Everyone else has it so... Nicky the Clegg wants to know which laws should be repealed. Personally I like Longrider's answer.
I can't get anywhere on that site. It runs like treacle in January. I did get to see the one manwiddicombe pointed out - the dozy bint who thinks that freedom means the freedom to round up smokers and gas them. She doesn't like them, so they must be eradicated.
War is peace.
Then there's the one who thinks smokers - and the obese - should have to pay for NHS treatment.
Ignorance is strength.
A clue for the clueless - we already have. We have no choice but to pay. If we are not to use the NHS then we should be able to opt out of National Insurance payments and we should not be paying tax on cigarettes either. Otherwise every one of you has to pay for personal indemnity insurance whether you need it or not. Well, I pay it so everyone should, right? Although those who don't run their own businesses should have to pay more if they want to make a claim. Fair? It is exactly the same. All in the name of freedom and equality.
Slavery is freedom.
That's the whole slogan represented in just two posts on one of Nicky's forums. If I can catch that site at a point where less than a million people are logged in at once, I'll take a look at some of the others.
If I was in the Westminster ivory tower, as out of touch with reality as most of those in there, I would be horrified to read the comments left by the antismokers on those threads. They are the ravings of Nazi Germany, the frenzied rantings of Soviet Pogroms, the wild-eyed madmen of Pol Pot's regime. There they are, on the screen, baying for the blood of their brothers and sisters and they want it still warm.
If I had never seen it before it would scare the crap out of me. That is what Labour have created, a Socialist baying mob of self-important, self-righteous Nazi supporters. Oh, sure, the Dreadful Arnott instigated it but Labour enacted the laws, Labour encouraged the persecution and Labour imposed the heavy hand of the State on dissenters. They even set up a 'Shop a Smoker' line so these wannabe Stasi could play informer. And they loved it, these small minded, perpetually offended, weak and worthless people. They had power over someone and they were keen to get on with abusing it. Now we have 'No Smoking' signs in churches and greengrocers and bus stops and anywhere with a lid on it and still it's not enough. Now these weasels in human-ish form complain that we are smoking outside! Where they forced us!
Well, I have seen it before. I'm a smoker. I see it every day. On every forum, on every street, outside every pub, nasty, spiteful, feeble people walk past smokers and fake coughs, they scream anonymously across the internet demanding 'freedom from other people's freedom'.
In their minds - what remains of their minds after 13 years of Labour - their only route to freedom is to curtail everyone else's. It makes sense in their indoctrinated, truncated thought processes. They cannot conceive of another side to that argument, even for a moment. They cannot allow smoking rooms indoors, they cannot imagine a compromise, they cannot allow a smoker's club, because they might want to go there one day. Nowhere can be off-limits to them, everywhere must be off-limits to us. That, in their twisted imaginings, is freedom.
Antismokers call us filth, they call us names which, if applied to any other group at all, would get them arrested. They call for violence and wish us a painful death, even though they have never met us and have not been even slightly inconvenienced by us at any time. They consider that to be perfectly acceptable behaviour. Oh, what lovely people they must be in real life. They are certainly approved of by the government who do nothing at all to curtail their behaviour.
What the Clegg has done here is not what he thinks. He thinks he'll get popular approval for his policies or at least enough to spin the 'popular approval' line.
What he has done is to set up a forum where the rabid antismokers can pour forth their bile and hate on a government website. Not on some obscure forum or backwater blog. Right there, in Parliament, where the government cannot ignore the sort of people they support with the ban. Where they can see what sort of people are happy with that ban. You know, the ones they mean when they say 'the smoking ban is pretty much accepted'.
Those Stasi, those hate-filled monsters, those vicious thugs, those gangs of raging maniacs, are the ones you support with the smoking ban, Clegg. They are your nasty little army of spiteful, selfish scum. Will you follow the Labour lead and turn them on the obese next? As you see, they've already started. Then drinkers, and I'm betting motorists are on the list. Will you have a 'hosepipe hotline' this summer, Clegg? These are the sort of people who would delight in selling your their neighbours, you know.
So, if the ban stays in place, then the government can be said to be happy to champion those sorts of people. Those are the sort of people, that is the sort of behaviour, the government wants to see. If the ban is broken, the government believe in choice and freedom. For everyone, not just for the most deranged. If it is not, the government want people to be vicious to each other.
If that's what they want, that's what they'll get.
Decision time, Clegg. This one is not going to quietly go away afterwards.