be upon the land. ” (Apocryphal Book of Nicholas 3:17-18 – in the vulgate these are known as the “Fuck Off Verses”. ) At least that is what St Thomas Aquinas called them.
I shall leave you to read the whole thing including the dementations of the ASH smokeswoman.
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Smoking in the street in Japanese cities was essentially banned after a number of children accidentally walked
into a lit cigarette.
Is it going to take a kid being blinded in one eye before selfish smokers in UK do the obvious, and refrain from smoking in the street?
Usually Japan follows Britain in areas of social engineering, but in this case Britain is the socially backward
The Telegraph commentators (admittedly) hammer this fantastical theatrical gayness but will that matter when it is our “betters” who decide?